Lester Christal


Lester Christal


writer & director




Gay and a native of the Manila slums, Cristal is no stranger to the harsh realities of life. The human experience and its many complexities triumph through his stories. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking at the School of Design and Arts of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde as a scholar. He was nominated for Best Short Film in the Philippines‘ oldest award-giving body for cinema, the 68th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS Awards).

prizes / labs


social media

#bagets rider FREE HD

working title

#bagets rider FREE HD

project status

in development

logline / short synopsis

Young. Wild. Exploited. When an old private video of Bryan goes viral online, the 19-year-old willful food delivery rider in a big city tries to reclaim the image of his body. This is a brutal coming-of-age Filipino short film about growing up in today’s world of social media, pornography, and commerce. ‚#bagets rider FREE HD‘ depicts a teenager’s desire to be seen and unseen as well as what it is like to be devoured digitally and in the real world—a story we cannot skip and scroll away from.