University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:19

FDCP, UPLB host film workshop for teachers

Film Symposium

Senior high school and college arts teachers in Southern Luzon came to UPLB to learn more about harnessing the potential of film in education. The faculty symposium, entitled “Planting seeds: The future of Philippine cinema” is an event of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) held in partnership with the Department of Humanities-College of Arts and Sciences.

According to Wilma I. Isleta, education and cultural engagements officer of FDCP, the film education program was a result of a dialogue with regional filmmakers who emphasized the importance of film education among the youth. She said that the symposium aims to review and update educators on the art and craft of film making, which will be eventually conveyed to the students. Isleta represented FDCP Chair Mary Liza B. Diño.

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, who spoke on behalf of UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., emphasized the importance of exploring other ways to effectively communicate with students and recognized film as a medium for education and self-expression.

The symposium featured seasoned resource speakers for the lectures. They are Carlo Gabriel Pangilinan, a lecturer at the UP Film institute; Seymour Barros Sanchez, a communication and film lecturer at the Far East University and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde; and Raymond Red, one of the pioneer figures of modern Filipino experimental cinema.

Pangilinan spoke on the topic “Understanding film through education” and reiterated the critical aspect of film that goes beyond its entertainment value while Seymour Sanchez facilitated a lecture about “Creating film synergy in the student body” and discussed the best approaches in engaging students when studying film. Red discussed the basics of filmmaking with the topic “Basic Tools: A crash course on filmmaking for educators.”

“Planting seeds” was held at the CAS Auditorium from May 29-30, 2018. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)