Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film lecturer, freelance writer, 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, first Brillante Mendoza directing class and Active Vista film and media for human rights advocacy workshop.
Sanchez used to produce the weekend news programs for CNN Philippines. He also served as a news producer for the Solar News Channel’s Solar Newsday and Solar Daybreak. Prior to CNN Philippines and Solar News, he worked as segment producer for TV5’s investigative program USI: Under Special Investigation, segment producer for TV5’s news satire The WeakEnd News, and competition officer for ABC 5’s Dokyu: Ang Bagong Mata ng Pinoy Documentaries.
As a director/producer, his first short film Lababo (Kitchen Sink) won the grand prize in the 2007 Viva – Pinoy Box Office (PBO) Digitales. It also competed in Bilbao, Spain and in Athens, Greece. In addition, it was exhibited in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Bangkok, Thailand. His second short film Pagbugtaw (Waking Up) was shown on ABC 5 and Robinson’s Galleria Indie Sine, along with the works of Kidlat Tahimik and 14 other independent filmmakers, as part of the Guimaras: Short Films from the Oil Spill. It won second prize in the First Pambujan Pelikula Para sa Publiko (PPPP) National Short Film Festival and Competition.
His first documentary Sinulog for Beginners won second place at the 2006 Sinulog Video Documentary Competition. His third short film Shorts placed third in the Viva-PBO Digitales 2. His “mockumentary” Patron ng Laging Saklolo (Patronage Politics) competed at the Montreal Film Festival in Canada and the International Film Festival of Patras City in Greece and was also part of a special program at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland.
His short film Caretaker won second prize in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt as well as the Golden Philippine Eagle award and Best Actor for Rolando Inocencio at the third Singkuwento International Film Festival in Manila. It also bagged the Audience Choice Award in the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. He was given the Film Ambassador Award by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for his creativity and the global achievement of his film. He also received the Maningning Outstanding Direction for the same film in the CineSB Film Festival: Special Edition.
His first script for a full-length film Handumanan (Remembrance) was selected to the 3rd Produire au Sud Film Workshop during the 6th World Film Festival of Bangkok. The film had its international premiere at the 7th WFF Bangkok and was also screened at the Filipino International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California and the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, where it competed for the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Prize. His second full-length screenplay Hiwaga (Mystery), co-written with Christian Lacuesta, won the grand prize in the 59th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.