Guests


John Badalu

Producer
Malila: The Farewell Flower

Indonesian by nationality, Bangkok by residence,and working for Berlin, Shanghai, Cape Town and QCinema Film Festival in Manila, John Badalu is also a freelance producer. His latest film MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER bagged the Best Film Prize at Kim Jiseok Award in Busan Film Festival 2017. He was a part-time lecturer at London School of Public Relations, and one of the founders of Q! Film Festival Indonesia. When not working, John is often found in a remote island or waterfall.


Gerardo Calagui

Director
Those Long-Haired Nights

Gerardo Calagui is a Filipino filmmaker who works as a director, production designer, and producer for commercials, creative events, and indie movies. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Film and Audiovisual Communication at the University of the Philippines. He trained in writing for soap with ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema and continued to work as production designer. THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS is his first film foray into gender topics involving Filipino transgenders.


Manuel B. Marinay

Executive Producer
Those Long-Haired Nights

Manuel B. Marinay has worked as a defense reporter for Manila Times covering Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame. He went on to become desk editor, city editor and associate editor for the Manila Times and Manila Bulletin. Tired of chasing the news, he forayed into Public Relations and handled PNP Chiefs, and big corporate accounts. He is presently the Managing Director of Fluid Media Strat House and has produced films intended for the international market.


Neil M. Maristela
Supervising Producer
Those Long-Haired Nights

A graduate of the Managing the Arts Program of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Neil M. Maristela now works as event organizer, film producer, corporate event director and marketing consultant. He was part of the team that lobbied for the approval of the Japanese digital TV standard (ISDB-T) as the platform for the transition from analog television broadcast to digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmission in the Philippines. He is currently a Managing Partner and Director of Marketing at Fluid Media Strat House Corporation.


Vanessa Lopez
Girls Like Us

Vanessa López is originally from Chile and was assigned male at birth. She migrated with her family to Sweden in 1985. Never felt comfortable with society’s expectations of being a boy eventually lead him starting transitioning to a woman at the age of 16. She was the first openly transsexual in Scandinavia to participate in a reality show BIG BROTHER, Sweden 2011 and won the Miss Trans Star International contest in 2015, representing her native country Chile.

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