Filipino filmmakers come up with short film ‘[email protected] and Maya’ amid the pandemic, enter international competition

Screen grab from MRR 2020 website
  • Aspiring Filipino-American filmmaker and his wife try their luck in the biggest short film competition
  • They produced a $0 budget film entitled [email protected] and Maya
  • The story with a plot twist is about a woman trying to get into her boyfriend’s computer

An aspiring Filipino-American filmmaker tries his luck in the biggest short film competition–My RODE Reel 2020.

Image capture of video by Sun 24 Studios via YouTube

Joshua Ortiz, 31, and his wife, a film composer, produced a $0 budget film entitled [email protected] and Maya. It is about a girl (Maya) who’s trying to recover her boyfriend’s (James) computer password under the guise that the latter ‘passed away’.  Will she succeed?

Joshua wrote and directed the short film with his family in Florida.  A day after it was uploaded on YouTube, it was viewed more than 14,000 times.

The film started with Maya talking to an IT specialist, her last resort, after trying multiple password combinations using her name. She reasoned she needed to get into the computer because her boyfriend passed away and all their memories are in it.  She was then asked to answer a security question to unlock his account.

“Who is your best friend?”

She answered, “Steven”; their common friend, but she failed; only to find out her name “Maya” was the answer to the security question.

The next series of events bring a plot twist, which tells us that the story was cleverly written and coaxes our brain to do a lot of thinking and analysis after the 2 minutes and 15 seconds clip.

Image capture of video by Sun 24 Studios via YouTube

Joshua hopes to make it to the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice award, which no Filipino has ever won yet.  He’s asking for support from his kababayans by voting through this link.

Joshua and his wife got married two days before the lockdown in California. They were forced to find a place to live while there and ended staying in Las Vegas.

His previous work “Listen” received high ratings and was included in the top 200 contestants in Project Greenlight, a TV series on HBO, where amateur filmmakers vied against each other to grab the chance to direct a Hollywood feature film.

Here’s the entry. Enjoy watching and please share!