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SM holds the Philippines’ 1st CINEXPO

The 1st CINEXPO held last Feb. 17 to 18, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center brought together movie industry companies, media partners, ad agencies, film professionals, and student organizations for the first ever cinema convention in the Philippines. The event opened the door to the discussion of the latest cinema trends and issues, networking and partnerships, and exhibition of films, various media products, and services. The CINEXPO featured the latest technological advances and the changingcurrents in cinema where film producers, production

Pinay at Pelikula: A Webinar on the Roles of Women in Shaping Philippine Cinema Through the Decades

Filmmaker in Focus (FFF) presents filmmaker/educator Sari Lluch Dalena and film executive/producer Madonna Tarrayo with special guest scriptwriter Ricky Lee This free and open-to-the-public webinar is an advocacy project spearheaded of my FLMKSAY (History of Philippine Cinema) class at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. https://youtu.be/S_4aBdq5cBk

Twist of Fate: A Webinar on Filmmakers with Different Career Paths Before Entering the Film Industry

Filmmaker in Focus (FFF) presents filmmakers Monster Jimenez, Jerrold Tarog, Dan Villegas, and Carl Chavez. This free and open-to-the-public webinar is an advocacy project spearheaded of my FLMKSAY (History of Philippine Cinema) class at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. https://youtu.be/cj0aP31eAxs Full video of the webinar https://youtu.be/cbOblIYavQs 19-minute edited version of the webinar https://youtu.be/ryyr0SbrZ-M 6-minute edited version of the webinar

Film Forum Invitation: ‘CinePHlix’ with screenings of ‘Anino’ and ‘Birdshot’

My BenildeFilm FLMART2 (Philippine Cinema) classes are inviting everyone to this term’s Filmmaker Focus in Forum (FFF), a free, public event featuring the Cannes Palme D’Or-winning short film “Anino” by Raymond Red and the first Filipino feature film in Netflix“Birdshot” by Mikhail Red at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA) Cinema on Apr. 3, 2018. Screenings at 1 p.m., forum follows at 3:30 p.m. This event entitled “CinePHlix,” features a Q&A with the filmmakers and

(Essay) Empowerment of Filipina Filmmakers Towards the Digital Revolution: From Silent Dominance to Breaking the Glass Ceiling?

An essay for my Media Theory class on the empowerment of Filipina filmmakers towards the Digital Revolution Digital filmmaking brought about a number of significant changes in both the artistic and business aspects of filmmaking. This coincides with the sustained increase in the number of Pinay filmmakers making their marks locally and internationally by the time of the digital revolution. In significantly making film production less expensive compared to producing films in celluloid, the digital revolution democratized the filmmaking process (Hernandez, 2014) –

(Response Paper) Finding Legitimacy on Film Criticism and the Value of Film Literacy

In response to: “On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos” by Patrick Campos, published at the Plaridel Journal A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class After watching over 3 hours, 40 minutes of productive discussion of the University of the Philippines Office of Research and Publication project entitled "On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos," it was interesting and eye-opening

(Response Paper) In Making Sense of This Particular Order: Film Reviewing – Film Criticism – Film Scholarship

In response to: The Manila Review article “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic” by Joel David A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Film scholar Joel David presented key issues hounding the arrested development of Pinoy film criticism in this 2015 article entitled “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic,” published by The Manila Review. Early on in the reading, he addressed the separation between film scholarship and production – raising the issue where “specialists suffered from serious lack in

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

I remember a press screening I attended, then film critic friend Philbert Ortiz-Dy made me realize one very interesting, one very important thing. It was a 360-degree turn on my impression of how women are in Philippine cinema and other media professions. Phil agreed on how gender equality should seriously be addressed in the U.S. Woman filmmakers and film workers, even the most famous actresses included, don't get equal treatment in Hollywood from opportunities to talent fees. Then, he told me that

Learning from the Success of the Korean Film Industry

A Filipino Filmmaker's Insight of the Korean Film Industry Having been initially immersed in the Korean film industry for six months through a film training program in Seoul in 2008 (which was eventually extended through another film training program), I should say that the Koreans' love for cinema is quite inspiring. Having attended the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN), and Jecheon International Music Film Festival (JIFF) during my stay in Korea, I was able to

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

It was the screening of the Korean film “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring” by Kim Ki-duk, I think it was Cinemanila, I couldn’t remember what year. After the screening, I saw Kidlat Tahimik and had the courage to approach him. I told him we met before during a screening of some women shorts in Katipunan where my film was programmed and I said I just would like to say hi to him. He said, maybe if I and my friends

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