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10 July 2018

Ready to capture science in action. Cinematographer Joshua Reyles (rightmost) gives hands-on camera and lighting experience to the participants of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition Workshop. 

More than one hundred students, teachers, filmmakers, and science professionals flocked to the Cinematheque Centre Manila last July 6, 2018 for the program launch and workshop of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.

Indie-Siyensya, the country’s first and only science filmmaking competition, is now open for submission of film concepts for short documentaries that capture science as it works to answer the needs of communities and the country. 

“We are encouraging students to create more science films,” says Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the competition’s main organizer. “DOST-SEI aims to promote a culture of science in the country and film is no doubt a powerful medium to achieve this,” Biyo adds. 

This year, Indie-Siyensya strengthens the competition and its workshop offering by partnering with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The free workshop is part of the competition’s series of activities and meant to arm interested participants with the skills needed to create credible and visually appealing science films.

UP Los Baños Development Communication Professor Garry Montemayor, a member of Indie-Siyensya’s board of judges, delivered a workshop on science communication, while 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge grand prize winner, Hillary Diane Andales, facilitated the segment on scientific content. Cinematographer Joshua Reyles engaged the participants with training on camera and lighting. Montemayor also joined fellow judges, UP Film Institute Director Patrick F. Campos and FEU and DLS-CSB Professor Seymour Sanchez, in a Q&A session on the contest mechanics.  

Indie-Siyensya is inviting all interested students, out-of-school youth, teachers, filmmakers, and science professionals to submit their film concepts until August 3, 2018. For approved concepts, deadline of submission of film entries is on October 15, 2018. 

For details and inquiries, visit Indiesiyensya-Facebook. (30)

Organizers, judges, and workshop facilitators of the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition Workshop (L-R) Prof. Garry Montemayor, Prof. Seymour Sanchez, DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño, FDCP CEO Mary Liza Diño, DOST-SEI Division Chief Dr. Ruby Cristobal, Ms. Hillary Diane Andales, UPFI Director Patrick F. Campos, and Mr. Neil Andoque.