New MMFFP rules
The executive committee of the Metropolitan Manila Film Festival Philippines is in the process of finalizing new rules and regulations intended to ensure a more dynamic and effective income-generating festival for 2005.
Film Academy of the Philippines Chairman Atty. Espiridion D. Laxa said that MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando will announce the revised rules and rgulations in the presence of the film industry leaders and craftsmen who drafted the changes during a consultative assembly last April.
The MMDA chairman is confident and hopeful that the changes will result in a festiva;l that will have both quality and commercial films entries exhibited in the strongest playdate of the year.
The 2005 MMFFP will field a total of 10 entries. Seven of the entries will be chosen based on submitted screenplays while the remaining three will be chosen from finished prints submitted later, possibly in late November or early December.
The ten entries will be sub-divided into two groups, meaning three films will comprise a second batch to open on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2006, to provide a second wind to the festival. In 2004, the festival exhibited all eight entries simultaneously and there was a significant decline in attendance, compared with the festival years 2002 and 2003.
A major change is the scrapping of the limitation on the number of entries a producer can submit. Subscribing to the rationale that producers may make as many films as possible and still turn out good films, the execom justified the move as a form of encouragement to such well-meaning film producers.
The only limitation set by the new rules is the one-director-one-film proviso. This is intended to provide work and employment to a wider range of film industry workers.
STAMP officers in Las Vegas broadcast conference
In line with its ongoing educational and training program, the Academy sent two officers of the Sound Technicians Association for Motion Pictures (STAMP) to the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 18 to 23, 2005.
STAMP President Rolly Ruta and Vice-President Pacifico ‘Amang’ Sanchez, technical consultants of the FAP in film production facilities, represented the Academy during the NAB conference at the Las Vegas convention center.
The NAB conference is an annual convention of 90,000 professionals from more than 130 countries gathering to network, learn and examine electronic media innovations introduced worldwide. The convention housed under one roof some 1,400 exhibitors, literally transforming the NAB conference as a global marketplace catereing to professionals from every sectors specializing in television, radio, film, video, audio and multimedia technologies.
Ruta and Sanchez focussed their studies on modern principal photography and post production equipment and facilities, modern process, format and systems. They also met technical experts there who may be invited as resource persons for the FAP’s educational program’s workshops and seminars. The STAMP officers brought back with them hundreds of reference materials including video coverage of the conference. Ruta will write a more intensive report on the conference for the FAP website in a week or two.
1st MOWELFUND golf tournament
Swing for a Cause, the first Mowelfund Golf Cup tournament, will tee off at 8 a.m. tomorrow, May 12, at the Capitol Hills golf club in Quezon City.
A post-31st anniversary activity, the tournament is spearheaded by the MOWELFUND in partnership with Talkabout Marketing. Top actors and actresses, government officials and golf aficionados have been invited to participate.
Among those expected to play and vie for the 1st MOWELFUND Golf Cup are the First Gentleman, Atty. Mike Arroyo, Congressman Mikey Arroyo, Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Cong. Francis Escudero, Richard Gomez, Ogie Alcasid, Aga Muhlach, Charlene Gonzales, Beverly Vergel, Councilor Aiko Melendrez, Cesar Montano, Gary Lising, Vic Sotto, KBP Directors Rey Langit, Manny Luzon, Ricky Alegre and Deo Macalma, RPN Chairman Cerge Remonde, Cong. Ronaldo Zamora, HUDCC Vice Chairman Amado Bagatsing, Edgar Mortiz and Dingdong Dantes, as well as Rotary Club officials.
Proceeds from the project will partly fund the mobile clinic of the MOWELFUND welfare department—a vital part of the foundation’s outreach program. It hopes to minimize the high cost of hospitalization by encouraging preventive medicine.
Through the years, MOWELFUND has continuously extended assistance/benefits to its almost 4,000 members, comprised mostly by low-income movie workers of the local flim industry. This assistance comes in the form of hospitalization, medical, surgical, death and insurance benefits.
It is soon launching its low-cost housing project in cooperation with CREBA, HUDCC and Pag-Ibig.
KDPP film workshop in San Pablo City
The Kapisanan ng mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP) will conduct a film workshop for the youth of San Pablo City in Laguna.
The workshop, to be held on May 20-21, 27-28 and 31, is in line with the FAP’s outreach educational program.
The workshop will be free for some 100 participants, mostly students, amateurs and professionals, ranging in age from 18 above. It will focus on basic film and video production, direction, scriptwriting and acting.
San Pablo City Councilor Edgardo Adajar said that the workshop will greatly help the city pave the way to discover talents and future filmmakers.
The FAP will fund the honoraria of the speakers/rsource persons while all other expenses—transportation, accomodations, film equipment and other workshop paraphernalia—will be shouldered by the KDPP and the San Pablo city govrnment.
The following resource persons have already confirmed their participation in the workshop: Director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (resource person for film direction); Director Jose N. Carreon (scriptwriting); Director Joel Lamangan (film direction and film appreciation); Diretor Felix Dalay (film production); Actor and scriptwriter Johnny Delgado (acting); and Director and KDPP President William G. Mayo (introduction to and history of Filipino films).— Jose N. Carreon