About Rianne

about Rianne Hill Soriano, filmmaker, writer, educator, consultant

Rianne was bitten by the film bug. She is a free-spirited artist in constant search for the ultimate experience in every place — seeking inspiration for every work. 

About Rianne Hill Soriano

From mainstream essentials to independent flair, Rianne knows the drill in making entertaining and well-meaning productions. Make no mistake about this director’s unstereotypical looks… She can lead a pack passionate about extreme action and technological edge; yet, she can breathe an endearing and sentimental style for a team with a sweet disposition.

Short Bio

Rianne Hill Soriano is a freelance production artist doing directing and writing works in film and commercial/corporate productions. 

In the United States, she won the Las Vegas Filmmaker of the Year at the indie arts awards RAWards. She was the city’s official representative for the national finals featuring other award-winning filmmakers from other key U.S. cities. She is a First Friday Las Vegas Artist and a Yahoo! Movies Featured Critic Award finalist. She has published works in Yahoo!, The Los Angeles Times, Livestrong, The Allstate Blog, among others.

In the Philippines, she is a national awardee of the Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) Award for Cinema by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). She received the Kodak Film Award and Best Film Thesis at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. She was nominated for the Gawad Urian Best Short Film Award. She is a contributor at BusinessWorld and

In Korea, she is a filmmaker fellow of the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Academy 2009 and the Korean Film Council’s (KOFIC) Asian Film Professionals Training Program 2008 in Busan and Seoul, Korea. She shot the 16mm film ). She is a co-author of KOFIC’s Asian Film Industry Book published in 2010.

Her directorial credentials include commercial works and TV shows for clients including the ASEAN, Dept. of Science and Technology, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Budget and Management, Smart Communications, Hallmark Philippines, Camella, Avida, Limketkai, World Vision, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Pilipinas Online-Bantay OCW, and Galing Pilipino Movement.

Curriculum Vitae


University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) (1998 to 2003)
BA Film and Audio-Visual Communication
* Kodak Film Awardee 2003 and Best Production Thesis 2003

University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) (2006-2007)
* Certificate Course in New Enterprise Planning

University of the Philippines College of Music (June to December 2008)
* Extension Course in Voice (Classical)

International Institute for Film Arts (IIFA) (2009)
* TV Commercials Directing Workshop

Asian Film Academy (AFA), Pusan International Film Festival – Busan, South Korea (2009)
* Fellow, Filipino filmmaker delegate

Korean Film Council (KOFIC) – Seoul, South Korea (June to December 2008)
* Trainee/Artist-in-Residence, Asian Film Professionals Training Program – Director/Writer


* Directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, videography, photography, mixed media art,  producing, production management, film, TV, and theater acting, voice acting, singing.

* Used/worked with film/HD/DV cameras: Moviecam; Arri 3, BL1, 2C, SR3, and SR2; Bolex; Canon Scoopic; Panasonic Varicam, DVX100 series, P2/HVX and HPX series; Sony V1, FX1, Z1, and VX2000; Canon XL1 and XL2. Also uses digital SLR Canon EOS 450D for photography works.

* Works with Finalcut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe Photoshop.

* Able to use different operating systems for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

* Knowledgeable in basic HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Soundtrack Pro, and Dreamweaver

* Creative writing, copywriting, basic SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

* Art direction and graphic design.

* Marketing and events management.



“Technophilia” (6 mins., 16mm short film, 2009)

– a Korean short film shot in Seoul during the filmmaker’s stay for the Asian Film Professionals Traning Program of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) – through the help of KOFIC, Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), and Korea University
– 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival 2009 (Young Cinema Program)
– Cinemalaya Filipino Independent Film Festival 2009 (Korean Shorts Exhibition)
– Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2009
– 5th Titus Brandsma Short Film Festival 2009
– Indie HD (Film Premiere at Gateway Cineplex 10, Quezon City, Philippines, 2009)

“Pera-perahang Lata” / “Penny from the Tin Can” (29 mins., HD, short film, 2009)

– A film grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
– 1st Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival 2009 (Opening Film)
– Hong Kong Filipino Film Festival 2009
– Indie HD (Film Premiere at Gateway Cineplex 10, Quezon City, Philippines, 2009)

“Aninag” / “Light’s Play” (15 mins., 35mm short film, 2005)

