By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President has received 98 short film entries from across the country for this year’s Istorya ng Pag-Asa Film Festival.
The OVP announced that a total of 98 entries made it to the official selection for the second INPFF after the deadline for submission on March 25.
This year’s entries are much higher than the 73 submissions the OVP received in the first run of the film festival in 2018.
“On behalf of my staff and the INP team, lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa suporta at mainit na pagtanggap na nakuha ng INPFF 2019—from our partners, whose generosity made this initiative possible; from the media, the schools and other organizations that helped us spread the news; and most of all, to the filmmakers who heeded our call to tell true stories of inspiration, and their subjects, for willingly sharing theirs,” Vice President Leni Robredo said.
“Excited na akong mapanood— at maibahagi sa ating mga kababayan — ang mga entries natin ngayong taon,” she added.
Initiated by the Vice President, INPFF is a nationwide, all-digital film competition for original short documentaries that aims to showcase inspiring stories of Filipinos.
Robredo’s office organized the film festival in partnership with Ayala Foundation Inc. and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Robredo said there were so many stories of hope and inspiration last year so they decided to add more categories to recognize the winning films joining the 2019 INPFF.
This year’s winner for Best Film will take home P80,000 while the second prize is P50,000 and third prize is 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.
The OVP said the 10 finalists will be announced on April 30 while the winners will be named during the gala night and awarding ceremony on June 8.
Last year, “Ang Biyahe ni Marlon” by Florence Rosini was named Best Film. This featured Marlon Fuentes, a driver who has Tourette Syndrome or a condition that shows involuntary movements or tics.
“Tago,” a short film about jazz drummer Nelson Gonzales, who runs the Tago Jazz Cafe for both artists and enthusiasts of the genre, was named first runner-up.
Meanwhile, Kelsy Lua won the third prize for “Gawilan,” a short film about the story of Ernie Gawilan, a disadvantaged swimmer who competed in the 2016 Summer Paralympics.