The Diwa Filipino Film Festival is a community-centered film festival celebrating the Filipino Spirit wherever it resides, by exhibiting films from the Philippine islands and beyond.

Diwa Filipino Film Festival is now fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, and is expected to have both an in-person and virtual component in October 2024. Stay tuned for updates!

- Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Anyone can join, as long as your work is about the Filipino or Diasporic Filipino experience.
- Narrative, documentary, and experimental films are welcome. Although we prefer short films, we will accept films of any length. Feel free to submit as many films as you want!
- E-mail the director for waiver codes for qualifying films (your work is about the Filipino or Diasporic Filipino experience).

Overall Rating
  • Nicole Dizon

    Belated thank you to Adrian Alarilla, Joann Natalia Aquino and the rest of the Programming Team at the Diwa Filipino Film Festival of Seattle for selecting my narrative short, "Morena" in 2023 and my documentary short, "Boxed" in 2019! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to return to the festival. Their team ensures the visibility of each filmmaker and offers a welcoming, safe environment for everyone to connect over their stories.

    September 2023
  • DIWA Filipino Film Festival is what we wish every festival was like: warm, attentive, communicative, and passionate about their filmmakers' work. The collection of films they curated were diverse in content and high in quality. If only I could complete a film more often, I would submit to them every year. Thank you for having "Your blue heart" at this year's festival!

    July 2023
  • Salamat po Diwa Filipino Film Festival for presenting our Wetsitales as a collection. Thank you for selecting Wetsitales : The Monkey and The Turtle, The Boy Who Became a Stone, The Hawk and The Hen, How the Moon and Stars Came To Be, The Flood Story, The Carabao and the Shell, Tilin The Rice Bird. We appreciate your help in the retelling of these stories to this new generation inside and outside the Philippines.

    July 2023
  • CJ Mendoza

    I submitted my short film "Reboluyson" to Diwa Filipino Film Festival of Seattle and was part of the Filmmaker's Panel! It was a blast getting to do a group one with other filmmakers and recieve insight from other AAPI Folks outside of my area.

    June 2023
  • Emilio J. Virata

    Five big stars for Diwa Filipino Film Festival of Seattle. Though I wasn't able to join in person, I loved being able to enjoy the films online. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring new voices into the field and celebrate the ongoing achievements of Filipino Filmmakers throughout the diaspora. I look forward to returning to this festival again and again and again.

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, EJ! It was a pleasure having your films in our festival this year!