Mapua students’ films to be showcased in first Korea Pinoy International Film Festival

Six award-winning student films from Mapua University will be screened in the first Korea Pinoy International Film Festival on September 27 to 29 at the Arirang Center in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul.

READ ALSO: First Filipino film festival in South Korea opens in September

The films will be showcased as “Best of Mapua” by the School of Media Studies of Mapua University. A press release by the university stated that some of the films have been featured and have won several awards at several local and international festivals.

Disconnection Notice (19 minutes) – Glenn Lowell Averia

Disconnection Notice

Away from his home in the province, Paul shuffles between the responsibilities of being the eldest sibling in their apartment and reconnecting with his youngest brother Carl who now lives with him.

Cast: Jude Servilla, JV Servilla

Award: NETPAC Award in Cinemalaya 2019 Independent Film Festival

Gatilyo (19 minutes) – Harold Lance Padilla


The lone survivor of an ambush gets haunted by the war he survived.

Cast: Rocky Salumbides, Liya Sarmiento, Miguel Domino Roberta, Roberta Daleon, Jester Cortes

Awards: Best Film in CineMapúa 2019 Digital Student Film Festival; Finalist in Cinemalaya 2019 Independent Film Festival

Nik-Nik (21 minutes) – Nixs Bernal


A six-year-old attempts to solve the Rubik’s cube and, in the process, connects segments of her future.

Cast: Mercedes Cabral, Ashley Namilit

Awards: Best LGBT Award in Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards; Best Film in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival

Ophelia (15 minutes) – Celina Mae Medina

A depressed college student asks parents for psychiatric. The parents have other plans in mind.

Cast: Rea Molina, Soliman Cruz, Angelina Kanapi

Awards: Best Film Editing and Best Performance of an Actress in CineMapúa 2019 Digital Student Film Festival; Screened in the Short Film Corner of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Pood (4 minutes) – Gio Sallena


A young boy accidentally discovers the magical portal to the enchanted world of Malignos despite his father’s warning not to venture into the forest.

Award: Finalist in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival

Southbound (6 minutes) – Zaira Daradar and Rhadney Reyes


A high school student whose day seems so ordinary encounters a strange incident which reveals that the progression of technology isn’t always good.

Award: Best Animation Film in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival


The Korea Pinoy International Film Festival is part of the celebrations commemorating 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and South Korea. The festival will feature the film TNT – Tago Nang Tago by MAPUA’s School of Media Studies faculty member Roberto Reyes, under the Director’s Showcase.

The festival will also stage the South Korean premiere of Hello, Love, Goodbye, starring Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo.

For more information, visit their official website at and their Facebook page.

Bea Mandac
Bea was introduced to the world of Korean culture through Full House, Jewel in the Palace, BoA, and TVXQ. She is also a fan of J-Pop, figure skating, and tennis. When not in her day job, she likes to be alone in her room or in a café with her pen and paper, or a laptop. She co-runs a figure skating blog with fellow KStreet contributor Clara. You can reach her on Twitter.

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