Sari Dalena is a filmmaker and educator. She graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman with an undergraduate degree in Film and obtained her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Film Production at the New York University through a Fulbright Scholarship. She was the recipient of the New York Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) Graduate Fellowship. Her short films Asong Simbahan (Church Dogs) and Mumunting Krus (Little Crosses) won Best Short Film prizes at the Gawad URIAN.
Dalena has also been the recipient of the prestigious 13 Artists Award at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, UP CMC Glory Award in Film, the FDCP's Luminary for the Sine Sandaan and the UP Artist awards for excellence in film. Dalena's films have been screened in numerous local and international film festivals, exemplary of which are Memories of a Forgotten War (2001) and Rigodon (2006), both films screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Her first full-length film, Ka Oryang was awarded Best Picture and Best Director prizes at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2012. Her other notable works include White Funeral (1997), The Guerrilla is a Poet (2013), The Women of Malolos (2013), and Dahling Nick (2015). Sari is also Producer and Production Designer of award-winning films Woman of the Ruins (Sicat, 2013) and science-fiction film, Alimuom (Vapours, 2018). Sari is faculty member and former Director of the UP Film Institute and is working on two documentary projects on important Filipino writers in America and Asia’s first super heroine.