NFC Mentors

The Ngilngig Film Camp and Film Lab provides a conducive grounds for the established filmmakers from Mindanao, or working in Mindanao, to share their expertise in story development and film production to the carefully selected fellows who are coming from different regions in Mindanao.

We have invited two filmmakers from Mindanao to join us in our panel. We welcome Kiri Dalena and Teng Mangansakan, both stalwarts in Philippine cinema. They will join our regulars and Film Festival Director Bagane Fiola, and Film Festival Programmer Jay Rosas in helping this year’s fellows to shape their stories for film production.


Teng Mangansakan

Teng Mangansakan is a published author, film educator, visual artist and prizewinning filmmaker. He is one of the leading figures in the Regional Cinema New Wave Movement in Philippines. His filmography includes Ave (Masla a Papanok), Limbunan (Bridal Quarter), Cartas dela Soledad (Letters of Solitude), Qiyamah, The Obscured Histories and Silent Longings of Daguluan’s Children, Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner, and Forbidden Memory. He edits the film journal New Durian Cinema and runs the annual Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival in General Santos City.


Kiri Dalena

Born in 1975, Kiri Dalena is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Manila and Mindanao, Philippines. Her artworks and films focus on injustices, social inequalities and human rights. Dalena works both as an individual and in collectives, such as Southern Tagalog Exposure (active 2001-2008) and RESBAK (Respond and Break the Silence Against the Killings, 2016-present). She studied BS Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Ba ños and 16 mm documentary filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute. She is the recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards (2009) and Thirteen Artists, Cultural Center of the Philippines (2012). Her works have been shown in multiple exhibitions internationally, such as the Singapore Biennale (2013), Yokohama Triennale (2014), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2015), Busan Biennale (2016), Jakarta Biennale (2017) and the Shanghai Biennale (2018). Her works are in the collections of Singapore Art Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Ateneo Art Gallery.


Bagane Fiola

Bagane Fiola is a filmmaker from Mindanao, in southern Philippines. His second feature film Baboy Halas (Wailings in the Forest) was selected under the Bright Future non-competition section of the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. It won the NETPAC Jury Price award during its World Premiere at the QCinema International Film Festival held in Manila Philippines in 2016. Recently, the film was given a Special Newcomer Award at the Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany in October 2017. Fiola is the founder and festival director of the Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival Davao, the first fantastic film festival of its kind in the Philippines. His previous works include the film Sonata Maria, which won Best First Film at the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines 2014, and several short films, which have been exhibited in various regional film festivals. (from Kaleido Asia Collaborative Film Program Southeast Asia and Japan 2018 by Jay Rosas).


Jay Rosas

Jay Rosas is a film programmer, critic and producer based in Davao City, Philippines. He is the co-convenor and film programmer of Pasalidahay, a local film collective formed in 2015, which organizes film screenings in Mindanao and other parts of the Philippines. He acts as the programmer for Ngilngig (now the Asian Fantastic Film Festival Davao) and has also programmed films for the Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival. He writes review for Mindanao Times. He has published articles and reviews including the Film Criticism Collective of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, in which he was a participant in October 2015. He is one of the six Asians who took part in Working Title, a training program for young Asian film curators and screening professionals in Japan and Thailand, organized by the Japan Foundation. His program, Locating and Archiving the Region in Contemporary Philippine Cinema, was exhibited at the Thai Film Archive in January 2018 in Salaya, Thailand. The film program was also part of the BINISAYA Film Festival and was exhibited in UP Manila and Cebu. Recently, he co-produced two short films and is working on two documentary film projects.