Juree 2023 Award Ceremony set to shine brighter and more impactful, powered by TikTok
SINGAPORE, 8 DECEMBER – Juree Awards Asia 2023 announced top prizes for its inaugural film festival during its virtual ceremony on TikTok LIVE and Viddsee.com. The Gold Prize Winner is awarded to ‘Neko and Flies’ by Taiwanese filmmaker Shih-Han Tsao alongside the Silver Prize Winner going to ‘Sweet Squad’ by Haris Supiandi from Indonesia. ‘Bilbo’ by Rizza Joy Santiago from the Philippines took home the Grand Prize Award for Vertical Storytelling.
The Gold Prize Winner ‘Neko and Flies’, tells the story of an intellectually-challenged prostitute who lives in a dilapidated ship sheltered by kindhearted fisherman Chuang.
The Silver Prize Award went to ‘Sweet Squad’ which portrays the journey of a teen sugar courier who risks his life between the borders of Indonesia and Malaysia to help make ends meet.
Part of the international judging panel is Tim Redford, Director of Curtocircuito Short Film Festival and Executive Director for Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival who shared that more on the quality of films for Juree 2023, “I was blown away by the overall quality of this year’s films at Viddsee’s Juree Awards Asia 2023. The quality of the projects is undeniable, the stories were strong, inspiring & well executed. The films from the Open Category certainly sheds light on the immense creativity of the area. It was therefore an honor to take part in this jury to help support talented filmmakers of the future on their journey.”
The Vertical Storytelling category selected ‘Bilbo’ by Rizza Joy Santiago from the Philippines as the Grand Prize Winner. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, her film follows Carlo on his quest for happiness as the last man alive. Fortunately, before humanity’s extinction, a therapy robot named Bilbo was created, who accompanied Carlo on his mission. “This film is ingrained in my heart as a simple story that echoes what it means to pursue happiness. It is something that we all have to go through differently, yet again we all understand that the path will not be easy. I wish this film can give comfort to someone’s journey, for those fighting to find happiness and someone to fight with them,“ said Rizza Joy Santiago.
The partnership with TikTok has enabled this award to not only recognize but also promote the art of vertical storytelling. By celebrating creators who strive in this format, Juree is dedicated to inspiring the evolution of vertical content as an emerging and dynamic storytelling style among digital creators.
Viddsee is a creator platform for short premium content, with over 3 billion views, 41 million monthly reach and more than 5,000 strong storytelling community. With the mission of empowering storytellers, it provides high-quality content to audiences through its data-driven creative studio and multi-platform network.
It connects independent storytellers with digital-native audiences, brands, and partners to produce and market original films and series built upon its community. Its strong talent database and expertise in production, creative, and marketing help brands amplify content to greater value. Viddsee Labs develops IP rights and ownership at each stage of filmmaking to further facilitate the growth of Asian storytelling.
About Juree Awards Asia
Viddsee Juree Awards (‘Juree’) is an annual film award celebrating the best short films across Asia. It is part of Viddsee’s commitment to grow its storyteller network by supporting the Asian storytelling communities and inspiring a new generation of storytellers in Asia.
Entries are reviewed by a panel of international judges from diverse backgrounds and experience. The festival consists of thematic film screenings and promotes out-of-competition entries to audiences.