The Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines held a workshop on Film Criticism at the Film Academy of the Philippines office on the ground floor of OctoArts Building, Panay Avenue, Q.C. last September 5 and 6.
Planned as the first in a series of workshops to be held in different places, the two-day workshop was conducted by Professor John Iremil I. Teodoro of Mirriam College, who talked on the techniques in writing a film review, critiquing films and writing blogs about Filipino films.
Professor Teodoro, a writer, university professor and freelance journalist, is also a multi-awarded poet and playwright, one of the country’s leading pioneers in gay literature and the most published author in the Karay-a dialect to date.
Prof. John Iremil Teodoro
SGP President Isabel Sebullen said that SGP members must be aware of modern film criticism since they serve as citers, nominators or voters in the yearly Luna Awards of the FAP.
A total of 21 participants attended the workshop. Most participants are regular SGP members and from creative development groups of Star Cinema and Phylum Productions.
Participants of Film Criticism Workshop
The first day focused on Prof. Teodoro’s lecture and was capped by a screening of the film Ploning which the participants were assigned to write a film review on.
The final day saw the participants discussing and assessing the film reviews they have written for Ploning under the guidance of Prof. Teodoro. Certificates of attendance were later awarded to the participants.
The participants included Vic Dabao, Lita Duguran, Dante Aguilar, Paul Singh Cudail, Dhel B. Horrest, Carlito Conge, Rolando Perello and Mark Vita (GMA 7) – SGP members;
Roumella Nina Monge, Thomas Bryan Alejandria, Jane Michelle Eslabra, Mary Andrea Nadine Leoncio, Jesus Luis Antonio Santamaria, Kren Yap and Joyce Mendoza – Star Cinema;
Johanna Toh and Jennifer Romulo of Daigdig Pinoy; Jonison Fontanos and Paulino Umali of Phylum Productions; and Marlito Tampucao and JP Anthony Cuñada.
SGP President Isabel Sebullen awarding the certificate of appreciation and an art bottle courtesy of Vic Dabao to Prof. John Iremil Teodoro
The workshop’s main resource person, Prof. Teodoro, has the distinction of having received the Literature Grant of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Gawad Ka Amado in 1993 for his early attempts in Filipino poetry.
His first full-length play in Filipino, Ang Unang Ulan ng Mayo (The First Rain of May), won 2nd Place in the 1997 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
He also initiated the establishment of the San Agustin Writers Workshop with the intention of propagating the welfare of creative writing among young writers in Western Visayas.
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