UP Cineastes Studio

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The UP Cineastes' Studio is a non-stock, non-profit, duly-recognized, university-wide student organization based at the College of Mass Communication committed to serve the film community and promote film awareness, appreciation and understanding, as well as other forms of artistic expression.

'Cineaste (pronounced sin-ni-ast)

A filmic term used to describe someone passionate about film and filmmaking. The term comes from the 20th century French fusion of the words cinematographe and enthusiaste. Today, the modern English term has become cineaste, short for cinema enthusiast.


The UP Cineastes' Studio was formed on September 24, 1984. It started out as an organization just for film students of the University of the Philippines Diliman. But later on, it expanded to include students from the College of Home Economics, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Business Administration, and other UP Diliman colleges as well.

Ever since its conception, UP Cineastes' Studio has been upholding the art of filmmaking. The organization is well-known for its continuous film exhibitions in the past years, and now for its tie-ups with the UP Film Institute in holding events such as the UP Film & Video Festival for independent amateur/professional filmmakers, the Black Beret Film Festival for student filmmakers, Russian Film Festival, Fade to Black, the 16mm Film Festival and It’s A Wrap.

The goal of the organization has always been to uphold cinema, particularly local cinema. Also to initiate activities that would elevate the knowledge and craftsmanship in our field of endeavor, and to promote fellowship among film students. And through the years, it can be said that the UP Cineastes' Studio has been steadfast in realizing these goals. In so doing, the organization is now considered an instrumental factor in the continuous promotion of film appreciation and awareness in the UP Diliman community.


Executive Committee A.Y. 2017-2018

Denjamyr Angelo Aliño
Executive Vice President
John Gabriel Ramos
Gino Louis Dela Paz
Camille Mateo
Vice President for Internal Affairs
Jerrlhn Marriah Tonio
Vice President for External Relations
Kendra Millario
Vice President for Education and Research
Katrina Isabel Catalan
Vice President for Marketing
Ryner Viray
Vice President for Creative Affairs
Jessa Mae Sargento


Inhale Inspiration, Exhale Expression: 27 Years of Breathing and Breeding Philippine Cinema. UP Cineastes' Studio Members 2011-2012

Mara Beatrice Agleham
Paolo Bañaga
Fatima Shaneen Bara
Karl Glenn Barit
Mara Isa Cruz
Netanja Elisse De Guzman
Alix Danielle Duplito
Ma. Bernadette Espino
Jonathan Hee Kai Chong
Josiah Gil Hiponia
Lourdes Iris Lacap
Azl Cedric Lopez
Maycarlo Manalaysay
Carla Marie Manalo
Janine Maniego
Dominic Andre Montejo
Victoria Mostoles
Peter Dominique Paredes
Jedrus Yves Patron
Hillarie Mae Reyes
Antonne Rafael Santiago
Joey Alexis Singh
Jean Cheryl Tagyamon

Nonilon Sydney Abao
Quennie Aguirre
Joanne Marian Cesario
Charles Keith Dedel
Rembrandt Floresca
Pauline Joyce Gonzalvo
Jose Ibarra Guballa
Mariel Jeline Jose
Jerrica Angela Manongdo
Sebastianne Mariano
Arnex Nicolas
Kaliska Dominica Peralta
Alyssa Mariel Suico
Anna Maria Andrea Tatad
Viktor Ramon Mikhail Toledo
Sarah Isabelle Torres
Rod-Michael Tumbaga
Earl Joseph Usi

Ana Patricia Addun
Jessehyro Tito Aguinaldo
Norman Ray Basa
Marie Joseph Baquiran
Josef Ian Bondoc
Ma. Krizzia Abigail Calucag
Chadwick Jollymar De Guzman
Christelle Delvo
Steven Paul Evangelio
Jan Michael Jamisola
Marianne Raiza Lansigan
Ma. Jhayle Ann Marie Meer
Monica Isabel Maria Melchor
Lourdes Niñamarie Janraleth Nunez
Vaughn Emerson Pinpin
Karen Raagas
Robert Edward Sarmiento
Aliona Silva
Ralph Ty
Mario Urrutia III
Kevin Matthew Velasco

