By Raymund Antonio
On its third year, the Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope) Film Festival (INPFF), organized by Vice President Leni Robredo’s office and Ayala Foundation, Inc., will return in 2020 to bring more inspiring real-life stories of Filipinos to the nation.
Both established and aspiring Filipino filmmakers may now submit their short films until March 27, 2020 after the launch of the third short film competition Wednesday night in Makati City.
Robredo launched the 2020 edition of the INPFF, coinciding with the third anniversary of the film festival. She was accompanied by last year’s INPFF 2019 filmmaker finalist RJ Baculo and visual artist Al Quizon.
Next year’s INPFF intends not only to exceed the success of its first two years, but also to showcase new stories of ordinary Filipinos who strive despite hardships in life.
The INPFF, a nationwide, all-digital film competition for original short documentaries, is an offshoot of the Office of the Vice President’s Istorya ng Pag-asa traveling photo exhibit.
“It is our hope that through Istorya ng Pag-asa—lalo na iyong Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival—Filipinos will be united around the common values of hope, of perseverance, deep faith, and the goodness of humanity. These are the underlying theme of each story,” Robredo said.
The Vice President noted the positive impact of telling extraordinary stories of Filipinos.
“We can change the conversation and build our nation with hope that transcends gender, social status, political party, religion or region, or business affiliation,” she said.
Participants may take another shot at winning cash prizes and the chance for their short films to be screened at Ayala Mall Cinemas.
The winner for Best Film will take home P100,000, while the first and second runners-up will get P50,000 and P30,000, respectively.
Aside from the Best Film, special prizes will be given for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Other special awards also include People’s Choice Award, OVP Special Recogntion Award, and Community Development Award from Ayal Foundation.
The top 10 films will be screened during the INPFF Gala Night and Awarding Ceremony on June 12, 2020.
For full contest mechanics, interested participants may go to www.istoryangpagasa.ovp.gov.ph.