“Patron ng Laging Saklolo”, a film by Far Eastern University faculty Seymour Barros Sanchez, was featured at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival held in the City of Montreal in Quebec, Canada from August 23 to September 3.
The film competed in the short category of the WFF’s Documentaries of the World Section.
Mr. Sanchez is a faculty of FEU Manila’s Department of Communication and also works in Red Room Media Productions as a director and writer.
“Patron ng Laging Saklolo” focuses on the parallelisms between elections and fiestas in the Philippies and the approach and mindset of Filipinos on these. In addition, it also tackles the influence of religion in local politics that was amplified by its role in the 1986 EDSA revolution.
Prof. Sanchez has produced several films that competed in Indonesia, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom. His short films Lababo (Kitchen Sink) and Hiwaga garnered awards from the Viva – Pinoy Box Office Digitales competition and 2009 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
According to the official website of the WFF, the goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.