Facing logistics problems to stage its 27th Luna Awards, the Film Academy of the Philippines might rely on a smaller electoral college in choosing the best film achievements for 2008.
The Academy had relied on its share of the tax rebates from the annual Metropolitan Manila Film Festival to provide the expenses for the Luna Awards. This year, the FAP has only received P900,000 as its share of the MMFF rebate shares.
The Academy received P3.5 million for the 2001 film festival; P7 million for 2002; P9 million for 2003; P7.4 million for 2004; P1.325 million for 2005; P1.3 for 2006; P750,000 for 2007; and P900,000 for 2008.
The budget for the awards covers the honoraria for the voters and the rentals for the screening venue which was usually the UP Film Center.
Whereas a maximum of 30 voters are nominated by each guild every year, the Academy has decided to get five voters from the 10 participating guilds to review nineteen films which garnered nominations in 12 categories. Unlike the citers and nominators, voters will be deciding on all 12 categories of the awards.
The screening of the nominated films will also be held at the Academy offices at the OctoArts building on Panay avenue, Quezon City.
The guilds of the Academy are as follows: the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon, Inc. (Actors Guild of the Philippines, Inc.); the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association; the Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines; the Filipino Society of Cinematographers; the United Film Editors’ Guild of the Philippines;
The Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; the United Film Musical Directors Association of the Philippines; the Motion Picture Audio Society of the Philippines, Inc.; the Assistant Directors & Production Managers Association for Motion Pictures, Inc.; and the Organization of Specialized Filipino Filmmakers.
The final list of nominees was tabulated by the Academy’s official accounting firm, the Cedilla, Villarey & Associates.
Six films qualified for the best picture category which stipulates that films must have nominations in at least three categories (one of which is for direction or screenplay.
The list of final nominees is as follows:
PICTURE–Baler (Viva Films); Caregiver (Star Cinema); Magkaibigan (Maverick Films, Inc.); Ploning (Panoramanila Pictures Co.); Torotot (Viva Films); and A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films)
DIRECTION–Cathy Garcia-Molina (A Very Special Love/Star Cinema & Viva Films); Mark Meily (Baler/Viva Films); Jose Javier Reyes (Magkaibigan/ Maverick Films); Maryo J. de los Reyes (Torotot/Viva Films); and Chito S. Rono (Caregiver/Star Cinema)
SCREENPLAY–Jade Francis Castro, Michiko Yamamoto & Raymond Lee
(Endo/UFO Pictures); Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan (Ploning/ Panoramanila Pictures); Roy Iglesias (Baler/Viva Films); Chris Martinez (Caregiver/Star Cinema); and Paul Alexander Morales (Concerto /Digital Spirit Films)
LEAD ACTOR–John Lloyd Cruz for A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films); John Estrada for Caregiver (Star Cinema); Baron Geisler for Torotot (Viva Films); Christopher de Leon for Magkaibigan (Maverick Films); Aga Muhlach for When Love Begins (Star Cinema/Viva Films); and
Jericho Rosales for Baler (Viva Films)
LEAD ACTRESS—Ai-Ai de las Alas for Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat (Star Cinema);Sharon Cuneta for Caregiver (Star Cinema); Anne Curtis for Baler (Viva Films); Mylene Dizon for 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films); and
Judy Ann Santos for Ploning (Panoramanila Pictures).
SUPPORTING ACTOR—Ricky Davao for Endo (UFO Pictures);
Christopher de Leon for When Love Begins (Star Cinema/Viva Films); Makisig Morales for Caregiver (Star Cinema); Dante Rivero for A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films); and Philip Salvador for Baler (Viva Films) and for the First Time (Star Cinema); and Ronaldo Valdez for When Love Begins (Star Cinema/Viva Films).
SUPPORTING ACTRESS—Isa Calzado for One True Love (Regal Ent./GMA Films); Eugene Domingo for Ikaw Pa Rin (Viva Films); Maricel Laxa for Magkaibigan (Maverick Films); Candy Pangilinan for For the First Time (Star Cinema); and Tessie Tomas for 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films).
CINEMATOGRAPHY—Eli Balce (Caregiver/Star Cinema); Larry Manda (100/Martinez-Rivera Films); Lee Meily (Baler/Viva Films); Charlie S.
Peralta (Ploning/Panoramanila Pictures Co.); and Shayne Sarte (For the First Time/Star Cinema).
EDITING—Manet Dayrit (Caregiver/ Star Cinema); Marya Ignacio (A Very Special Love/Star Cinema & Viva Films) and (My Only You/Star Cinema);
Jess Navarro (Torotot/Viva Films); and Ike Veneracion (100/Martinez-Rivera Films).
PRODUCTION DESIGN—Nancy Arcega (A Very Special Love/Star Cinema & Viva Films); Raymond George Fernandez (Ploning/Panoramanila Pictures);
Benjamin Padero & Carlo Tabije (Serbis/Centerstage Productions); Aped Santos (Baler/Viva Films); and Gerry Santos (Concerto/Digital Spirit Films)
MUSICAL SCORING—Carmina Robles-Cuya (Caregiver); Von de Guzman (Kulam); Vincent de Jesus (Baler and I.T.A.L.Y.); and Jesse Lasaten (Ploning).
SOUND—Ditoy Aguila (Baler/Viva Films); Ronald de Asis (Magkaibigan/ Maverick Films); Albert Michael Idioma (Ploning/Panoramanila Pictures)
and (When Love Begins/Star Cinema & Viva Films); and Albert Michael Idioma & Addiss Tabong (One Night Only/ Canary Films).