Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film lecturer, freelance writer, content and creative producer, creative consultant, and a former producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop (organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop and the first Active Vista film and media for human rights advocacy workshop.
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Director/Producer Cha Escala is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and editor from the Philippines. Her first feature-length film “Nick and Chai” has competed at international film festivals such as International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Busan International Film Festival, and New Caledonia Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. Cha has attended numerous film workshops and pitching fora such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Docsport Incheon, Tokyo Talents, AsiaDoc Documentary Scriptwriting Residency among many others. A film graduate of the University of the Philippines Fim Institute, her thesis film “Intoy’s Christmas” was awarded best production thesis in 2007.
Director/Producer Kristoffer “Tops” Brugada is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and professional lecturer from the Philippines. Kristoffer has over a decade of experience in Philippine broadcast industry and has led film productions that have won international awards such as the Peabody Award, the New York Festivals Gold and Silver Medals, and Japan Prize for TV. A film graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Kristoffer also writes narrative films, and he recently won Best Short Film at the 3rd Quisumbing Escandor Film Festival.
Lester is an Ilokano-Pangasinense and an adopted son of the Bontok Igorot community in Mountain Province, Central Cordillera. As a son of intersecting bloodlines from Philippine northern territories, he speaks three languages in the vernacular: Iloko, Pangasinan, and Bontok. This makes him a sought-after community organizer and regional arbitrator, in the national sphere of culture and the arts.
Alphie Velasco is film student from Asia Pacific Film Institute (Batch 19), born on August 12, 1994 and currently resides at Imus, Cavite Philippines. My fascination with films began when I was working as an auditor in a bpo company. I hated my previous work so I ditch most of my office hours just to watch movies . That’s when I fell in love with the art of cinema.
Daryll Jameson Apaga is a multimedia artist for film and advertising. He was born and raised in the small town of San Mateo, Isabela. He believes that cinema is a powerful tool to amplify the plight of the toiling masses. His film Retrospektib got recognition from local and international film festivals including a stint in ASEANale 2018.
Co-director, cinematographer, and editor MANUEL DOMES is a filmmaker from Germany, standing on a second leg in the Philippines. Before embarking fully on his second career as a documentary filmmaker in 2017, Manuel has worked on conflict transformation projects in Mindanao, Philippines for different international organizations. With the German NGO forumZFD, he produced a collective film platform that supported dialogue between Mindanao and the National Capital Region through films