By Raymund Antonio
After the initial screening, 10 out of 98 short films were chosen by the Office of the Vice President as finalists for this year’s Istorya ng Pag-asa (Story of Hope) Film Festival.
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo has announced the top 10 finalists for the second INPFF on Facebook, where she also congratulated them.
“Excited na ako na mapanood ang inyong mga short films sa ating gala night at ibahagi ang mga kuwentong ito sa ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said in her post.
(I’m excited to watch your short films during our gala night and share these stories to our countrymen.)
Robredo then thanked all the Filipino filmmakers who submitted their entries for the INPFF second run.
The top 10 finalists were Breaking Through The Darkness by Ronald James Baculo, Maestro Ng Pag(b)asa by Immaculate Estepa,
Litratista by Allan Lazaro, obra by Geneva Bernal Malit, and Modern Day Hero by Roy Robert Rusiana.
The five others were Hijabs and Hopes In Quiapo by Demie Dangla, Maglabay RA in Sakit by Mijan Jumalon, Yapak by Romel
Mondragon Lozada, White Helmet Rescuers by Analisa Puod, and Ka Dodoy by Margaret Serranilla.
Robredo’s office received more short film entries for the 2019 INPFF. This was higher than the 73 entries submitted by various filmmakers from across the country last year.
For the Vice President, the growing support for the film festival affirmed that “more talented people are sharing the faith in the power of telling true inspiring stories of ordinary Filipinos.”
The Office of the Vice President organized the nationwide, all-digital film competition for original short documentaries in partnership with Ayala Foundation Inc. and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The OVP set the gala night and awarding ceremony on June 8, where the top three winners will be announced. They will be selected by a panel of judges from the film and entertainment industry.
This year’s winner for Best Film will take home P80,000, while the second prize is P50,000 and third prize P30,000. These top three films will also be screened in Ayala Mall Cinemas nationwide from June 12 to October 31 this year.
In addition to the special prizes for Best Script, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, the INPFF will also give a People’s Choice Award and a special award from Ayala Foundation.