MELL T. NAVARRO WRITES : The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) formally announces the staging of the “SINENG PAMBANSA (NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) 2013: ALL-MASTERS EDITION”. Twelve of our country’s master directors, each with accomplished body of work : TIKOY AGUILUZ, MEL CHIONGLO, MARYO J. DELOS REYES, PEQUE GALLAGA, JOEL LAMANGAN, ELWOOD PEREZ, GIL PORTES, JOSE JAVIER REYES, CARLOS SIGUION-REYNA, CHITO ROÑO, ROMY SUZARA, and JUN URBANO shall receive seed money from FDCP (under the Film Investment Program) to fund their respective feature films, utilizing their own material, to be set in their hometowns, such as: AGUILUZ – Davao; CHIONGLO – Quezon; DELOS REYES – Bohol; GALLAGA – Bacolod; LAMANGAN – Cavite; PEREZ – Pampanga; SUZARA – Nueva Ecija; URBANO – Bicol. Not sure for PORTES for Quezon also, ROÑO for Samar, and JAVIER REYES and SIGUION-REYNA for their hometowns. FDCP Chairman Briccio G. Santos states, with the Masters Edition, officials of the FDCP see this as a means to recognize the artistic contributions of these filmmakers, allowing them to create personal works, as they explore the possibilities of digital filmmaking. Moreover, shooting on location in their respective provinces is perceived as a boon to regional filmmaking and can serve as a springboard for the promotion of their locale as potential shooting locations and film development. SINENG PAMBANSA (NATIONAL CINEMA) is the FDCP’s flagship program, whose basic mission is to revitalize the Filipino film industry by encouraging and supporting the production high quality films, and by promoting the works of Filipino filmmakers to a wider public through national and international film festivals. The main theme is “Bringing the Filipino films to Filipinos”, with the aim of instilling pride in our culture and national identity by fostering growth and development of Philippine cinematic arts. These brand new films of SINENG PAMBANSA (NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) 2013: ALL-MASTERS EDITION will be shown from Sept 7-16, 2013 exclusively in all SM CINEMAS nationwide!
- Masters unite for National Film Archive (entertainment.inquirer.net)