Jason Tan Liwag


About Jason Tan Liwag

Jason Tan Liwag is an openly gay scientist, actor, writer, and film programmer from the Philippines.

He began his journey into film criticism in 2020 through the mentorship of acclaimed film critic Richard Bolisay and screenwriter and National Artist Ricky Lee. He subsequently became the president of Cine Crítico Filipino — a young film critics collective dedicated to developing the great Filipino audience. Since then, his work has been featured in CNN Philippines Life, Rappler, MUBI Notebook, Little White Lies, and Young Star, among other publications.

In his brief years writing, Jason has participated in several prestigious film criticism workshops in Rotterdam, Udine, Yamagata, and Manila, and has been a jury member for several local and international film festivals. In 2022, he served as a selection committee member for QCinema, Gawad Alternatibo, and the Oscar-, BAFTA-, BIFA-, and European Film Award-qualifying Encounters Film Festival. The culmination of these efforts have enabled him to become the first FIPRESCI member from the Philippines and the first non-HFPA member voter of the Golden Globe Awards from the Philippines.

With his work, Jason aims to highlight non-dominant narratives in cinema, explore sociocultural trends that govern its accessibiliy, and discover emerging voices in filmmaking, particularly those in the Philippines. He specializes in Filipino cinema, queer cinema, and the short film format, and is particularly interested in work that exists in the intersections of religion, queerness, and grief.

In 2020, he was declared one of Attitude Magazine’s 101 LGBTQ Trailblazers Changing the World Today.

For more of his work, visit his portfolio and his Letterboxd.