The Film Academy of the Philippines has tentatively targeted a post-Holy Week preview by the academy’s citers in preparation for an early staging of the 27th Luna Awards.
The legion of citers will be reactivated to begin previewing the best of the 58 local films shown last year. A total of 29 films which were cited A or B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines are on the short list.
The citer-nominator-voter system of the Academy will enable the citers to come out with their own list of 10 possible nominees from the films they will be previewing. As usual, the citers will be judging their own peers, meaning scriptwriters will list what they deem will be the ten best for the year.
The ten best lists of the citers will be further pruned down to the five (or less) final nominees. The nominators will do this and will, again, judge their own peers.
From this final list, the voters will then decide who is the best for all categories.
The films rated A or B by the CEB are the following:
A rating—12 films (including three digital films)
Endo (UFO Pictures/digital); Pisay (Seiko Films/digital); Ploning (Panora-manila Films), which was our entry to the Oscar Awards’ Foreign Language Film Category this year; Caregiver (Star Cinema/Viva Films);
Urduja (Regal Entertainment Inc./APT Entertainment); A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films); Kulam (Regal Entertainment Inc.); Concerto (Solito Aureus Productions/Seiko Films); 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films/digital); and the three 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Dayo (Cutting Edge Productions); Baler (Viva Films) and Magkaibigan (Maverick Films).
B rating—17 films (including one digital film)
My Best Friend’s Girlfriend; My Big Love; When Love Begins; Ikaw Pa Rin; Serbis; Paupahan (digital); Dobol Trobol; Torotot; For the First Time; I.T.A.L.Y.; My Only You; One True Love; and the 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Shake, Rattle & Roll 10; Desperada 2; Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat; One Night Only; and Iskul Bukol.
The Academy secretariat is now drafting the schedule for the review of these films and other films which were not rated (possibly because they were not submitted to the CEB) but were nevertheless outstanding in some categories.
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