The UPFI’s academic programs aim to contribute to the development of genuinely Filipino national cinema by producing graduates with a well-rounded liberal arts education as well as creative and technical skills and a keen sense of social responsibility. It seeks to instill increased professionalization in Philippine film practice and upgrade local film scholarship.

The UP Film Institute hopes to contribute to the growth of a Filipino national cinema and the strengthening of a cultural identity that is uniquely Filipino while enriching its students understanding of world cinema and preparing them to take their place in it.

Our program has produced notable graduates that include independent filmmakers Raya Martin (Independencia), Hannah Espia (Transit) and Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro), editor Carlo Manatad (Pamilya Ordinaryo), directors Joyce Bernal (10,000 Hours), Cathy Garcia-Molina (One More Chance), Antoinette Jadaone (That Thing Called Tadhana), directors of photography Tey Clamor (Camp Sawi) and Sol Garcia (Bambanti), producers Ronald Arguelles (Ang Babaeng Humayo, Cinema One) and Bianca Balbuena (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis), and documentarians Adjani Arumpac (War is a Tender Thing).


In 2010, the UP Film Institute was listed among the best film schools in the world.

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On January 2017, UPFI is listed as one of the best film schools in the country. 

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