Zaldy Bonagua
Maxine Adriana Casaclang
Pauline De Leon
Archie Dimaculangan
Ezekiel Ferrer
Norwin Gonzales
Natalie Joy Hunter
Iris Charmaine Lee
Nicolette Bea Louise Marcelo
Juan Carlos Ojano
John Benedict Opinion
Alexandra Maria Poblete
Isabel Maria Luz Quesada
Danielle Joan Racelis
Jessie Joie Santos
Myra Christa Torres
Keana Karol Trasporte
Nathan David Valenzuela
Anna Motohara Venturina

Mervin Afan
Kristia Gail Alcancia
Danielle Anne Ayag
Michelle Bacabac
Mark Cyril Bautista
Adora Isabel Bersales
Fatima Marie Centeno
Jon Dewitt Dalisay
Rosebell Mikaella Jeanne Dela Cruz
Pia Larina Dimagiba
Alyssa Cerise Estrada
Marlon Fernando
Ramon Alberto Garilao
Bernardo Gatus
Athena Czarina Generoso
Aisleen Ann Hernandez
Noah Lean Loyola
Maria Margarita Mina
Jan Patrick Pineda
Martika Ramirez
Mariah Nicole Santuico
Kim Patricia Silang
Christine Joyce Silva
Jan Karlo Ynion

April Agsunod
Mai-rim Santuico



Every start of the semester, we open up our organization to students from all over the University of the Philippines Diliman to give them the chance to become a member of UP Cineastes’ Studio. Though we are an organization based in the College of Mass Communication, we do not limit our membership to just students of media. We do invite students from different colleges to seize the opportunity to expand their interest in film and filmmaking as well as develop fellowship among fellow film enthusiasts. Last year, we had the privilege of welcoming in 24 new members. We humbly open our organization once again for membership application this first semester 2012-2013. Please stay tuned in to this page for updates. If you have any inquiries, please contact Petersen (0926 730 3128) or Christi (0905 662 2428).

Cinemalaya Goes UP

Cinemalaya Goes UP 7 Audience

Bringing the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, or simply, Cinemalaya, to its student audience has been a tradition of our organization for past six consecutive years. In partnership with the University of the Philippines Film Institute, we are proud to be able to bring this back for the seventh year around, continuing the tradition of unrivaled dedication on our advocacy to cultivate and to make known the Filipino independent cinema.

Cineastes’ Month

Established on September 24, 1984, UP Cineastes’ Studio commemorates this with a month long celebration. Throughout the month, we hold numerous activities that will not only be enjoyed by the students, but will also enhance their knowledge and interest in films.

Grand Film Orgy

Film orgies are a well-loved tradition of the org. Every so often, members gather and watch a film, shortly after being screened, a discussion about the film is begun. Through film orgies, members and friends are able to analyze films at a more casual level. During the Grand Film Orgy, we invite alumni of the org to come and participate. This allows fellowship among both students and practitioners, whereby intense learning takes place as insight is given and received from the industry.

D’Original Jologs Quiz Show

Reminiscing has never gotten as crazy and as fun as when done in the D’Original Jologs Quiz Show way. Actors, actresses, name of episode titles, events, anything under the sun of past Philippine entertainment TV and films, JQS is here to make you remember as you play to win a “kabuhayan showcase”.

CinemaOne Originals Campus Tour

Cinema One Originals is the annual prime event of the cable channel, Cinema One. In 2005, the channel ventured into original digital movie productions under this project to showcase the talents and diverse voices of the local independent cinema. Each year, the UP Cineastes’ Studio brings this event to the student audience to carry on the vision of expanding viewership of Philippine cinema as well as recognizing Filipino artistry at work.

Haute Auteur

Conceptualized in 2009, Haute Auteur is a silent video competition hosted by the organization. With themes such as Cinématographe Lumière: Reflections on Early Cinema and Home Is Where the Art Is, Haute Auteur continuously challenges budding filmmakers to go beyond and see how far sheer visuals can take them.

