Christopher Gozum

About the Speaker

 

Christopher GOZUM (1976, Phillipines) studied Film at the University of the Philippines and he graduated from the Asian Film Academy in South Korea in 2006. In 2007, Gozum founded the independent film company Sine Caboloan, that is committed to producing films about the Pangasinan province in the Phillipines. He is now based in his hometown of Bayambang.

 

He is a diasporic Filipino filmmaker who worked as a medical videographer and video editor in the Middle East.He l ived and worked in Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2015.

 

Christopher studied B.A.Film and M.A.Theater Arts in the University of the Philippines. He is an alumni of the 2006 Asian Film Academy (AFA) fellowship program in Pusan, South Korea. Christopher received the prestigious Palanca Awards for Literature for his two full-length plays in 2001 and 2002.

 

Christopher’s independent films have won major awards and received citations in the Philippines including the Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for Alternative Film and Video (2005), as well as the Digital Lokal Best Short Film (2007), the Ishmael Bernal Award for Most Outstanding Young Filipino Filmmaker (2008), the Digital Lokal Lino Brocka Grand Prize (2009) and the Best Director Award (2009), all in the Cinemanila International Film Festival. Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun) which he produced and directed, is the first feature film in the Pangasinan language.

 

Christopher’s digital films have been screened at international film festivals and new media art platforms in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, India, Australia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, the U.S., and the Internet.

 

In 2007, Christopher founded his independent film company Sine Caboloan committed to producing cutting edge films about the Pangasinan province and its’ people in the homeland and in the diaspora. He passionately advocates for the preservation and promotion of the indigenous language in the province – Pangasinan. Christopher also has a growing interest on Filipino diaspora in the Middle East.