Citers for the 29TH Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines will start previewing films on Friday, November 26.
With a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule of two films per day, the citers are expected to finish their previews by January 14 next year. There will be approximately 30 films to be previewed.
The second tier of previewers, the nominators, will have a timetable of January 20 to February 5 to evaluate the 10 or so films selected by the citers. As in previous years, peers will be judging peers, meaning director-citers or nominators will consider works of directors while scriptwriter-citers or nominators will pick the possible nominees for best screenplay for 2010. And so forth down the line of film artists and technicians.
The nominators will hand down the final lists of nominees in the 12 categories by February 19 and voters, who unlike the citers and nominators, will select the final winners in all categories, will view the nominated films from February 21 to March 18.
The tentative schedule for the 29th Luna Awards is April 4, 2011.
The Academy will resume giving out awards for distinguished achievements in local films after a two-year hiatus.
Due to financial problems brought about by the big slash in the Academy’s share in the annual Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines) amusement tax rebate, the 27th Luna awards (for films shown in 2008) and 28th Luna Awards (for films shown in 2009) were not staged.
Winners for the 27th Luna Awards were, however, already decided by the Academy voters but are still kept confidential with the FAP’s accounting agency. The winners will receive their trophies during the 29th Luna Awards staging in April, 2011.
The last awards held by the Academy was the 26th Luna Awards (for films shown in 2007) which was held at the Mandarin Oriental Suites of the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City on February 8, 2009 with the financial assistance of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The 29th Luna Awards will still follow the three-tier review by citers, nominators and voters. The citers will review the 30 or so films under consideration, mostly those rated A or B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the FDCP.
The FAP Secretariat is now in the process of confirming the availability of citers, nominators and voters. DVD copies of films to be considered are now being borrowed from producers.
The citers will most probably review the CEB-rated A or B films. From January to September this year, these are the films rated by the CEB:
Rated A—Sagrada Familia (Legalas Enterainment); The Red Shoes (Unitel Productions Inc.); Bakal Boys (Starca Films/Apogee Productions); Noy (Star Cinema/Cinemedia Film Productions); Emir (Viva Films/FDCP/CCP); Sa ‘Yo Lamang (Star Cinema); and Two Funerals (Teamwork Productions).
Rated B—Paano na Kaya? (Star Cinema); Miss You Like Crazy (Star Cinema); Babe, I Love You (Star Cinema); Working Girls (Viva Films/GMA Films/Unitel); You To Me Are Everything (Regal Entertainment/GMA Films); Here Comes the Bride (Star Cinema/OctoArts/Quantum); I’ll Be There (Star Cinema); Cinco (Star Cinema); Hating Kapatid (Viva Films); and In Your Eyes (Viva Films/GMA Films).
Film entries for the 36th Metropolitan Manila Film Festival will also be considered for the 29th Luna Awards.
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