2019 Short Film Competitions for Filipinos

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Or do you know one? This year is packed with opportunities to show what you’ve got as a filmmaker. From film fests to Same Day Edit competitions, you’ll get to flex those filmmaking muscles with these 2019 short film competitions for Filipinos!

Here at GoDyaryo, we believe in the talents and creativity of Filipino filmmakers. We know that Pinoy filmmakers can produce outstanding films that rival even international films.

So we came up with this list of 5 AMAZING 2019 short film competitions for Filipinos both for beginner and experienced filmmakers. These contests are great opportunities to practice and get exposure, so get your camera and filmmaking hearts ready!

ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2019

asean video making contest 2019 short film competitions for Filipinos

First on our list is ASEAN’s video contest with the theme: “Renewable Energy: Powering ASEAN’s Bright Future.” Note that it’s open only for AMATEUR filmmakers. In other words, those who are employed in a video production house can’t join.

Here are the key details about the contest:

Duration of entries: Maximum of 60 seconds

Entry fee: FREE

Prize: The panel of judges will select the top 10 entries who will attend a filmmaking workshop in Hanoi, Viet Nam. All expenses paid. There will also be cash prizes.

Eligibility: Must be 18 to 30 years old. Finalists from previous years’ contests aren’t allowed to participate. Only citizens and current residents of the following ASEAN Member States (AMS) are allowed to join: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. You should have a passport.

Deadline of entries: February 19, 2019

Check out their Facebook page for full details.


15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival


Any list of 2019 short film competitions for Filipinos would be incomplete without Cinemalaya. It’s the most awaited yearly film fest of Pinoy indie films where aspiring filmmakers get an equal chance of being discovered.

These are this year’s Cinemalaya’s details:

Duration of entries: Maximum of 20 minutes

Entry fee: FREE

Eligibility: For Filipinos only. Participants must produce their entries between March 3, 2018 and March 1, 2019. Dialogues should be in Filipino or any Philippine dialect with English subtitles.

Prize: The winner will enjoy a prize of Php150,000.00 and will receive the Balanghai trophy during the Cinemalaya Awards Night at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on August 11, 2019.

Deadline of entries: March 1, 2019, 6PM

See more details here.


31st Gawad Alternatibo


Gawad Alternatibo is a main component of Cinemalaya that was established in 1987. It’s the longest-running annual independent film competition in the ASEAN Region. It accepts entries in four categories: Short Feature, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental.

Duration of entries: Maximum of 30 minutes

Entry fee: FREE

Eligibility: Open to all Filipino citizens, but employees of the CCP and their close relations aren’t allowed to join. Participants should have completed their entries not earlier than June 8, 2018.


  • 1st prize – P25,000.00
  • 2nd prize – P15,000.00
  • 3rd prize – P10,000.00

Deadline of entries: March 15, 2019, 6PM

Check out this PDF file for all the rules and mechanics of Gawad CCP.


Kwentong Dila: On The Spot 10 Hour Filmmaking Challenge in Brgy. Dila, Bay, Laguna


If you want a bit of challenge, join the Kwentong Dila, a 10-hour SDE challenge hosted by Brgy. Dila in Bay, Laguna.

Brgy. Dila in Bay, Laguna is the “Garden Capital” of the Philippines. To boost tourism, they are hosting their first Garden Festival this coming February 18-14, 2019.

Part of the festival is the on-the-spot filmmaking challenge. It seeks to “promote the stories of the community in the barangay – more particularly the culture and arts of the garden industry”. Participants should arrive no later than 6AM, and the contest will officially start at 9AM and will end at 7PM. The theme will be given on the day.

When: February 22, 2019

Where: Kamayan at Palaisdaan Resto Resort

Duration of entries: 2-3 minutes

Entry fee: Each team will pay Php1000 on the day of the competition

Eligibility: Only for amateur filmmakers. All teams must have 5-10 members, and each member needs to present a valid ID.


  • 1st prize – P10,000.00
  • 2nd prize – P5,000.00
  • 3rd prize – P3,000.00

Deadline of registration: February 15, 2019, 11:59PM

See the complete guidelines here.


Call for Short Experimental Films by the Cinema Centenario


If you’re into avant-garde film production, this might be for you. In partnership with Cinema Centenario, the Japan Foundation Asia Center is calling for submissions for the Experimental Shorts Films category.

Duration of entries: 1-15 minutes

Entry fee: FREE

Eligibility: Only for Filipino directors.

Deadline of registration: February 15, 2019, 11:59PM

Find out more details here.


And those are five 2019 short film competitions for Filipinos to look forward to!

If you are an aspiring filmmaker, what filmmaking contest do you want to join? Did we miss anything? Share it with us in a comment below, and don’t forget to spread the word to your film enthusiast friends!


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