A comprehensive overview of what is needed to conceptualize and develop stories for film

Benito Bautista is an award-winning independent Filipino filmmaker based in San Diego, California. His passion is to tell underrepresented global stories through the medium of film. Benito believes in the power of cinema to entertain, inspire and incubate creative and critical thinking, and instill pride of heritage.

Pablo Picasso once said, “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” Filipinos are no stranger to this idea. From childhood, we are taught to place supreme value on professions like law, medicine, engineering, accountancy, and the like, while choosing a degree in the arts and humanities is met with disappointed sighs at best. Success and survival are equated with stability and security, while creativity is deemed an accessory. Coming from a long line of health care professionals and finance practitioners, Benito was much like many of us, torn between following tradition and following his true passion. Instead of silencing his spirit, he heeded his calling and found his purpose. Now he yearns to help you find yours. In this class, acclaimed filmmaker and storyteller Benito Bautista will guide young creatives, aspiring artists, and all kinds of curious thinkers to find their footing in the world of art and filmmaking in hopes of cultivating a generation that recognizes, confers, and safeguards value due art.

Los Angeles, CA Time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
September 20, 2020


Film Making 101 by Benito $5.99 (09/20)


Benito has written, directed, and produced award-winning and internationally acclaimed feature and short films in both narrative and documentary forms. (Source: San Diego Film Cinema) SDFC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that highlights the stories and films of global Filipino filmmakers and it is dedicated to the discovery and nurturing of emerging filmmakers in San Diego.