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Film critic and aca­demic Joel David is this year’s Gawad Lingap Sining awardee at the 23rd an­nual Filipino In­ter­na­tional Cine Fes­ti­val in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia.

The film­fest, which is sched­uled to screen the year’s best new Filipino films at the Roxie The­ater in San Fran­cisco from Oc­to­ber 19 to 22, is or­ga­nized by Filipino Arts & Cin­ema, In­ter­na­tional (FACINE), a me­dia arts or­ga­ni­za­tion whose goal, as stated on its web­site,, is to “de­velop and pro­mote FilipinoAmer­i­can me­dia arts and ad­vance the in­ter­ests of cin­e­mas from the Philip­pines and the Filipino di­as­pora.”

The Gawad Lingap Sining award, ac­cord­ing to FACINE founder and cur­rent direc­tor Mauro Fe­ria Tum­bo­con Jr., is “given to an in­di­vid­ual, group, or­ga­ni­za­tion or com­pany who/which has built out­stand­ing work in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of Filipino cin­ema.” This year’s awardee, Prof. Joel David, will open the FACINE film­fest with a lec­ture en­ti­tled “Cold Word Wars: Philip­pine Film as a Crit­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity” at the City Col­lege of San Fran­cisco on Oc­to­ber 18.

The Korea-based film critic has had a decades­long ca­reer in many as­pects of the film in­dus­try. On his blog, (a play on the words am­a­teur­ish and he de­scribes him­self as “teacher, scholar, & gad­fly of film, me­dia, & cul­ture” who has “free­lanced as writer of ar­ti­cles and scripts, pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant and oc­ca­sional ‘at­mos­phere per­son’ for film and TV projects, book pub­lisher, ra­dio host, and now first-time blog­ger.”

Prof. Joel is also the co-au­thor, with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, of the up­com­ing SINE: The YES! List of 100 Films that Cel­e­brate Philip­pine Cin­ema, to be pub­lished by Sum­mit Me­dia, out in early 2017.

From the YES! team: Bravo, Sir Joel!

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