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Announcing the Inaugural Kalabaw Bursary Recipient

Patrick de Belen

Reel Asian is happy to announce the inaugural recipient of the Kalabaw Bursary, Patrick de Belen! Juried by Romeo Candido, Shasha Nakhai, and Martin Edralin, the $5,000 bursary award is presented annually to a Filipinx emerging artist with a strong voice, clear vision, artistic approach and a story to tell.

We had the distinct privilege to be witness to the incredible depth of talent and compelling narratives within the Filipino community during our selection process. Each applicant brought something special to the table, and although we couldn’t financially support everyone, we wholeheartedly encourage all to persist in bringing your stories to life.

After comprehensive debates and thoughtful reflections, we are awarding the bursary to Last Note by Patrick de Belen. This film courageously explores a personal narrative while addressing an often-silenced issue within our community. Its innovative and experimental approach will be emotional, metal, poetic, honest and while specifically Filipino, promises to resonate beyond our own cultural spheres. Timely and topical, Last Note will bring to light an innovative new voice in Mr. de Belen.

We’re therefore pleased to award the inaugural Kalabaw Bursary to this exceptional project. Our hope is that this funding propels Last Note towards completion, reaching an audience that will be moved by it as profoundly as we have.

We would also like to announce that the focus of year two of the Kalabaw Bursary is to be a fund that will support the creation of a script.  More details to come.

With much respect / Labis na paggalang,

Martin Edralin, Romeo Candido, Shasha Nakhai

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