QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Twenty-six high school and college students across the Philippines make up the inaugural fellows of Pelikolektibo, UP Cinema’s pioneer alternative film school.
These students came from different provinces of Luzon and Visayas. Twenty students are participating in the Paghuhulma: Hubog, the individual section of the program; two students take part in the Paghuhulma: Binhi, the development program in the workshop; and four proposals made it to the critics’ section, Pagpupunla.
A film concept that navigates the investigation of a policeman revealing an unwanted past makes it to the Binhi section. This is an in-development animation titled “Tu Fui Ego Eris” by two student filmmakers from Makati Science High School which was granted five consultation sessions with the mentors aside from the common seven sessions. They will also receive a seed development grant worth Php 10,000.
Twenty individuals will join them as part of the Hubog section namely Joyce Roi C. Abad (NCR), Marie Bea Portillano Galam (NCR), James Andrei L. Raguindin (CALABARZON), Alida Moberg (NCR), Brad Khent N. Cacho (Region I), Rc Matthew R. Grospe (Region I), Francine Johanna Cantor Nieto (Region III), Eva Cerise Z. Lopez (Region VI), J Bell Antonette B. Orain (NCR), Elisha Viene Abarientos (NCR), Ilisha Agatha Dela Cruz (CAR), Godfrey Dewayne Velasco (NCR), Dawn Cristin R. Bito (Region I), Denmark Mendez Dela Cruz (Region I), Denmark Mendez Dela Cruz (Region I), John Michael L. Campos (Region I), Johnrayver Espelita Catubay (Region I), Matt Brye C. Campos (Region I), Julia Dominique V. Abacan (NCR), and Alexander Joseph S. De Leon (Region III).
Four critics of different mediums have their proposals accepted in the Pagpupunla section. Ryan Oquiza (NCR) submits a website proposal that aims to empower new and upcoming film critics. Eunice Helera (CALABARZON) comes off with a hybrid proposal that will serve as an avenue for critics and scholars across Asia that aims to empower the minority regions and unknown areas. Video essayist student critic Lorenz Sy (Region III) plans to set up a YouTube channel as his personal platform to publish reviews, recommendations, and analyses. Lastly, Iseeya Patingo (NCR) dreams of establishing a multiplatform and hybrid avenue for young student critics that can help them develop their love for cinema.
All these promising individuals will undergo intensive workshops and mentoring sessions by industry professionals. The mentors for the Paghuhulma section are the following: Dodo Dayao (Screenwriting), John Torres (Directing), Marxie Maolen Fadul (Production Design), Martika Ramirez Escobar (Cinematography), Gale Osorio (Producing), Mikko Quizon (Sound Design), and Carlo Francisco Manatad (Post-production).
Four well-known critics who will be teaching Pagpupunla students are the following: Richard Bolisay (Writing Criticisms), Philbert Dy (The Video Format), Andrea Panaligan (Women in Criticism), and Tristan Zinampan (Podcast and Criticism).
Pelikolektibo 2022 runs for eight weeks from February to April via Zoom. It is part of Piling Obrang Vidyo, UP Cinema’s annual student film festival, which is now in its 18th year. POV XVIII invites the public to join the festival’s Discord Server to get direct updates and interact with the film community.
UP Cinema is a student film organization based in the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines Diliman that promotes progressive and alternative cinematic practices in various film disciplines such as filmmaking, film appreciation, and film criticism.
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