The Office of the Vice President has received more submissions from Filipino filmmakers for the second edition of its Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival this year.
As it closed its deadline of submission of entries last March 25, INPFF 2019 got 98 entries from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and even overseas. This is higher than the 73 submissions received during the short film competition’s initial run in 2018.
For Vice President Leni Robredo, this affirms that more talented people are sharing her faith in the power of telling true inspiring stories of ordinary Filipinos.
“On behalf of my staff and the INP team, I am very grateful for the support and warm reception that we have gotten 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,” Robredo said.
Submitted films will undergo an initial screening to determine which of them will make it to the finals. The finalists will have their big-screen debut at the gala night and awarding ceremony on June 8, 2019, where the winners will be announced – as selected by an esteemed panel of judges from the film industry.
Bigger prizes are up for grabs in INPFF’s second run, including a cash prize of 80,000 pesos for Best Film, and 50,000 and 30,000 pesos for the first and second runners-up, respectively. Special prizes, including Best Script, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and People’s Choice Award will also be given away.
INPFF 2019 is an initiative of the OVP in partnership with Ayala Foundation and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.