KASAYSAYAN, a historical scriptwriting contest sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), drew a sizable number of entries—a total of 46—that may delay final judging for the three winners.
Initially, the FDCP imposed a May 20 deadline for the submission of entries with the announcement of winners slated on June 12, Independence Day.
The prizes are as follows: first prize—P350,000; second prize— P250,000; and third prize—P150,000.
In giving the rationale for the unique contest, FDCP Chairman Rolando Atienza explained: “We’re holding the historical scriptwriting contest to promote and support the development and growth of the Philippine film industry as a medium with which to uplift aesthetic, cultural and social values for a better understanding and appreciation of the Filipino identity.”
He added the FDCP is championing this endeavor for Filipinos to “share our history through scripts that may be produced into films as well.”
The FDCP chairman said the binding theme of the contest is historical non-fiction where contestants will embrace orthodox and unorthodox approaches in narrating our history. “The stories should be unique, not common, not popularly known,” he pointed out.
The FDCP notes that next year will be an important date in hallmarking important historical events. In 2011, National hero Jose Rizal will mark his 150th birth anniversary; the Philippines will also mark its 65t year of independence from America; and the People Power Revolution will hold its 25th or silver anniversary.
“The subject matters can delve on the unsung heroes of the Philippines or about the little known events that took place in the history of the country,” said Christine Dayrit, chairman of the FDCP’s Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) and project leader of the historical scriptwriting contest.
“If the participants choose to depict the lives of known heroes like Rizal and Bonifacio, they must present something new about those heroes that have not yet been discussed in the textbooks,” Atienza said.
The historical scriptwriting contest, Dayrit said, is open to Filipino and of Filipino descent writers, historians, film enthusiasts, overseas Filipino workers and Filipino expats. Contestants can be based in the Philippines or abroad.
“Again, the rule of thumb is simple – there should be historical accuracy,” Atienza emphasized.