UP Cinema’s Piling Obrang Vidyo returns to the big screen on its 19th year

Piling Obrang Vidyo (POV), UP Cinema’s annually hosted film festival, comes back on its 19th year featuring short films by student filmmakers from across the country. The festival will run from March 13-24, 2023 online and, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, onsite. 

With the theme, “Bagong S19lo: Atin ang Kuwento,” POV XIX aims to reclaim the narrative of the people by providing a platform for the Filipino youth to showcase their stories at Cinemata (an online streaming website) from March 14-23, 2023, and on the big screen at the UP Film Institute's Film Center - Cine Adarna on March 24, 2023.

The regular ticket price for the onsite screening is P150.00, while a discounted ticket price for students, senior citizens, and PWD is at P120.00. 

With short films in the narrative, documentary, and experimental genres, POV XIX encourages young filmmakers to take up space in the local film scene by challenging imperialistic narratives that silence the story of the people. 

Below are the Piling Obrang Vidyo XIX finalists that have passed the selection process since its call for entries on November 18, 2022: 


  • Alingasngas ng mga Kuliglig (Vahn Leinard C. Pascual, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila)
  • Pempem at ang Bomba Magazine (Migs S. Ruallo, Far Eastern University- Manila)
  • Kokuryo: The Untold Story of Bb. Undas 2019 (Diokko Manuel P. Dionisio, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde)
  • Itom nga Bugas Kanaryo nga Ugat (Leonard Ian B. Billones, University of the Philippines - Visayas)


  • Balde at Brotsa (Josh L. Mutia, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde) 
  • Ang Paghahanap kay Dalagang Bukid (Leia Amidala N. Santos, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde)
  • elehiya para sa mga memorya (Ryan Miguel M.Capili, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde)
  • The Secret Band of Thebes (Augustine - De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde)


  • mind body (Josh Van Ulric S. Campo, Far Eastern University - Manila)
  • Internal Conflicts of a Machine (Bianca Maxine M. Villanueva, Rei Cordero - Mapua University)
  • PEOPLE FADE AS COLORS DO (Josef Edward J. Tafalla, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde)
  • self-portrait (Daphnee Gail S. Ferrer, University of the Philippines - Diliman)

The finalists will compete for major awards such as Piling Obrang Vidyo XIX Award (Best Film), Jury Prize, Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Experimental. Winners of these major awards will receive a cash prize, trophy, and certificate.

There will also be special awards such as Best Direction, Best Production Design, Best Performance, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Best Music/Original Score, Cinemaster’s Choice, and Viewer’s Choice. Winners of these special awards will receive a certificate.

This year’s jury is a diverse mix of esteemed filmmakers namely Adjani Arumpac (Assistant Professor & Documentarist), Mariah Reodica (Writer, Filmmaker, & Musician), Mao Fadul (Production Designer), KHAVN (Artist, Writer, & Filmmaker), Pepe Manikan (Musical Scorer, Sound Designer, & Audio Producer), Keith Deligero (Film Director & Festival Programmer), and Jewel Maranan (Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, & Cinematographer). 

The following is the complete event lineup of the film festival: 

March 13, 2023 - Opening Program (Facebook live)

March 14-23, 2023 - Online Streaming (Cinemata)

March 20-22, 2023 - Talkback Session (Zoom and Cinemata)

March 24, 2023 - Onsite Screening and Awards Night (UPFI Film Center’s Cine Adarna) + Afterparty 

Piling Obrang Vidyo is presented by UP Cinema, a student film organization based in the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines Diliman that promotes progressive and alternative cinematic practices in various film disciplines such as filmmaking, film appreciation, and film criticism. 

It is co-presented by UP Diliman OICA and Cinemata, in cooperation with DAKILA, Active Vista, and Screen Asia. 

Its organization partners include UP Cinema Arts Society - UP CAST, PLM Independent Film and Arts, FEU Film Society, 24 Frames - CIIT Film Organization, Film Aficionados Circle, Mapúa •MOVE, CINEMATA, UP CMC FST Konse and Kalasag, with special thanks to U.P. Cineastes' Studio, SineDulaang Agustino, and Silip Lente - Adamson University. 

The event’s media partners are Asian Film Festivals, Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM, and BLOG-PH.com

For more information, visit Piling Obrang Vidyo’s official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UPCinemaPOV) or follow them on Twitter (@UPCinemaPOV) and Instagram (@upcinemapov). 




JL Santiago Aquino

A millennial lifestyle blogger from Caloocan City who adores trying new things. ✨ Email: blog.ph7@gmail.com. Follow @JayL_Aquino on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Facebook.

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