MELL T. NAVARRO BEAMS : The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) 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 (in alphabetical order): TIKOY AGUILUZ, MEL CHIONGLO, MARYO J. DELOS REYES, the tandem of PEQUE GALLAGA and LORE REYES, JOEL LAMANGAN, ELWOOD PEREZ, GIL PORTES, JOSE JAVIER REYES, CHITO ROÑO, and ROMY SUZARA – shall receive seed money of 1.5 million pesos 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. Not sure for PORTES for Quezon also, ROÑO for Samar, and JAVIER REYES 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, having them shoot on location in their respective provinces is seen as a boon to regional filmmaking and can serve as a springboard for the promotion of their locales 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 11-16, 2013 exclusively in all SM CINEMAS nationwide (with premiere nights a week before in SM MOA)!
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