Young Filipino Filmmakers shine in this year’s NESPRESSO Vertical Shorts 2018

Cinemalaya Vertical Shorts

In today’s highly connected digital world, ways of watching content and producing them are continuously evolving, including the way movies and videos are filmed. We are no longer confined to the usual panorama/landscape type of viewing. On such example are Vertical films and videos, which, as defined by Vertical Film Festival, are flourishing as new types of cameras and screens that easily allow people to shoot and view in non-traditional formats. Vertical video is variously known as “portrait orientation”, “tall-screen”, or “9:16 aspect ratio” video.

Budding and expert Filipino filmmakers were given a chance to show off their talents in vertical short films through a competition that focuses on this genre, the Nespresso Vertical Shorts 2018 Competition.

Its newest initiative into the creative arts, the national competition brings together talented directors, cinematographers and storytellers and challenges them to share compelling narratives. For the inaugural edition, Nespresso, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, have chosen “pagmamamalasakit” as the theme.

The competition is a celebration of innovation, passion and excellence in filmmaking, and the panel of judges – Pesengco joined by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, author and director Chris D. Martinez and president and CEO of Unitel Productions Inc and StraightShooters Media Madonna Tarrayo – will select the 3 winners from the 12 Finalists, which will premiere on August 6, Monday, 6 p.m., at the Little Theatre at the CCP.

Here are the finalists who made it:

James Golla’s The Door
Juan Parohing’s Pedro Pasahero
Jonel Revistual’s Ako- To Take Responsibility
Brian Reyes’ SLN
Christan Tan’s Kapit Lang


Arjanmar Rebeta’s Love Others as Your Selfie
Ruby Baldevarona’s Ratsky
Gian Arre’s Itay
Michael Sy Yu’s Yakap
Kevin Tuason’s Braveheart
Ira Lastrilla’s Kasama


Benny Pioquinto’s Takipsilim

Each short made by these young talented creatives tackles the challenging realities and bittersweet moments in the life of a Filipino, and audiences will assuredly be moved. The entries will be part of the Cinemalaya Film Festival, which runs from August 3 to August 12, 2018. For more information visit  

About Dianne Pineda 394 Articles
Magazine and online writer based in South Korea. Nerdy news writer by day, Korean pop culture writer by night.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.