In just a few days, the Philippines will officially celebrate and commemorate the heritage, meaning and legacy of Filipino cinema through the 1st Filipino Film Industry Month in September, a month-long annual observation mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte. by presidential proclamation n ° 1085. signed on February 3, 2021.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), as the agency responsible for observing the Philippine Film Industry Month, has organized many events and programs for the inaugural celebration under the theme “Ngayon ang Bagong SineMula!”
“Ngayon ang Bagong SineMula!” is a hopeful statement of survival of the Filipino Film Industry’s first-ever Month amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is about a fresh start, a chance to restart and rebuild a system that would be more inclusive and sustainable for all so that Filipino cinema can move forward with its legacy and legacy into a brighter and more prosperous future.
I offer you a recap of all our September activities in two parts, hoping you can participate in this meaningful celebration. Together, let’s proudly commemorate Filipino Film Industry Month!
September 1 – Filipino Film Industry Month opens. The hour-long virtual show to be broadcast on FDCP will be featured by the launch of the Nood Tayo Ng Sine campaign, with the release of an advertisement and a one-time free screening of the iWitness documentary “Palasyo ng Pelikula” on the FDCP Canal, and relaunch of the FDCP Cinémathèque Centers.
Announcements will be made on the International Film Industry Conference (IFIC), Project Selection for First Cut Lab Philippines (FCL PH) and Mit Out Sound’s #FutureSilentFilmmaker side event: International Silent Film Lab for student filmmakers .
From September 1 to 30 – Free screenings of heritage films. Film Heritage’s programming on the FDCP channel, organized by the FDCP Philippine Film Archive (PFA), presents films that have helped shape the country’s cinematographic heritage: “Brutal” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya; “Insiang” and “White Slavery” by national artist for cinema Lino Brocka; “Manila by Night” and “Pagdating sa Dulo” by national artist for cinema Ishmael Bernal; “Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo, Sino Lumikha ng Moon Buggy” and “Turumba” by national artist for the cinema and broadcasting arts Kidlat Tahimik; and “The Sex Warriors and the Samurai” by Nick Deocampo.
As part of PFA’s film restoration program, six titles have been fully restored while “Sex Warriors and the Samurai” by Deocampo and “Turumba” by Tahimik have been digitally enhanced in-house by the PFA.
September 1-12 – CSC Pamana ng Lingkod Bayani @ FDCP Channel. To honor and recognize public servants who risked their lives and were killed in the line of duty, the National Capital Region Public Service Commission and the FDCP teamed up for the fundraising event. “Online Zumba and Film Screening” for the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani program. For a fee of P 250, officials and their extended families can watch three feature films: “Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin” by Randolph Longjas and the restored versions of “Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa” and “Dekada ’70” by Chito S Roño.
Proceeds will go to the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani program which honors officials who have died in the line of duty. Filipino Olympians will also be invited to honor the Zumba event online. CSC channel Pamana ng Lingkod Bayani @ FDCP also celebrates the 121st anniversary of the Philippine civil service,
September 1 to 11 – 78th Venice International Film Festival. Erik Matti’s “On The Job: The Missing 8”, part of the HBO Asia Original series which will be released worldwide on HBO GO in September, will have its world premiere in Venice at the Venezia 78 competition.
Two projects are on the Venice Gap Financing Market: “Plan 75” by Chie Hayakawa, a Japan-France-Philippines co-production; and the Swiss-German co-production “Electric Child” by Simon Jaquemet, a recipient of the FDCP FilmPhilippines Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP) with local production company Epicmedia Productions, Inc. as one of its partners.
The FDCP events in Venice are the Philippine / On The Job Cocktails, FDCP / Philippines Production Table and Spot on Screens at Venice Production Bridge, and the roundtable “From the Philippines to the World: The On The Job Franchise and Exploring New Paths of global content distribution ”hosted by Venice Film Festival programmer Paolo Bertolin with“ On The Job ”director Matti, producer Dondon Monteverde and actor Dennis Trillo as panelists.
