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NICK DEOCAMPO is a multi-awarded filmmaker, film historian, film literacy advocate, and currently an Associate Professor at the U.P. Film Institute College of Mass Communication at U.P. Diliman.

He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1981. Under a Fulbright Scholarship Grant, Deocampo earned his Master of Arts degree in Cinema Studies at the New York University in 1989. He was also a French government scholar at the Atelier du Formacion Au Cinema Direct in Paris, where he received his Certificate in Film in 1982. He received another Fulbright grant as an international senior research fellow at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in 2001.

Deocampo authored and edited several books on cinema history. He is currently working on a five-volume history of Philippine cinema. Its first installment is Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines (Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2003), which won another National Book Award in 2003. The two subsequent volumes include: Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema (2011) and Eiga: Cinema in the Philippines during World War II (2016), both published by Anvil Publishing, Inc.

He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 1992. A year later, he was recognized in Japan as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. His contributions were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS), and a Lamberto Avellana Award from the Film Academy of the Philippines. His prizewinning film and video documentaries span more than thirty years, covering varied themes from life under the military dictatorship to film history and environment. His breakthrough film, Oliver (1983), is considered a classic in Philippine documentary. He is presently producing a ten-hour documentary series on the one-hundred year history of cinema in the Philippines, a series that already includes the colonial cycle in Philippine cinema, covering the Spanish, American and Japanese occupations.

DOCUMENTARIES: THE FILIPINO is a collection of documentaries directed by documentary students and filmmakers of the UP Film Institute of the University of the Philippines.


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