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After my 10-year hiatus on independent filmmaking, wrapping up post for my very first experimental film

My first independent short film in 10 years is an experimental film for grad school. This is going to be my most personal film to date and it feels great to work on something new (aside from going back to my roots) after working on mostly branded shorts during my indie hiatus.

Film Event Invite: ‘One Shot: A Forum on Shooting Your First Feature Film’ and screening of Pepe Diokno’s ‘Engkwentro’

This term’s Filmmaker Focus in Forum (FFF) is entitled “One Shot: A Forum on Shooting Your First Feature Film” featuring Pepe Diokno and his first feature, the Cinemalaya film “Engkwentro.”

A young filmmaker’s tale about National Artist for Cinema Kidlat Tahimik

Indeed, Mr. Eric de Guia whom we dearly love as Kidlat Tahimik Jr. (because he said his son is the Sr.), lives up to the name he is best known for — two somehow contrasting but very powerful Filipino words rolled into one to create an even more powerful energy for its bearer.

Invitation to CinePHlix featuring films ‘Anino’ and ‘Birdshot’

This event entitled “CinePHlix,” features a Q&A for the featured films and filmmakers and a film forum about “the blurring line between cinema and television and the rise of online distribution.”

Film Event Invitation: ‘Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference’ celebrates 100 years of Philippine cinema

In celebration of the 100 years of Philippine Cinema, Filipino film workers organized the “Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference” at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (BenildeFilm) this September 2017.

Film Forum Invitation: ‘It’s More Fun in the PhiliFILMS’ with screening of Ice Idanan’s ‘Sakaling Di Makarating’

This free event entitled “It’s More Fun in the PhiliFILMS” is open to the public. It kicks off with the screening of Ice Idanan’s critically acclaimed CineFilipino film “Sakaling Hindi Makarating,” followed by a forum on film tourism.

An Epiphany: Philippine cinema’s powerful Pinays + the need for more female presence in film studies, books, and academic endeavors

I couldn’t agree more when someone said that more woman filmmakers should be included in the syllabi of academicians, whether in major subjects of film students or any related media subjects and electives, especially those of mass communication and communication arts students. Academic papers, journals, books, and even blogs and vlogs that are easily accessible by everyone, should be able to find many female names to feature. These initiatives will further help level the playing field for anyone — to the point when gender issues as we know them would simply become a thing of the past in the Philippine film industry.

Capsule Film Review: ‘Ang Larawan, The Movie’ (2017)

"Ang Larawan, The Movie" is a film for Filipinos -- something to treasure for its artistic and cultural initiative of pioneering the musical film adapted from the work of an acclaimed Filipino literary artist, no less than a National Artist at that. Kudos to all those behind this ambitious cinematic endeavor, as the film, with both its strengths and forgiveable shortcomings, reflects the love and passion of the people who worked on it from start to end. This period piece may not be your usual Hollywood flair full of superhero characters, cool stunts, and uber awesome special effects, but it is

‘Batanes’ Film Review: Crossing borders

“Batanes” is essentially a heartwarming study of a relationship between two cultures. With the tagline “Love knows no borders,” this flawed but poignant love story explores life and love between different places and cultures. It explores the loss of one’s will to live because of a love lost, as well as the discovery of new love at an unexpected time.

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