Films adapted from literary works of Filipino authors will make up the entries in the mini-film festival of indie films that will precede or take place during this December’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival-Philippines.
The MMFF-P Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority approved during its meeting last Wednesday to showcase Pelikulang Pampanitikan as the indie filmfest event. The films will be based on literary classics of Filipino authors being taught in our elementary, high school and college levels.
The proposal was submitted to MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino by Director General Leo G. Martinez of the Film Academy of the Philippines last January 28. In his letter, Martinez emphasized that the “…indie festival will have an educational purpose, targeting the large population of students and educators in the metropolis as well as the general public.”
In the last Metro Filmfest, five films were exhibited in the pre-MMFFP indie festival. Prensa by Director Adolph Alix was adjudged the best indie film and received a P100,000 cash prize.
Pelikulang Pampanitikan has been in the FAP’s backburner for several years now. It is an education-directed project that hopes to generate better understanding of and a deeper appreciation for our Filipino literature and the minds that created them. It will give due recognition to Filipino authors and, at the same time, provide schools with a video library of literature materials for their students.
For the first venture of this kind, the FAP proposes the production of three feature length films with a running time of 80 to 100 minutes each, based on literary works included in high school and college curricula; and four short films with a running time of 10 to 15 minutes each, based on elementary level literary materials.
The Pelikulang Pampanitikan films will be exhibited in theaters with digital facilities that will be rented for the duration of the filmfest. The Department of Education will be requested to provide schools the viewing schedules so teachers and students can be organized to view the films as aid to Literature/English subjects and courses. Students will pay P50 or lower for admission tickets.
The project will be implemented by the FAP, the MMFF-P and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the organization of theater owners in Metro Manila.
The project will take the form of a film grant to be awarded by the organizers to individuals or groups of film workers with capabilities to interpret in digital format the literary works to be selected by the organizers.
The Execom has formed a three-man committee to oversee this project. It includes FAP’s Martinez, Director Mark Meily of DGPI and Marco Ng of the theater organizations.
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