Istorya Ng Pag-Asa Film Festival Issues Last Call For Entries

Published · Monday, March 18, 2019 06:05 PM

The second Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival, which the Office of the Vice President is organizing in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, issued its last call for submission of entries during a recent press conference.

INPFF is a nationwide competition open to all Filipinos – including amateur and professional filmmakers and those based overseas – for original short documentaries featuring inspiring, unique and extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos. It aims to give a platform for filmmakers to showcase true stories of hope and spread the perseverance, dedication, and warmth of Filipinos amid life's adversities.

Ang Biyahe ni Marlon

Vice President Leni Robredo was joined by INPFF 2018 winners Florence Rosini and Meg Seranilla in the presscon held at the OVP. Last year, Rosini took home the grand prize of 50,000 pesos, a DSLR camera and a Samsung S8 phone for "Ang Biyahe ni Marlon," the story of a former Uber driver who has Tourette syndrome. Meanwhile, Seranilla won first runner-up and 30,000 pesos for "Tago," which tells the story of the Tago Jazz Café run by jazz drummer Nelson Gonzales for both artists and enthusiasts of the genre.


Robredo said she hopes the film festival will be able to promote real-life positive stories of ordinary Filipinos. "It is our hope that through Istorya ng Pag-asa – especially the INPFF – Filipinos will be united around the common values of hope, of perseverance, deep faith, and the goodness of humanity, which are the underlying themes of each story," she added.

The OVP received 73 entries for the first INPFF last year. Of this number, 15 made it to the final round. "It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but because of the success of the first year, we returned for a second run. And we hope that it will be a regular run already," the vice president revealed.


On its second year, INPFF offers bigger prizes as the Best Film winner is expected to bring home 80,000 pesos while the first and second runners-up will get 50,000 and 30,000 pesos, respectively, during the film festival's gala night and awarding ceremony. The top three films will also receive trophies and get the chance to be screened in Ayala Mall Cinemas nationwide from June to October 2019. There will also be special prizes for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Script, People's Choice Award and a special award courtesy of Ayala Foundation.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Office of the Vice President and the Film Development Council of the Philippines for the second year of the Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival. The success of the first INPFF in 2018 showed that there is great interest in stories that offer hope and inspiration for people from all walks of life. For the second year of the festival, we are excited to see young filmmakers share more uplifting stories that will truly make us proud to be Filipinos," Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan shared.

Interested parties must submit in USB copies of the three (3) to five (5)-minute film (one with subtitles and another without subtitles) in H.264 format, 1920x1080 or higher resolution, completed application form (from the website), brief resumé with two recent 2x2 photos, copy of government-issued ID of the filmmaker and letter of consent written and signed by a parent or guardian (if the participant is a minor) to the OVP at No. 100 11th Street, Barangay Mariana, New Manila, Quezon City 1112 on or before March 25, 2019. For full contest mechanics and application guidelines, visit

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