Saturday July 21, 2018

Film enthusiasts urged to join filmmaking workshop

THE Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation, Inc. (MFTDFI) invited film enthusiasts to join in the 13th Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop that seeks to promote filmmaking industry in Mindanao as well as to help filmmakers in commercializing their films.

MFTDFI chairman and executive director Dax Cañedo said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao on Monday, September 25, that they have catered many aspiring filmmakers who have produced their own films and became successful in the industry after joining a filmmaking workshop.

They encourage students, professionals, and hobbyists to participate in the workshop to enhance their talents and skills.

During the workshop, several speakers who have succeeded in their filmmaking career were invited to impart their knowledge. Some of the speakers are Jarell Serencio, who won Best Short Film in 2012 for Cinemalaya Indipendent Film Festival and Best Director for his Short Film in 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival; and Charliebebs Gohetia 2015 Best Editing for Cinema One Original Film Festival and 2016 Mencao Honrosa in Rio Festival De Generoso and Sexualidad No Cinema.

Arnel Barbarona, who won the 2017 Best Musical Score, Best Cinematheque, Best Director, and Best Picture in Sinag Maynila Film Festival, is also a resource speaker.

The topics to be discussed are story development, screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording, directing, and editing.

The students will be equipped with additional knowledge on filmmaking and be able to develop their resourcefulness on how to create a film on a minimal budget, finding location, talents, and how to write a unique story.

Ca¤edo said some of the filmmakers, after passing an entry to a film festival, do not promote their films but rather let it idle without being commercialized despite its potential, thus, they would encourage filmmakers to commercially release it so that the public would be aware.

"That is why in our workshop, we have a part there such as marketing promotion and distribution. We dedicate one day for that to at least makalearn sila kung paano because that is the weakest na link sa mga filmmakers sa Philippines," he said.

Registration is ongoing until September 30. For inquiry, contact (0977) 485-3479 or email at

Workshops are set on October 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, and 28 and 29 at the Film Development Council of the Philippines Cinematheque, Davao City.