OctoArts Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


OctoArts Films is a Philippine film production company established as a subsidiary of record label OctoArts International (later OctoArts-EMI Music Inc.). It was founded in 1989 by Orlando R. Ilacad. The studio did not release films from 2000 to 2003, due to the former parent company selling its music assets to EMI Music Ltd. in 2001 and remaining its company to EMI Music Philippines, Inc. and then PolyEast Records in 2007.

1st Logo (December 11, 1990-1999)

Visuals: On a blue background, there is a red circle and an optical disc (which looks like a LaserDisc) flying toward each other from the top and bottom, respectively. The circles then shift right, in slanted motion, and then would straighten out. As it shifts, the red circle overlaps the white circle, and "OctoArts" flies out of it to the right. Then a filmstrip appears around the circle (the logo looking like a backwards six), and a line under "OctoArts" is drawn, then "FILMS" appears under the line. The filmstrip then shines with a ping, and four lines are drawn on the circle, then flash.


  • A darker version exists.
  • A short version exists.
  • There is a version that four lines are drawn on the circle, then flash has been cut off and straight to GMA Films or Cinemax Studios.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A horn fanfare ending in an uplifting note, with some laser zaps sounding as the logo is formed.

Audio Variants:

  • Some other movies used a fanfare carried out by 11 notes with a chord crescending throughout. That music altogether would be played over the Cinemax Studios and M-ZET logos.
  • On Iputok mo... Dadapa ako! (Hard to Die), the wooshes are heard and ending with a laser zap.
  • On Estribo Gang, no laser zap is heard.
  • Another movie used a hip-hop theme.
  • On Ali In Wonderland, it uses a dreamy synth fanfare.
  • On Rubberman, The opening narration heard over the 11 note fanfare, the narration continues into the Cinemax Studios logo.
  • A version of both music that carries over to GMA Films or Cinemax Studios coming after it exists. Oddly on Bakit Pa (the last movie to use it's logo), the music plays normal then after that the GMA Films logo was silent without syncing music.
  • On Ano Ba Yan 2, the music is out of sync.

Availability: Can be seen on films like Selosa, Estribo Gang, D'sisters: Nuns of the Above, and Lab En Kisses and releases by Ivory Music & Video and Regal Home Video on VHS and VCD. It is also appeared on the 1990 film Iputok Mo... Dadapa Ako! (Hard to Die) following the 1989-90 Viva Films logo.

2nd Logo (January 1, 2003-2016)

Visuals: There is a filmreel spinning fast, then it slows down as the screen zooms to a black BG, and a filmstrip appears next to the filmreel. The filmreel then turns into a red circle with lines, forming the OctoArts logo similar to the 1st one. Underneath, "OctoArts", in red, appears, then "F I L M S", in white, unfolds underneath letter-by-letter.


  • On Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After (The Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure), the spinning of the filmreel was cut off.
  • On trailers and TV commercials for Here Comes the Bride and Enteng na Ina Mo!, the logo appears in the box alongside the 2010-13 version of 1st Star Cinema/ABS-CBN Film Productions logo, the first Quantum Films logo on the former or the 2nd M-ZET Films logo and the APT Entertainment logo on the latter.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A dark synth tune that carries over to the M-ZET logo coming after it or opening theme of the movie.

Availability: the Philippines. Seen on films like Lastikman and Enteng Kabisote 3.

3rd logo (November 1, 2017- )

Visuals: On the black BG, The red circle with lines and the filmstrip rises, then "OctoArts" appears one-by-one, and when the logo completes, a line under "OctoArts" and "FILMS" is drawn, then the logo shines.


  • A short version is exist, with the red circle with lines and the filmstrip rises and the line under "OctoArts" and "FILMS" is drawn, then the logo shines.
  • On Ang Pangarap Kong Koldap, the background is white.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A five-note horn fanfare ending with the sparking sounds on the text and the ding on the filmstrip.

Availability: First appeared on Spirit of the Glass 2: The Hunted (released on November 1, 2017) and appeared on every film produced since like Barbi: The Wonder Beki, Through the Night and Day, Nuuk (both co-produced with VIVA Films), and Meant to Beh. It is also appeared on the Netflix Original film Finding Agnes.

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