Hope and heroes in U.P.’s online video festival

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


Short videos on everyday heroism and hope in the days of face masks and social distancing are the focus of PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL. The University of the Philippines is now accepting entries to the online video series in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, virtual/augmented reality, and music video.

Winners will be presented “Pag-aalay” trophies which were specially handcrafted by multi-talented U.P. artist and UPTV Director Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso. The trophy presents two silver hands offering a world enveloped in katakataka leaves, the same plant sculpted at the base of the U.P. Oblation.

Also known as wonder plant and miracle leaf, katakataka is a hardy plant that thrives nearly everywhere it is thrown. On the trophy it symbolizes patriotism, with the Philippines engraved among its leaves.

The trophy and cash prizes in each category will be awarded in a virtual Video Festival Awards Night later this year: P15,000 for the first prize, P10,000 for second prize, P7,000 for third prize, along with a special Chooks-To-Go People’s Choice Award.

The festival is seeking entries that capture the changing times and the selfless acts and offerings of hope that go with them. The short videos do not necessarily have to focus on the university system, but may look at different people and their lives through the pandemic.

“Committing these stories and experiences to film is not only to honor the subject’s heroism but also instill hope and determination in the filmmaker and the audiences it will reach. The global pandemic is a shared experience which no one can come out of unaffected,” said UP President Danilo L. Concepcion.

With the theme “Pag-aalay sa Panahon ng Pandemya,” the festival will have shortlisted videos featured on TVUP and streamed via TVUP’s Facebook page.

Entries must have a total running time of 30 to 90 seconds, in a video format that can be easily uploaded to different social media platforms. Videos with duly accomplished Festival entry forms available on the TVUP Facebook Page can be submitted via email at television@up.edu.ph from now until 15 December 2020.

PAG-AALAY is open to all Filipino filmmakers, amateur or professional, and to multimedia creators and artists. For complete submission guidelines, visit TVUP Facebook Page.

Participants must observe all government-ordered health and safety requirements, quarantine regulations, and other community restrictions in the production of their videos.

The PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL is brought to you by the University of the Philippines, Chooks-To-Go, UP College of Mass Communication, UP College of Music, UP College of Mass Communication Foundation, Inc., and TVUP.