The final act of TikTok’s #ForYouPelikula campaign has drawn the curtain on a month-long celebration of creativity and storytelling with its culminating awards night on November 28 at the Venice Cineplex Cinema 5 of Venice Grand Canal in Taguig City.

The collaborative initiative between TikTok, the leading short-form mobile video platform, and Viva, a premier multimedia company, honored outstanding talent and illuminated the vibrant landscape of Philippine short films.

Declared as winners of the #ForYouPelikula Awards are:

(From left) Best actor Justin Samia, Creative Director/Producer Kelvin Guzman, Best #ForYouPelikula Short Film winner Novy Recate (@novyrecate), and Best Actress Yanna Rayos celebrated their victories for the award-winning short film “JackPat.” TikTok

The highlight of the award ceremony was the screening of professionally produced short films of the top five #ForYouPelikula entries. These films, created through a collaboration with Viva Films and Viva Records, demonstrate the power of storytelling and the impact of well-crafted narratives on the audience.

A distinguished panel of judges, including Nerizza Darmayo (Regional Lead for Entertainment SEA), Brix Valdenarro (AVP & Head – Lifestyle and Entertainment Group of Megaworld Lifestyle Mall), Valerie del Rosario (Senior Vice President for Content Creation and Development, TV Production, and Creative Research of Viva Communications Inc.), and Heart Ryan (singer, dancer, actress, and TikTok creator with over 4 million followers), presided over the awards ceremony.

Julie Zhu
Julie Zhu, Entertainment Lead, Philippines, TikTok, expressed TikTok’s commitment to fostering creative self-expression during the #ForYouPelikula Awards Night TikTok

Julie Zhu, Entertainment Lead, Philippines, TikTok said, “TikTok is a home for creative self-expression that nurtures authentic, entertaining content. We are proud to bring the vibrant storytelling culture of the Philippines to life through #ForYouPelikula. As we celebrate these emerging filmmakers, we look forward to witnessing their continued impact on the local film industry. We remain committed to unlocking real-world opportunities for creators and artists through their creative expression and TikTok’s power of discovery.”

The winners of Best #ForYouPelikula Entry and Best #ForYouPelikula Short Film were awarded a cash prize of P50,000 each, underlining the festival’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding outstanding contributions to the local short film industry.

The short films of the winners, along with other entries of the finalists like “Kambal” by AManFullOfBadIdeas, “Kismet” by Direk Gen, and “Time Travel” by Scenki, can be watched on @tiktoktainmentph, the official TikTok entertainment account.

#ForYouPelikula Awards Night
(Front row, from left) Actor Keann Johnson, Director Roe Pajemna, Best #ForYouPelikula Entry winner Rico Romano Kamatoy (@pelikulaniromano), (back row, from left) Actress Sara Joe, Actor Daniel Ong, and Actor Justin Rivera mark their success for the win of “Nomi.” TikTok

Beyond accolades, these awards symbolize the potential of the winners to shape the future of Philippine cinema. Each film, ranging from heartfelt explorations of love and destiny to mind-bending encounters with past and future selves, demonstrated the diverse storytelling styles of the finalists and acted as a testament to the thriving creativity within the community.

The #ForYouPelikula campaign is TikTok’s show of support for the short film industry, emphasizing the platform’s commitment to fostering emerging talents and contributing to the local filmmaking landscape.

The success of the #ForYouPelikula Awards Night was made possible by the support of TikTok’s sponsors, including Megaworld Cinemas, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Venice Cineplex McKinley Hill, Astons Specialities, Luxe Organix, Daily Fix, Jolly, Good Life, Ace Market, Heart Mate under Fly Ace Corporation, OMG Memories, Laurin, and Dr. Coco.

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry.He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and...

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