Adrian Alarilla is a Seattle-based filmmaker, community organizer, and film scholar. He was born and raised in the Philippines and studied film at the University of the Philippines Film Institute, finishing his degree in Social Sciences and Communication at the University of Washington in 2010. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies at UW's Jackson School of International Studies, focusing on Southeast Asian Cinema. He is the founder of Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle, a community-based film festival directed in collaboration with the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival.
Alarilla’s films explore culture and identity in the era of globalization and Filipino diaspora. They have been shown at various film festivals in Manila, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Eugene, Oregon, and New York. "To Manong Carlos", a short ode to Carlos Bulosan, was nominated best short documentary at the 2014 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. Another film, a narrative short entitled "Drifters," was screened at the first Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Film Festival in New York in June 2016. In his latest project, "Where We Are Now", the video camera becomes a vessel for emigrant Filipino stories as it circumnavigates the world by courier, re-establishing broken ties and rebuilding the terrain of the Filipino collective psyche.