– A film grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
– New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2005
– New York Filipino Film Festival 2005
– Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival 2006
– Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market 2005
– Official Selection to UNESCO’s Audio-Visual E-Platform
– Roswell Public Library Film Event 2006 (Atlanta)
– Indiemand: 1st Pi Omicron Independent Film Festival 2005
– Cinema Purgatoryo 2005
– Pelikula at Lipunan Film Festival 2005
– Magnet Featured Films (First Films) 2007
– Feminine Force Group Anniversary 2007 Featured Film
– Short Film Preceding “Kubrador” Screening at Bichara Theater in Naga City 2007
– 4th Neo-Angono Artists Collective Public Art  Festival 2007
– 3rd Place – Viva’s PBO Digitales Film Contest 2006
– aired at cable channel Pinoy Box Office: 2006 to present

“Karsel”/ “Prison” (20 mins., 35mm short film, 2003)
Director/Writer/Director of Photography/Film Editor/Producer

– Best Production Thesis 2003
– 17th Gawad Urian Nominee for Best Short Film
– TAU International Film Festival 2004 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
– 1st Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival 2009 – Cinevita Film Festival 2008
– Eksperimento Film Festival 2004
– Finalist – 1st Indeo Film and Video Festival 2004
– UP Diliman Film and Video Festival 2004
– Pelikula at Lipunan Film Festival 2004
– Celebrating Women – Women’s Week Film Fest 2004
– Featured film at the Feminine Force Group Woman’s Month 2007
– Illuminations: Awarded Student Films of the UP Cinema Arts Society
– Finalist – International Women’s Film Festival 2006
– aired at UniversiTV: 2007 to present


Exposed in the different facets of media: film, TV, advertising, theater, radio, print, and web (Freelance Videographer/Photographer/Graphic Artist/Writer/Producer/Voice Talent)

* Showreel and sample works available upon request


• Freelance Stage Manager – parties and events
– Stage Manager – Opening of “Mall of Asia’s Esplanade” (September 2007)
– Stage Manager – “IFM Pinoy Music Awards” (February 2008)
• Host/Speaker/Facilitator – various art/writing/film workshops
– Speaker – “Independent Film and Animation Seminar” – E-Teleservices Phils. and Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI), SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia (February 2008)
– Speaker – Filmmaking Seminars/Workshops/Conferences/Festivals at the University of the Philippines, University of Makati, and Ateneo de Naga (2006 – 2008)
• Marketing/Finance Officer/Performer – UP SAMASKOM’s “LIVE AIDS” – an annual musical comedy-variety show at the UP Abelardo Theater, College of Music (1998 – 2002)


• TV Commercials at Videofilm Production Center (March – May 2001)
Production Assistant/Talent



films, photography, production, visual arts, gadgets, cameras, swords and daggers, consoles, poetry, writing, web/internet, rock/alternative/classical music, events/parties, fashion, mythology, martial arts, meditation, singing, dancing, acting, painting, fencing


Fluent in English and Filipino; basic French and Korean


2008 – present Fellow – Asian Film Academy of Pusan International Film Festival, Trainee – Asian Film Professionals Training Program (Korean Film Council/KOFIC), Colorwheel Studios,
2007 – 2008      Streetpark Productions, Colegio de San Lorenzo, V-Factor Events
2007 – present Tuldok Animation Studios
2006 – present First Academy of Computer Arts
2006 – 2007       MBS TEK Corp./U. S. Auto Parts Network/
2005 – present
2005 – 2006 Hallmark Phils./Filstar Distributors Corp., Galing Pilipino Movement TV
2005 Pilipinas Online – Bantay OCW
2004 – 2006 Dubbers and Voice Shop
2004 ABS-CBN
2002 – 2004 Monster Radio RX 93.1
2000 – present Grupong Tinta (Film and TV Scriptwriters’ Group)
2000 – 2002       PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association)
1999 – 2002 106.7 Kool
1998 – present UP SAMASKOM, Fencing ClubUP CAST (Cinema Arts Society)


Rianne has been exposed to the different facets of media: film, TV, advertising, theater, radio, print, web, and events. As a young and active soul, she immerses herself in various disciplines that drive her to learn and experience love and life. Performing during her high school and college years (theater, events, radio, TV and film) has guided her in dealing with various people and further establishing connections. Being a director, writer, producer, and production artist, she has promoted a thriving collaboration of remarkable artists working within her sphere. Production work is a true fulfillment. And now, after film school, as life moves on, it is a realization of dreams and goals through unending learning and experiencing…

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