An eight-man committee of the Film Academy of the Philippines will select the country’s entry to the best foreign language film category of the 82nd Oscar Awards scheduled next year.
Local films exhibited in theaters for at least seven consecutive days within the period of October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009 can vie for the distinction of representing the Philippines in this prestigious annual awards rites.
Academy statistics show that a total of 65 films were shown during this particular period. Thirty-seven of these films are mainstream films while 28 are digital films.
Fourteen films were rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines while another 14 were rated B.
The FAP Oscar committee is composed of the following; National Artist for Film Eddie Romero, senior adviser of the Academy and also the chairman of the selection committee; Actor/Director Robert Arevalo, FAP adviser; Director Jose Carreon of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI); Johnny Delgado of the Actors Workshop Foundation;
Director William Mayo of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association (PMPDA); Manny Morfe of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines (PDGP); Jess Navarro of the United Film Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (UFEG); and Director Elwood Perez, PMPDA.
The list of committee members had been forwarded before the August 3, 2009 deadline to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which conducts the Oscar Award.
The AMPAS sets a 5 p.m. deadline on October 1, 2009 for the submission of all entries to the best foreign language film category. On that date, it expects the submission of all film prints (with accurate English subtitles) and the following:
–Official Entry Form 1, completed and signed by the chairman of the selection committee.
–Official Entry Form 2, completed by the Selection Committee.
–Official Entry Form 3, completed by the selected film’s producer.
–English synopsis of the film.
–Cast and production credits.
–Advertisement of the film’s commercial theatrical run.
–Director’s biography and photograph.
The A-rated films which are expected to figure prominently in the committee’s review are the following:
Kulam of Regal Entertanment Inc.; Concerto of Solito Arts Production and Seiko Films; 100 of Martinez-Rivera Films (digital); Dayo of Cutting Edge Productions; Baler of Viva Films; Magkaibigan of Maverick Films; Jay of Star Cinema (digital); You Change My Life of Star Cinema; Ded Na si Lolo of APT Entertainment/DGPI; Agaton and Mindy of APT Entertainment/ DGPI; Kamoteng Kahoy of APT Entertainment/DGPI; Pitik Bulag of Leo Films (digital); Bente of APT Entertainment/DGPI; and The Last Viewing of Davis Entertainment (digital).
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