Ded na si Lolo, the country’s entry to the foreign language film category for next year’s Oscar Awards, has been invited to the first International Film Festival Cinema Mundi to be held in Brno, Czech Republic in February next year.
Jiri Kralik, art director of Cinema Mundi, coursed the invitation through the Film Academy of the Philippines by email.
Kralik said explained Cinema Mundi aims to create a new type of film festivals which will present the best national movies of every year.
Cinema Mundi will thus feature movies which are nominated for the Oscar Awards by their particular national committees and are therefore considered to be the best and most important movies from the last year.
Kralik said the screening of the movie will be held as a cooperative effort with the embassy of each country in the Czech Republic. This should significantly contribute to visibility not only of the movie itself, but also of its creators and contemporary state of national cinematography, he added.
Kralik particularly sought help in acquiring the following:
- The print of the movie (preferably with English subtitles) in 35mm format or in HD quality (Blue Ray, HD CAM)
- Press kit + movie poster
- Dialogue list in English and DVD preview
- Contacting the director of the movie for invitation
- Recommendation of a short movie from your country which could accompany screening of your movie (it can be a short movie from the director, or some more recent animation or documentary short movie – max 20 minutes)
Art director Kralik can be contacted thru:
Ded na si Lolo, one of six films produced by APT Entertainment and the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) under its Sine Direk project, was chosen by a six-man committee of the Film Academy of the Philippines.
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); Director William Mayo of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association (PMPDA); Manny Morfe of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines (PDGP); and Director Elwood Perez, (PMPDA).
In the final voting, Ded na si Lolo won over In My Life with a 4-1 vote. The committee chairman could only vote in case of a tie in the voting.
Lola, a film by Cannes best director winner Dante Mendoza which was the country’s entry in the recent Venice Film Festival, and Jay (a Cinemalaya project) composed the final four that the committee trimmed down from its short list of 13 films
The main cast of Ded na si Lolo includes Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Manilyn Reynes, Dick Israel, Roderick Paulate, Perla Bautista and BJ Forbes.
The production staff is composed of the following: Director-Writer Soxie Topacio; Cinematographer Journaline Payonan; Editor Danny Anonuevo; Production Designer Edel Templo-nuevo; Costume Designer Luming Medrano; Music Composer Noel Cabangon; and Sound Mixer Joey Santos.
The nine other films considered by the committee were: Pitik Bulag (ALV Entertainment); The Last Viewing (Davis Entertainment); Kamoteng Kahoy (APT Entertainment); Concerto (Solito Arts Productions and Seiko Films); Baler (Viva Films); Bente (APT Enterainment); 100 Martinez-Rivera Films); Manila (MJM Productions and Bicycle Pictures); and Adela (Bicycle Pictures).
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