About the Director

Richard Soriano Legaspi

리차드 레가스피
리차드 레가스피는 광고, 회화, 미술 역사 교수이며 그는 영화와 TV 시나리오 작성을 공부했으며 [엠불런스]는 그의 네 번째 디지털 영화이자 첫 번째 단편영화이다.

Richard Soriano Legaspi è membro della prestigiosa Asian Film Academy del Busan International Film Festival, in Corea. Ha studiato cinema con importanti filmmakers come Mohsen Makhmalbaf e Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. La sua carriera di regista ha preso il via con Ambulancia, che è stato selezionato e ha ricevuto menzioni in molti festival (Dubai, Asiana, Bangkok, San Gio, Budapest, Grand-Off di Varsavia, Bradford, San Francisco, Patrasso e in Austria). Il suo primo lungometraggio, Paano Ko Sasabihin? ha vinto il Premio Special della Giuria, il Premio del Pubblico e il Miglior Montaggio al Cine One Originals 2009 ed è stato finalista al Babel Film Festival in Sardegna. Waiting (2012) ha visto il Premio Speciale della Giuria a Cinemalaya 2012 e il Carlos Palanca Award per la Sceneggiatura.

“The immortality of the moving picture is a magnificent evidence of human existence. I would rather jump, whether it is triumphant or a disastrous attempt into immortality, than do nothing at all.”

Richard Soriano Legaspi completed his Bachelor in Fine Arts at University of the East (UE) College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design in Caloocan, majoring in Advertising Arts and was awarded for his Exemplary Performance in the field of Visual Arts. He attended Ricky Lee’s Scriptwriting Workshop for Film and Television.

Legaspi was a film directing fellow at the prestigious Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea in 2007, having mentored by Iranian film activist Mohsen Makhmalbaf and renowned Thai filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. He gained recognitions when he started directing poetic films. His works, “Pintuan” and “Kahon,” were both finalists at the End Frame Video Project and official Philippine entries to Viewpoints of the World in Netherlands. However, his filmmaking career really took off when he did “Ambulancia,” which competed and received citations in different film festivals (Dubai, Asiana, Bangkok, San Gio, Budapest, Grand-Off Warsaw, Bradford, San Francisco, Patras and Austria).

Legaspi’s achievements gained more importance when he represented the Philippines in major festivals and won a prestigious award in Italy. His first full-length film ‘Paano Ko Sasabihin?’ starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales, won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and was a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy. He is also the director and writer of award-winning films like ‘Manenaya,’ Special Jury Prize winner at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and the opening film of Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome in 2012, and ‘Ambulancia,’ which earned the Miglior Montaggio Award at the San Gio Film Festival and was a finalist at the Dubai International Film Festival (IFF).

A prolific filmmaker, Legaspi also directed Pamatid-Gutom (Hunger Pangs), Kinulayang Kiti (Hand-Painted Feathers), Pagtakas sa Kawalan (Escape to Nothingness), Dimensions of Belonging, Fare L’Amore con il Vento and Pipo. Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta (L’instancabile viaggio della valigia rossa) is his first documentary and latest film project. His works are more focused upon raising consciousness and creating space for dialogue on communal issues, responsible transformation of society and creative activation through contemporary art.

A two-time Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) awardee in 2010 and 2011, Carlos Palanca Awardee for Literature in 2012 for the screenplay Primera Bella, and a Gawad Urian nominee for Manenaya, he received the prestigious UNESCO Laureate artist recognition in 2013, eventually becoming a resident artist of the Università delle Idee, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and ILLY CAN PRIZE WINNER – Art for Social Change in Italy.

 

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Elementary

Pio Valenzuela Elementary School

Secondary

Polo National High School, Polo Annex (Artist of the Year)

College

University of the East, College of Fine Arts

Advertising Department

International Educational Program

Laureate, UNIDEE in Residence – International Programme

UNESCO – Aschberg Bursaries for Artist

Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella

June to October, Italia 2013

Asian Film Academy

Film Directing Class

Busan International Film Festival, South Korea 2007

 

Workshops

Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop for Film and Television, 2002

Cultural Centre of the Philippines and Intel-Pentium

Video Editing Clinic, 2004

Art Congress 1998

National Commission for Culture and the Arts              

               

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:                         

Literature

Winner, Second Prize, Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature 2012

Screenplay Category – Primera Bella

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Film

Dimensions of Belonging – Short Documentary

6th Wordless International Short Film Festival 2015 – Sydney, Australia

Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Philippines 2014

The 12th and the Last Experimental International Film Festival 2014 – Auburn, Australia

Gothenburg Indie Film Festival 2014 – Sweden

10th Video Art Festival Miden 2014 – Greece


“Si Pipo at ang  Pusang si Kamuning”

Starring Lou Veloso and Maliksi Morales

National Commission for Culture and the Arts ( In Development )

Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines 2014

 

“Manenaya”  ( Waiting ) Short Film

starring Agnes Macam-Romero, Beth Masangkay and Bor Ocampo

Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata Greece, 2014

Syracuse International Film and Media Festival Syracuse, Italy 2014

Waterpieces Video & Art Festival Riga Latvia , 2015

MIVA _ International Videoart Festival Quito Peru 2014

Institut fuer Alles Mögliche Berlin/Germany 2014

Damen und Herren” e.V. Düsseldorf Germany 2014

Muza Plus – a space for art Tel-Aviv Israel 2014

Onomato e.V. Düsseldorf Gerrmany, 2014

Athens International Videoart Festival, Greece, 2014

VideoBabel – International Audiovisual Festival Cuzco Peru Oct 2014

EuroShorts Film Festival Gdansk PL Nov 2014

Euro Shorts Film Festival Warsaw Poland, Nov 2014

Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles USA, Dec 2014

Winner, Jury Prize, Gawad Tanglaw Awards for Philippine Movies 2013

Nominated, Gawad URIAN 2013

Winner, Jury Prize, Cinemalaya Film Festival 2012

Official Selection, Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome Italy 2012

