Basurero screens at SDFFF 2021 on October 15

Big news for our film from the Philippines!

Basurero is an Official Selection and will be screening LIVE at the San Diego Filipino Film Festival this October 15th.

The San Diego Film Cinema (SDFC) is founded to be the home of the best of the global Filipino films in San Diego. SDFC recognizes the importance of the discovery and exhibition of global Filipino stories and the nurturing of the voice of the emerging Filipino filmmaker to promote a better representation and understanding of the global Filipino experience, cinematic arts, and our shared humanity. SDFC aims to provide unity and pride amongst our Filipino and Filipino American communities, inspiration to young creative artists and thinkers, and a unique cultural experience to the diverse audiences of San Diego.

Details: Oct 15th – 5:30pm: Shorts Program II: Larger than Life — AMC 12 Otay Ranch

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Basurero screens at New York Shorts on Oct 5-31

Basurero an Official Selection and screening all of October 5th-31st at the New York Shorts International Film Festival.

Celebrating 10 years New York Shorts International Film Festival. Over 300 films will be part the 2021 Official Selection, making New York Shorts the largest short film festival in America on the East Coast. The festival has established a tradition of discovering filmmakers who have gone on to receive industry accolades.

New York Shorts is committed to bring the theatrical experience back to New York City. The festival has established a reputation amplifying underrepresented voices in short-form cinema from around the globe.

Here are some words from Asian Movie Pulse by Adam John Symchuk ❤Basurero (Dump) follows an impoverished fisherman named Bong. With a large family to support, Bong becomes desperate for money and turns to dumping a body in the water for pay. However, the grim task does little to alleviate his situation, and he begins to fear a fate similar to the “trash” he has been paid to throw away… It succeeds through avoidance of portraying actual acts of violence and instead focuses on how the human rights violations can affect individuals.”

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Basurero screens at Buster Film Festival 2021

Basurero will have a special screening and discussion around socio economic effects of climate change at the Buster Film Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark this coming September 29.

Details for tickets here.

What are the Filipino fishermen facing?

The Philippines has one of the most bio-diverse marine ecosystems in the world. With its vast coral reefs, a large coastline area, and highly productive seas, fishing has always been a reliable source of livelihood for Filipinos in the Philippines for centuries.​ In recent years, Filipino fishermen have noticed a drastic decline in the quantity of their catch — and also the size of their catch.
Among the reasons for the decline in the fishing population are:
climate change
illegal or destructive fishing methods
irresponsible tourism
recent territorial disputes with China
Thank you to programmer Mariella Harpelunde Jensen and team for having our short and opening it up for thoughtful and hopefully impactful discussions.
YEAR : 2020, 2021,
Climate change is putting pressure on our living conditions all over the globe, but the devastating consequences are hitting the world’s poorest countries hardest – among other things. because working with sustainability and reorganizing everyday life is not free! The two films in this short film package shed light in concrete and present form on how economic inequality in the world has a decisive impact on how the climate crisis is handled and humanizes the problem.
Beavers without Borders / Nina Constable / Great Britain / 2020/17 min
Meet a group of volunteers working to release beavers in the south west of England. They hope to recreate the landscapes that will be able to accommodate the increased rainfall in England.
Basurero / Eileen Cabiling / Philippines, USA / 2021/19 min The fisherman Bong from the Philippines is facing a paradoxical and desperate job change. There are no more fish in the bay where he lives, but he has to raise money for his family.
We look forward to welcoming activists from Collective Against Environmental Racism. After the screening, they will introduce us to the concept of climate justice and help us put climate crisis and climate policy in relation to inequality in the global community.

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Basurero screens at RIFF 2021 on September 9

Basurero will be screening on September 9, 7:45 PM, at the Bowtie Theater, during the Richmond International Film Festival 2021 (RIFF 2021). With a Q&A afterward with Direk Eileen Cabiling.

You can get more details about the screening here.

Moreover, we are also proud to announce that Basurero is nominated for the “Best of Festival” award.

The RIFF is one of the largest international competitive film fests in the Mid Atlantic.  As an inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists, the festival provides a collaborative platform between local filmmakers and other filmmakers from around the world. Through its film productions, shot in Virginia each winter, the festival is an exciting collaborative platform for writers, filmmakers, and the arts community as it brings great talent together and helps launch careers.

Get more information about the RIFF here.

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Basurero vies for Best Int’l Short at RIFFA 2021

Basurero gets nominated for Best International Short at the Regina International Film Festival & Awards 2021 (RIFFA 2021).

It is an honor to be nominated and screened in this prestigious festival this year.  Congratulations to the whole Basurero team for making this happen.  A big thank you to all our supporters who have been with us through all this time.

Learn more about RIFFA 2021 here. 

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Basurero attends the Filmmaker Chat at WHFF 2021

Basurero continues to be screened live and online at the 30th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival, and Direk Eileen Cabiling and Darlene Malimas, Producer, engaged with other filmmakers from other stellar short films Limestone, Such A Deal, and Or, the Whale for the Filmmaker Chat.  Hosted by Steve Young, the discussion was held last July 25 at 10 am.

Watch the panel discussion here. 

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Catch our Director’s Commentary at LASIFF 2021

You can still catch the screening of Basurero and other stellar short films at the LA Shorts International Film Festival 2021.  Included in the access is the Director’s Commentary by Direk Eileen Cabiling — the ideas behind the choices that she and the team made, in making the story, characters, and the film in general.

Watch Basurero and Direk Eileen here.

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Basurero is featured in Showbiz Sosyal

Basurero is featured in an article published in Showbiz Sosyal last July 13, 2021.  Written by Celso de Guzman Caparas, the article shares the movie’s most recent run at the LA Shorts International Film Festival 2021 (LASIFF 2021) and on how happy Direk Eileen Cabiling is to be part of the festival.

It also gives the readers an idea of how far Basurero has covered in the international film festival circuit since it had its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 (BIFF 2019), highlighting the major festivals where it has had screenings so far.

You can read the whole article here.

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Basurero goes to Canada for RIFFA 2021


Basurero is happy to announce that it will be having its Saskatchewan Premiere at the Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) 2021, on August 10-14, 2021.

The Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) Foundation Inc. is a non-profit cultural arts organization. Our five-day International Film Festival supports and highlights Saskatchewan filmmakers, hosts masterclasses, industry talks, and special events to encourage visiting filmmakers and local filmmakers to connect and learn from one another. RIFFA’s robust international program seeks to build community capacity in the cinematic arts to encourage inclusion, human connection, innovation, and self-expression through storytelling. RIFFA strongly encourages stories with a unique point of view and critical perspectives that can create positive social change and empower marginalized communities.

You can get more information about virtual tickets here for about screenings and panel discussions:

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Danny De Lillo interviews Direk Eileen Cabiling for the NFMLA

Basurero is grateful to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and Danny De Lillo of Stage Five MovieMaker Magazine and FilmLA for the talk with Direk Eileen Cabiling about the making of Basurero.  We are honored for the opportunity to be part of your visionary series.

Host Danny De Lillo sat down with filmmaker Eileen Cabiling to talk about the making of her film Basurero.

NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) screens monthly at South Park Center. Each month, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) presents red carpet screenings of documentary, short, and feature films that have been selected from submissions from all over the world, followed by a Q&A with each films director. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects, and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition, and representation.

Catch the full interview with Direk Eileen Cabiling here.

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