Fund this Bontok Folktale Short Film
A Reward Project
Hi, folks! Please help us shoot and polish Tokwifi, our Bontok folktale short film, which is the first ever to be showcased in a major film festival!
Inspired by a folktale about a Bontok lad who fell in love with a tokwifi (star) that descended from the sky, Tokwifi is a period film with a modern-day twist to the story. It is a finalist for the QCinema International Film Festival - Shorts Category 2019.
An estimated production budget of PhP 500,000 will help us recreate the look of the town of Bontoc and its people in the 1950s. To achieve this, we are assembling a behind-the-scenes team of about 30 film artisans and around 40 Bontok actors and actresses. Your donation will help us adhere closely to our original vision for the film AND give ample allowance to our dedicated film workers.
We have already been awarded a PhP 200,000 grant from the QCinema Shorts Program, BUT we need to raise much, much more to really get the job done.
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Please help this Cordilleran story reach audiences from the rest of the country and abroad! Igorot, reprazent! ^_^
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Mark Lester M. Valle
Mark Lester M. Valle
We very rarely see films about indigenous peoples of the Philippines that portray their sensibilities and cultural nuances with accuracy and respect. The short film Tokwifi will be produced and shot by Bontoc-born and Bontoc-based artists, and the characters (except for 1950s star Laura) will all be played by Bontok Igorot non-actors who will have passed the auditions with flying colors. Hence, we assure not only a heartwarming story, but also a period-specific and accurate rendition of the indigenous Bontok psyche.
The short film is written and directed by Bontoc-based grassroots filmmaker Carla Pulido Ocampo, and is produced and lensed by her creative partner: community organizer and Ilokano-Pangasinense filmmaker Lester Valle. They are the duo behind the critically-acclaimed documentary "Walang Rape sa Bontok" which won Special Jury Mention at the Cine Totoo Philippine International Documentary Film Festival, and the Best Documentary award from the prestigious Gawad Urian in 2015.
Filmmaking is a very tedious process which involves a lot of people. These hardworking artisans (from the director to the cinematographer, down to the production assistants and utility personnel) need to be given, at the very least, a per-day allowance which they deserve for their effort. --- Also, money is needed for major logistical expenses like food, film equipment rental and maintenance, and transportation from one shoot location to another. As the script requires shooting in forests, glades, and rice terraces, we would also need to pay for porters who will carry heavy film equipment to these locations. --- Production design for period films is also crucial. For example, the budget for the 2002 film "Dekada '70", which is a little over two hours, is pegged at PhP 40 million. This includes the talent fee for the actors and actresses (Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, to name a few), but a considerable part of the budget went to painstakingly recreating 1970s Manila (wardrobe, furniture, vehicles, even '70s-style Coke bottles). Similarly, in our short film "Tokwifi" (which will be more or less 15 minutes short), we need to painstakingly recreate the look and feel of Bontoc and its people in the 1950s (kindly see the video attached to this Spark project for reference). --- Our short film only has one big star in its cast (Adrienne Vergara, FAMAS Best Supporting Actress 2019) but we wish to pay our Bontok Igorot actors and actresses, especially the one who will play the lead role Limmayug, the fee they would deserve.
With 17 pages of screenplay, we estimate the short film's total running time at 15 minutes.
Pronounced tok-wee-fee, it is the Bontok word for "star". One version of the tokwifi folklore in Bontoc, Mountain Province tells about a group of tokwifi who regularly descend to earth to take a bath in the pristine lakes of the Mountain Province. One of them stayed on earth and eventually married a Bontok man.