September 1 to October (to be confirmed) – CreatePHFilms online scriptwriting session. The 2nd CreatePHFilms Online Screenplay Consultations Session, organized by the FDCP in partnership with the French production and consulting company Tatino Films and directed by Matthieu Daras, is part of the CreatePHFilms Screenwriting Fund, a selective fund that can go up to P 100,000 which provides access to at least two FDCP-led sessions with international mentors on concept, creative questions and script development. World-class screenwriting consultants Ayman El Amir, Helen Beltrame-linné, Mmabatho Kau, and Aleksandra Świerk serve as mentors to the eight CreatePHFilms 2020 Cycle 1 screenwriting fellows.
The beneficiaries are Richard Legaspi (“Ang Alamat ng Gumamelang Bukid”), Danzen Katanyag (“Dead Boy”), Bor Ocampo (“Magiliw”), Sonny Calvento (“Mother Maybe”), Victor Villanueva (“Oyayi”), Wilfredo Manalang (“Silk ties”), Paolo Herras (“Strange Natives”) and Honee Alipio (“The Fighting Filipinos”).
CreatePHFilms is a funding program administered by the FDCP to encourage the creation of quality local films through financial support for development (script and project development), production (small and large budget), post-production and distribution of films.
September 2-7 – China International Trade in Services Exhibition (CIFTIS). As the world’s largest comprehensive trade in services exhibition, CIFTIS seeks to showcase the thriving China-ASEAN partnership in this year’s edition. FDCP, as the returning CIFTIS delegate, will participate in business matchmaking meetings, conferences and the exhibition that showcases the FilmPhilippines incentive program.
September 3, 11 and 18 – USB Storming with Kidlat: Usapang Bayani Forum. Unsung Sariling Bayani (USB) is a short film competition focused on lesser-known Filipino heroes. The goal is to balance the influence of foreign superheroes in the mindset of Filipino youth with a compelling engagement with the glorious stories of our own heroes. USB is directed by National Artist for the Cinema and Broadcasting Arts Kidlat Tahimik and presented by the FDCP in partnership with the National Five-Year Committee. The USB Breakout Sessions will be held on September 3 and 18, while the 2nd USB Forum with Kidlat Tahimik will take place on September 11.
September 4 to 5, 11 to 12, 18 to 19, 25 to 26 – Philippine International Comics Online Festival (PICOF). The 2nd PICOF, organized by Komiket in partnership with the FDCP, offers 24 webinars and workshops led by local and international speakers from 12 countries. Every weekend in September, attendees will be able to participate in book launches, experience comics from other cultures, meet and greet published creators, and learn about comic book reviews, literary agents, collaborations. comics, international publishers, and how far comics can go in other content platforms.
September 8 to 10 – Kre8tif! Summary in seconds. The 12th Kre8tif! Conference and Content Festival, recognized as the business networking platform for the digital content industry in Malaysia and across South East Asia, has organized a call for animation projects for the Kre8tif! Pitch lift through the FDCP.
The Elevator Pitch, designed for selected studios to present their original intellectual property (IP) to a panel of buyers within 5 minutes, will feature “Rage Radio” by Mark Lenard Mendoza, “Sitio Balete” by Karla Circe Consolacion and Mookie Tamara, “The Jerry Action Bonanza” by Manny Angeles and Avid Liongoren, “Solemn Vow” by Lawrence Panganiban, “OFW” by Keith Sicat, “Not Not the Hairless Kapre” by Ceazara Vidallo and “Miming and Friends” by Ramon del Prado and Meryll Yan.
September 12 – Philippine Film Industry Gala. To reiterate Filipino Film Industry Month on the birth day of Filipino Cinema (September 12, 1919 – the release of the first Filipino-produced and directed film “Dalagang Bukid” by Jose Nepomuceno), the FDCP will invite Filipino Film by invitation Industry Gala at the Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET) with strict adherence to safety and health protocols. The highlight of the gala is the screening of “Dalagang Ilocana” by Olive La Torre.
Before the gala, the launch of the book Ang Daigdig ng mga Api by Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo, Jr.; Alternative / Native Cinema: An Untold History of Philippine Alternative Cinema and Three-Volume Anthology of Essays on Filipino Cinema (Vol. 1 Filipino Cinema and History; Vol. 2 Filipino Cinema and Culture; and Vol. 3 Filipino Cinema and Literacy) by Nick Deocampo; and Keeping Memories: Cinema and Archiving in Asia-Pacific by the Association of Audiovisual Archives of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Seapavaa) will be held at 3 p.m. followed by the launch of the Elwood Perez retrospective at 4 p.m. .