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Introducing the Kalabaw Bursary

2 Dec, 2022

A $5000.00 grant for an emerging Filipinx Canadian creator to go towards the post production of a film already in motion.

At the end of the #ReelAsian26 closing night event for Topline, Romeo Candido unveiled the brand new Kalabaw Bursary to the audience. This bursary was teased throughout the festival but its official announcement took place on November 21st at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

In the spirit of Romeo Candido’s feature film debut Lolo’s Child, celebrating its 20 year anniversary at Reel Asian, and the ground-breaking nature of the water buffalo (kalabaw) of the Philippines, the Kalabaw Bursary is a grant to help a story teller who is almost at the finish line.  The grant will be awarded through Reel Asian  to a Filipinx media artist with a strong voice, clear vision, artistic approach and a story to tell.  An inaugural jury comprised of Romeo Candido, Shasha Nakhai and Martin Edralin will determine the recipient of the first-ever Kalabaw Bursary. Call for submissions to be announced spring of 2023.

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