‘John Denver Trending’ director offers free mentorship for Visayan storytellers

Scene from film. <i>Photo: Cinemalaya </i>
Scene from film. Photo: Cinemalaya

Calling all budding filmmakers (or your aspiring auteur friends).

Arden Rod Condez, the director behind acclaimed Filipino indie drama John Denver Trending, is offering 10 filmmakers from Western Visayas free online mentorship to get their short or full-length film projects off the ground.

Condez, who hails from the Western Visayas province of Antique, named the 10 mentors for the 10 budding filmmakers on his Facebook post today. This includes himself, his producers Sheron Dayoc and Sonny Calvento, as well as I’m Drunk, I Love You director JP Habac, Remington and the Curse of Zombadings director Jade Castro, and Kita Kita (“I See You”) director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo.

“Each mentor will have an online one-night session with one of our 10 Western Visayas filmmakers who will be chosen to participate in this one-of-a-kind filmmaking mentorship program,” Condez wrote, and urged creatives to send in their story ideas by May 12.

“So, what are you waiting for? Send your 1-2 pages (English or Filipino) storyline now to ardenrodcondez@gmail.com,” he added in Visayan and English.

Duro gid nga salamat sa mga nagpasa na but we are adding four more days for you to submit. Dali na! Mahulat kami. 🙂

Posted by Arden Rod Condez on Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Condez’s 2019 debut film which explored high-school cyberbullying won a prize at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in the Screenplay Category in 2018. John Denver Trending follows a 14-year-old farm boy who’s life was upended when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate went viral. The film competed at the 24th Busan International film Festival in October last year and was chosen as the best movie at the 2019 Cinemalaya Film Festival, the country’s premier fest for independent films.

Watch the trailer below if you need some inspiration or entertainment.




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