Rebelde started when a group of young, energetic newly-graduates gathered in a cozy coffee shop and planned to make a film. Years later, it has now grown into a diverse community of filmmakers from different parts of the country. Rebelde is founded by J.E. Tiglao, a young, independent filmmaker based in the Philippines. Along with his comrades, they made films that have showcased in Cinemalaya, Gawad Urian, and other film festivals abroad in Rhode Island, Malaysia, and New York. They have also created breakthrough events like the Rebelde Film Camp, a unique jamboree of filmmakers in a secluded area to learn filmmaking and to celebrate the magic of cinema. It has gathered more than two hundred filmmakers and film-lovers alike to learn from mentors such as the legendary Ricky Lee, the father of Filipino independent films, Kidlat Tahimik, to name a few.
There is also an event called PelikuLakbay, a marriage of two words; Pelikula which means films, and Paglalakbay, meaning journey. It is a nationwide film school tour that aims to produce more venues for films and provides opportunity to reach the schools and universities around the country. Now on its fourth year, Rebelde continues its journey: striving for its advocacies and spreading its ideals and aspirations to the filmmaking community. From the start, we identify ourselves not just a typical film production team, we are a revolution!