By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President and its partners are all set to stage the gala night and awarding ceremony for its Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope) Film Festival on June 8 at the Trinoma Cinema 7 in Quezon City.
The awarding of the top three short films on real-life stories of Filipinos will be the highlight of the event set to start at 5 p.m.
No less than Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo will lead the second film festival’s gala night and awarding ceremony, with INPFF Ambassadors Dingdong Dantes and Iza Calzado also in attendance.
Joining them are jury members Film Development Council of the Philippines Liza Diño-Seguerra, actress Sharmaine Centenera-Buencamino, screenwriter Doy del Mundo Jr. and filmmakers Dan Villegas and Quark Henares.
The INPFF is a nationwide, all-digital film competition for original short documentaries featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos. This aims to give a platform for Filipino filmmakers showcasing true and inspiring stories of hope.
The OVP partnered with the Ayala Foundation and Film Development Council of the Philippines for the second leg of the film festival.
“The top ten films will be shown during the gala night and the top three winning films will continue to be shown in Ayala cinemas nationwide until October 2019,” Robredo said in an invite sent to media.
The top 10 finalists are Breaking Through The Darkness by Ronald James Baculo, Maestro Ng Pag(b)asa by Immaculate Estepa, Litratista by Allan Lazaro, and Obra by Geneva Bernal Malit.
The Breaking Through the Darkness tells the story of dealing with depression through breakdancing, and about finding hope in the most unconventional ways, while Maestro ng Pag(b)asa is about the inspiring story of Ryan Habitan Homan, a public school teacher whose passion and drive for literacy has changed the lives of children in his community.
Litratista tells the story of Nanay Fely who has worked as a photographer for four decades and who continues to make people smile even until today. Obra is a short film about Alexander Quizon, an artist who was once consumed by drugs but eventually found his life’s purpose: making art.
Also included are Modern Day Hero by Roy Robert Rusiana, 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.
These were the 10 short films that made it to the final round out of the 98 submissions.
This year’s winner for Best Film will take home P80,000 while the first and second runners-up will get P50,000 and P30,000, respectively.
Apart from these, special prizes will also be given away for Best Script, Best Director, and Best Cinematography as well as a People’s Choice Award and a special award from Ayala Foundation.