as producer & assistant director, 2020

'Filipiñana' is a short film written & directed by Rafael Manuel.


It was shot in the Philippines in May 2019. It premiered in the Main Shorts Competition of the 70th Berlinale in February 2020 and was awarded the Silver Bear Short Film Jury Prize.

Filipiñana was also awarded the Silver Wolf at Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal 2020 for Best International Short.

It was awarded the Brief Encounters Grand Prix and Best of British Award at Encounters Film Festival 2020

It screened in competition at San Sebastian FF 2020, Go Shorts FF 2020, and Shorts in The Palace FF 2020.

Writer & Director: Rafael Manuel

Producers: Naomi Pacifique, Kyle Nieva

& Kiko Meily

Cinematographer: Xenia Patricia

Production Designer: Andrea Vigoni

Sound Recordist: Manuel Colayco

1st AD: Naomi Pacifique

Featuring: Jorybel Agotto, Sunshine Teodoro, Micah Musah & Jeremy Mendoza

A feature version of the film is currently in pre-development.

More info available at


behind the scenes


at Berlinale 70