Official Selection, CineMaralita Film Festival 2012

Finalist, International Film Festival of Drama, Greece 2012

Finalist, Babel International Film Festival, Italy 2011

Winner, Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines 2011

Finalist, Jogja NETPAC – Asian Film Festival 2011

Official Selection, Cinemanila International Film Festival 2011

 

“Pamatid-Gutom” ( Hunger Pangs ) Short Film

starring Mercedes Cabral

In Competition, International Film Fest ZOOM-Poland 2014

Special Screening, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella 2013

Official Selection, World Film festival, Bangkok 2012

Official Selection, Active Vista Film Festival 2012

In Competition, Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece 2012

In Competition, Patras International Film Festival, Greece 2012

Official Selection, Cinemaralita Film festival, 2012

Official Selection, Internation Open-Air Film Festival Weiterstadt 2012

 

“Kunalaying Kiti “ ( Hand-Painted Feathers )  Short Film

starring Bembol Roco, Katherine Luna and Alan Paule

Special Screening, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella 2013

Official Selection, Agitprop International Film Festival 2011

Finalist, Cine Pambata Film Festival 2011

In Competition, Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece 2011

Winner, Jury Prize, Lino Brocka Political Film Festival 2010

Winner, Katherine Luna, Best Actress, Doi Saket International Film Festival, Thailand 2010

Official Selection, Jogja NETPAC Film Festival, Indonesia 2010

Finalist, Auburn International Film Festival, Australia 2010

Panorama Screening, Budapest Film Festival, Hungary 2010

Official Selection, Filipino-American Film Festival, USA 2009

Finalist, Dubai International Film Festival 2009

Winner, Honourable Mention, Gawad CCP Film Festival 2009

 

“Paano Ko Sasabihin?” ( How do I Tell You ) Full Length

starring EnchonG Dee and Erich Gonzales

Special Screening, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella 2013

Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing

Cinema Originals Film Festival 2009

Finalist, Babel International Film Festival, Italy 2011

 

“Pagtakas sa Kawalan” (Excape to Nothingness) Short Film

starring Park So Yeon

Official Selection, Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008

In Competition: Gawad CCP Film Festival 2008

Official Selection, World Film Festival, Bangkok 2008

 

“Ambulancia” ( Ambulance ) Short Film

starring Alan Paule and Nor Domingo            

Finalist, Asian Hot Shots Berlin, Germany 2009

Official Selection, Euroopa Filmide Ohtud, Talinn Estonia 2009

Winner “Miglior Montaggio Award” San Gio Film Festival, Italy 2008

Winner “Grand Prize” Viva-Pinoy Box Office (PBO) 2008

Winner “Best Short Film” Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival 2008

Nominated, Muhr Awards for Excellence” Dubai International Film Festival, UAE 2008

Nominated, Best Film, Grand Off, World Film Awards, Poland 2008

Nominated, 14th Bite the Mango Film Festival, UK, 2008

Finalist, 6th Asiana International Short Film Festival, Seoul 2008

Finalist, .MOV International Film Festival, 2008

In Competition, Ohne Kohle Film Festival in Vienna, Austria 2008

In Competition, 32nd Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 2008

In Competition, 11th Pyongyang International Film Festival, 2008

Official Selection, Budapest International Short Film Festival, 2008

In Competition, International Film Festival, Patras Greece, 2008

In Competition, Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece, 2008

In Exhibition, 4th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, 2008

In Exhibition, 9TH Cinemanila International Film Festival 2007

In Exhibition, CineVita Film festival, 2007

 

“Blossoms” Short Film       

Exhibition, Busan International Film Festival, 2007

Exhibition, Busan International Film Festival, South Korea 2007

 

“Pintuan” (Doors) Short Film / Video Art

Finalist, One-Minute Film Festival, Netherlands 2006

Exhibition, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing 2006

 

“Kahon” (Box) Short Film / Video Art

Finalist, End Frame Video Project, Visua; Pond 2006

Finalist, One Minute Film Festival, Netherlands 2006

Exhibition, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing 2006

 

“Makatang Luneta” ( Luneta ) Poetic Short Film

Winner, Honourable Mention, Cinemadali Film Festival, 2006

Screening, Katorse Shorts Film Festival, 2006

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COMPETITIVE FILM GRANT RECEIVED:           

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2013

 Project Title:  Primera Bella

National Commission for Culture and the Arts 2012

Project Title:  Si Pipo at ang Pusang si Kamuning

Focus on the Global South 2012

Project Title:  Pamatid-Gutom

Cinema One Originals Full-Length Film Grant 2009

Project Title: Paano Ko Sasabihin?

National Commission for Culture and the Arts 2008

Project Title:  Hand-Painted Feathers

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INTERNATIONAL FILM PROJECTS:        

Dimensioni di Appertenenza”

Italy

Position: Director

 

Blossom / Short Film / 2007

South Korea

Position: One of the Directors

 

Escape to Nothingness / Short Film / 2008

South Korea and Philippines

Position: Director

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