Saturday, November 30, 2019

Istorya ng Pag-asa film fest continues to inspire in 2020

“We can change the conversation and build our nation with hope that transcends gender, social status, political party, religion or region, or business affiliation. 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. Kasi iyon iyong talagang underlying theme ng bawat kuwento.” ~Vice President Leni Robredo

Now in its third year, inspiring stories of different people all over our country will get another chance to participate and win cash prizes plus a chance for their short films to be screened at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.

INPFF is a nationwide film competition for original short documentaries featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos. Its aim is to give a platform for Filipino filmmakers showcasing true and inspiring stories of hope.

The 2020 edition of the nationwide, all-digital film competition is being launched this Nov. 27. It aims to attract a broader number of participants and entries which bring to the screen everyday tales of ordinary Filipinos achieving extraordinary victories through perseverance, determination, and unquenchable hope.

The Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival (INPFF) returns in 2020 is open to all Filipinos, both professional and non-professional filmmakers, local and overseas-based Filipinos to bring stories of hope and inspiration to the nation. Short film entries length is limited to three to five minutes only.

A joint initiative of the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., the INPFF will mark its third run in 2020, fully intending to surpass the success of its first two years.

Next year's INPFF will feature bigger cash prizes. Php 100,000.00 will be awarded to the year’s Best Film. The first and second runners-up will receive Php 50,000.00 and Php 30,000.00, respectively.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 27, 2020. For full contest mechanics, interested participants may go to


Hope is a powerful thing. It lives very intimately with many other homegrown values of the ordinary Filipino. Courage. Grit and determination. Pride in hard and honest work. Pride in a life lived simply. Keep your eyes open to find stories of hope around you. You may be surprised by what you will see. Let’s turn this into a movement that will change our nation.

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