The Film Academy of the Philippines has submitted to the Cinema Values Re-orientation Program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) an ambitious project that aims to build up a library of films based on literary Filipino masterpieces.
FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez formally submitted last Monday, April 10, to CVRP Chairman Eddie Romero, National Artist for Film, the project proposal for possible NCCA financing.
To provide a better grasp of the project, we are running several portions of the project proposal as submitted to the CVRP.
PELIKULANG PAMPANITIKAN: A LITERARY FILM LIBRARY FOR STUDENTS
Pelikulang Pampanitikan is a film project that will showcase published literary works by Filipino authors – alamat, children’s stories, poetry, short stories, novels, plays – literature that are being taught in our elementary, high-school and college levels. In this project, selected Filipino literary works will be interpreted visually in digital format as full-length feature and short films, by selected filmmakers who are also guild members affiliated with the Film Academy of the Philippines.
The finished films will be shown in scheduled exhibitions in theaters in Metro Manila and other key cities in selected provinces with students as the primary targeted viewers. In areas without theaters, mobile exhibitions may also be arranged in coordination with local schools and organizations. Ultimately, the finished films will also be reproduced in VCD to be distributed extensively at popular prices to schools, libraries, to educators, students, to embassies and consulates, and to the general public.
Pelikulang Pampanitikan 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. Through this project, we give due recognition to our own Filipino literature and their authors and writers, at the same time that we provide our schools with a video library of literature materials for the students.
The project is aimed to be a yearly film production and exhibition featuring selected Filipino literary works that are being taught in all three academic levels in both public and private schools in the country.
Called Pelikulang Pampanitikan: A Literary Film Library for Students, this project will be initiated by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the organization of theater owners in Greater Manila.
Basically the project will take the form of a film grant to be awarded by the Project Organizers to groups of film workers interested in interpreting in digital format literary works of their choice. The literary work shall have been chosen from a shortlist of titles collated and categorized by the Project Organizers from actual literature being used in the three educational levels – college, high school and elementary. At this point, the Project Organizers shall have also negotiated with the writers/authors of the work for their permissions to have their work made into film.
For this first venture, this project shall aim for 6 full-length films and 18 short films with the following corresponding grants:
Category Running Time Grant
6 Feature Films 80-100 minutes P2M per film
6 Short Films 10-15 minutes P500,000 per film
12 Short Films 3- 8 minutes P200,000 per film
To participate in the project, the filmmakers must submit to the Project Organizers for evaluation an initial script/proposed production schedule of a literary piece chosen from the short list, their entry of which will be processed by a Selection Committee. If selected, the filmmakers will be awarded the grant through a Memorandum of Agreement that will stipulate all the requirements, both technical and financial, in the production of the material.
For the duration of the shooting of the film, a Monitoring Officer assigned by the FAP shall keep track of the progress of the productions as against the filmmakers’ submitted scripts and schedules, at the same time that he is open to consultation and assistance in matters related to the production of the film.
As support to the project, two orientation workshops will be given by the Project Organizers for the participating filmmakers’ groups: a workshop to orient the writers on how to write adaptations particularly from literary materials to screen, and a workshop to orient the financial person in the group on fund liquidation procedures particularly for NCCA purposes.
The finished films will not compete but rather will be exhibited in regular theaters in Metro Manila and other key cities in the country in a year-long schedule to be arranged between the Project Organizers and the theater owners. 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. In areas where no theaters operate, mobile exhibitions may be schedule by the Project Organizers in coordination with the local schools or organizations.
The finished films will become the property of the Film Academy of the Philippines which will take responsibility in their exhibition and promotion. After the prescribed exhibition period, the films will be produced in VCD for sale to interested individuals and institutions.
In implementing the project, the Program Organizers will formulate revenue-earning measures that will allow FAP to earn funds that can be used in the next year’s project. These measures will include a percentage share in theater sales as well as income garnered from the sale of VCD copies.
The project time-frame is one year.
(Next week: Rules and regulations for participating filmmakers)