My name is Celina Mae Medina and I am a 22-year-old Filipino independent filmmaker. My thesis short film "Ophelia " is an internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded short film that has been approved to be a participant in the 2019 Short Film Corner in the Festival de Cannes.
It does NOT mean that I am a competing film at the official short film festival because the Short Film Corner is a completely different category. The aim of the Short Film Corner is to promote contacts between professionals having a significant activity directly linked to short films, such as direction, production, broadcasting distribution, and promotion.
My short film "Ophelia" is about a depressed college student who seeks psychiatric help from her parents but they have other plans in mind. This is my thesis short film in my undergraduate alma mater; Mapua University where I have been awarded Best Thesis. This thesis is more than just mental health advocacy but also it is a personal product of my autoethnography as a person who is diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder.
Through my short film, I will be representing Filipino filmmakers, my alma mater; Mapua University, and raise the current status of mental health and depression in the Philippines.
I am currently a fresh graduate who seeks help to fund my trip to Cannes. The current exchange rate from Euro to Philippine Peso is 1 Euro equals 59.71 Philippine Piso. I am here to seek financial assistance for my trip on May 19-26, 2019 for the Cannes Short Film Corner. I still have to process my visa, book a flight, and an Airbnb beforehand.
Your support in my endeavors means a lot to me, to Mapua University, to Filipino Filmmakers, and everyone in the mental health community. I will be eternally grateful for your help.