Jarell Serencio

Writer, Director

  • Full Name: Jarell Serencio

  • Management: Man Overboard Productions

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JARELL MAHINAY SERENCIO is a filmmaker from Mindanao who is passionate in telling stories of children winning battles over difficult realities. His first job after finishing a degree in Mass Communication was a researcher for a drama anthology show in television, "Maalaala Mo Kaya". He travels around the country to look for true to life stories that resonates Filipino culture. After few years, he became the Head Researcher/Writer of the show which helped him develop his writing skills. Serencio wrote, directed and produced his first two short films (Victor & Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad or Stars in the City) which won Best Short Feature in Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2012 and Best Director in Metro Manila Film Festival 2016, respectively.

In 2017, he has partnered with Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Mindanao Film and TV Development Incorporated (MFTDI) to conduct Scriptwriting Workshops for students and Non-Government Organizations in Davao City. He was part in drafting the city ordinance forming the very first Film Development Council of Davao. His latest short film, Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold) granted a production support from National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), year 2016. The film won Best Short Film at 1st Palawan International Film Festival 2018 and 1st Runner Up for Open Category at CineFilipino Film Festival 2018. He is one of the selected fellow for 2018 International Film Business Academy at Busan Asian Film School, South Korea.




SIYUDAD SA BULAWAN (City of Gold), (2018)

Best Short Film – 1st Palawan International Film Festival (2018)

1st Runner Up (Open Category) – CineFilipino Film Festival (2018)

Best Guerilla Filmathon Film – Mindanao Film Festival (2017)

Official Selection – BINISAYA Film Festival (2017)

Official Selection, Philippine Short section – Salamindanaw International Film Festival (2017)

Mama (2017)

Mga Bitoon sa Syudad (Stars in the City) (2016)

Short Film Category – Metro Manila Film Festival (2016)

Nominated, Best Short Film – Gawad Urian (2016)

Finalist, 24HR Guerilla Filmathon Cinema Rehiyon Edition

Bahamas International Film Festival (2013)

San Francisco International Film Festival (2013)

Victor (2012)

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (2012)



Seeds of Life (Tagum City) (2018)

Retirement (Climbs Insurance) (2018)

Mushroom (D.O.S.T) (2017)

Wood (D.O.S.T) (2017)



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