Advocacy filmmaker and film educator Seymour Sanchez recently conducted a seminar-workshop on digital filmmaking and mentoring sessions for junior high school students and teachers at the Pangisdaan Hall, 4th Floor Navotas City Hall, in connection with the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival to be held on June 23.
Sanchez teaches cinema, scriptwriting and journalism at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Department of Communication. He is a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop and the first Brillante Mendoza directing class.
His short film “Caretaker” won second prize in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the Golden Philippine Eagle Festival Director’s Choice and Best Actor award for Rolando Inocencio at the third Singkuwento International Film Festival, Audience Choice prize at the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, among others. He also won the grand prize for “Hiwaga” in the screenplay category of the 59th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Sanchez discussed development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, and talked about scriptwriting, cinematography and lighting, production design, sound, music, editing and directing. His wife, Eloisa, imparted her knowledge in production management and producing films for Red Room Media Productions while FEU’s resident actor and short film editor Rowi Du shared some tips and advice in his fields of expertise.
The annual project, which is facilitated by PIO head Irish Cubillan, is open to all junior high school students from the city. Competing this year are Kaunlaran High School, La Naval Academy, Navotas National HS, Navotas National Science HS, San Jose Academy, San Rafael Technological and Vocational HS, San Roque National HS, Tangos National HS and Tanza National HS.
The film festival, which has tourism as its theme this year, serves as a platform for the city’s future filmmakers to develop and harness their craft and showcase their works, as well as a means to discover young and talented Navoteños for the city’s art scholarship program.