The new short film Supot will have its world premiere on October 11th at the Busan International Film Festival, where it will play as part of the Wide Angle: Asian Short Film Competition. The project has already received major acclaim. It was a finalist at the 2015 Starz Denver Screenwriting Competition; a semi-Finalist at the 2016 Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition; and an Official Selection in the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival Short Screenplay Category.
After refusing a ritual circumcision intended to usher him into manhood, Rene-boy, 10 years old, tries alternate methods to remove this mark of cowardice. Supot (translation: Uncircumcised), set in rural Cavite, Philippines is director Philip Giordano’s MFA thesis film from New York University Tisch Asia. “Unlike most international films that portray the Philippines as a gritty passage to the underworld, [Supot] will highlight some of our strongest suits as a race – that of the proverbial Filipino family values and traditions,” says Dale Bacar of The List Phil Giordano is an Italian-American writer and director from New York City, currently based in Singapore. His work has screened all over the world.
Immediately after completing his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia he started working as a writer director in commercials and short content at Abundant Productions, one of the top production companies in Singapore. While there, they were nominated for Production Agency of the Year. Phil has worked on campaigns for Audi, Nestle, Samsung, Guinness, Sharp and Citibank.
He has won two commercial awards: 1st Prize at Zooppa for his spot “RedMart: We Deliver to You” and Second Prize at the Mofilm Awards for “National Youth Council: We Made It.” Says Giordano: “Being raised in an Italian-American family, I have always wanted to make a film about a boy and his father based on my relationship with my own dad. When my wife told me about “tuli” in the Philippines, I knew I had found my story.” SUPOT starts major Filipino actor John Arcilla (Metro Manila, The Bourne Legacy), arthouse darling Mercedes Cabral (Thirst, Serbis, Rosita), and introduces Andrei Fajarito, in his first film role.