Filmmakers Ramon Bautista and John Torres as guest judges at 2011's Haute Auteur held at Shangri-La Plaza

The UP Cineastes' Studio invites everyone interested in films and filmmaking. Haute Auteur encourages all film enthusiasts to seize this opportunity to hone one's talents in filmmaking and expand their reach as a filmmaker. The collection of videos will have a screening in a public venue (e.g. malls) wherein audiences from all walks of life will share a unique film viewing experience. To top it all off, each of the finalist’s films will be scored live by musicians during the awards night. A perfect event for both film and music enthusiasts.
Together with the UP Film Institute, the UP Cineastes' Studio presents this event with pride and confidence in line with the organization's continued support and elevation of filmmaking and the cinema.


Members of the UP Cineastes’ Studio have earned great reputation in their fields of filmmaking both locally and internationally.
Some members have participated international talent camps such as the Berlinale Talent Camp in the Berlin International Film Festival.

Year after year, select graduating students of our organization have received prestigious academic awards such as the Best Thesis Awards and the Gloria Feliciano Best Thesis Award. Some of our Cineaste directed and produced films have also been recognized by respected award giving bodies such as the Gawad Urian and the Catholic Mass Media Awards. Still others have been entered into the Cinemalaya Short Film Festival and have been screened at international festivals like the Filipino International Film Festival Los Angeles.

Members continue to bring pride and honor to the organization as their works have been recognized by numerous award-giving bodies.

Bawi dir. by Jono Rivera

22nd Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video,
Experimental Category Honorable Mention
"22:19 (Ventedoz Diez Y Nueve)" by Luigina Marie Jose (2007A)

Best Work for/on/by Children, First Prize
"Idlip" by Loren Jane J. Rabadam (2007A)

34th Gawad Urian Nominee for Short Film
"Hungkag" by Asian Film Academy Fellow 2010, Carlo Francisco Manatad (2007A)

2011 UPFI Special Award for Narrative
"Bawi" by Jono de Rivera (2008B) and "Galimgim" by Cristina Santiago (2007A)

Galimgim dir. by Cristina Santiago

Short Film Category - Cinemalaya, In Competition
"Debut" by Pamela Llanes Reyes (2010A)

SM Bigshot Grantees
"Balang Araw" by Arch Dimaculangan (2008B), Franne Cheska Ramos, Jono de Rivera (2008B)
"Suntok sa Buwan" by Jono de Rivera (2008B) and Bianca Catbagan

Cinemanila 2012 - Young Cinema Program
"Huling Araw ng Pagsisilbi" by Bienvenido Ferrer III (2009A)

4th Silvershorts .MOV 2011 - Finalist
"Numbalikdiwa" by Richmond Garcia (2005)

2012 UPFI Special Award for Narrative
"Para Kay Ama" by Relyn Tan (2008A)

2012 UPFI Special Award for Animation
"World Ipis" by Kristin Barrameda (2008B) and Joana Ubaldo

Berlinale Talent Camp - Participant
Carlo Francisco Manatad (2007A)

3rd CinePambata Film Festival 2011 - Finalist
"Idlip" by Loren Rabadam (2005)

2012 Twenty[24]Quatro Guerilla Filmmaking Marathon Best Picture and Best Directing
"Deadline" by Adi Bersales (2010A), Mikee Dela Cruz (2008A), Ara Generoso (2008A) and Victoria Mostoles (2009A)

13th Ateneo Video Open Best Direction and Best Editing
"Ugoy" by Maxine Casaclang (2007A)

Piling Obra Video 8 First Place Experimental Film
"Rise" by Tanja De Guzman (2009A)


CinemaOne Campus Tour 2011

Watch out for the upcoming CinemaOne Originals happening on November 09 to 15 at Edsa Shangri-La Mall Cineplex. Stay tuned also for CinemaOne Originals Campus Tour as we bring it to UP from November 29 to December 3!

See Also

UP Cineastes' Studio Facebook Page
UP Cineastes' Studio Tumblr