Trailblazer – Fe Ging Ging Hyde
Indie Actor & Producer
To multi-awarded actress and producer Fe ‘Ging Ging’ Hyde, film-making has always been a platform to highlight and tell cultural narratives as a visual art form, rather than one for making money. And it is perhaps for this sole reason that she is one of the most talented performers and artists to have come from the Philippines.
As a force to reckon with in the Philippine indie film scene, Dubai-based Fe’s most notable feat as an actor was receiving the Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her performance in Arnel Mardoquio’s “Sheika” – earning her a place amongst the greatest of the great in Philippine cinema. Alongside this, for her film Ang Paglalakbay Ng Mga Bituin Sa Gabing Madilim (The Journey of the Stars into the Dark Night), Fe was the recipient of the Cinema One Originals 2012 Jury Prize and a Gawad Urian award in 2013 for Best Picture. Furthermore, besides garnering Cinema’s 2017 NETPAC Jury Prize, her film Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931) was shortlisted to take part at the 47th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, in 2018 under the category of “Shadows Special Programme.” The historical docudrama gained further spotlight having been screened as one of the main feature films at the 2018 Singapore Media Festival.
Making recent appearances in the films “Class of 2018” (suspense-thriller) and “Lakbayan” (drama), as well as co-producing Markado: Bakunawa sa Duha ka-Managlahing Takna, Fe plans to continue exemplifying Filipino excellence and ingenuity through future endeavors in film and entertainment.
100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Fe Hyde – Actress and Producer
Her list of achievements is long. Aside from being awarded as Gawad Urian 2011’s Best Actress, Fe Hyde won for her film Ang Paglalakbay Ng Mga Bituin Sa Gabing Madilim (The Journey of the Stars into the Dark Night) Cinema One Originals 2012’s Jury Prize winner, and Gawad Urian 2013’s Best Picture; for her film Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931) QCinema 2017’s NETPAC Jury Prize winner which was also selected to participate in the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 under the A History Of Shadows Special Programme Category.
“All of my co-produced films already had screenings in film festivals abroad,” she says. “I am now aiming for school tours in the Philippines, especially in small towns where only a few have access to independent film screenings made by regional filmmakers.”
A unique gem of an artist producer, masquerading as quiet homemaker living with her family in her homebase of Dubai, film has always had a special place in Fe’s heart. More that just to satisfy her childhood desire to act on the big screen showing the world Mindanao’s stories, culture, traditions, as well as struggles through filmmaking, has always been her dream.
“I guess it is more of a cause or cultural work rather than a money-making film business,” she says.
Photography by: Alex Callueng
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