Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos is encouraging local filmmakers to shoot their projects in Ilocos Norte, offering incentives to defray production expenses during a press conference in the last Sineng Pambansa Film Festival held in her province.
The lady governor stressed: While here, a production would incur transportation, accommodation and catering expenses, as well as rentals. Basta makakaya ng probinsiya, tatapatan namin.”
She added that the local government will also provide a one-stop location management service to help producers get licenses, to assist in marshalling events and to identify suitable locations.
Ilocos Norte was the location for the shooting of such Hollywood major films like Born on the Fourth of July and Mad Max, as well as local classics like the Panday series and Himala.
Gov. Marcos said her province have an ample number of old churches, ancestral houses, beaches and sand dunes.
She expressed the hope that “…Next time, Ilocos Norte will be featured as Ilocos Norte and not as a stand-in for Mexico, the Sahara desert, the Italian Riviera or a wind farm in Southern California.”
The press conference was attended by Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairman Briccio Santos, Film Academy of the Philippines Director-General Leo G. Martinez, as well as film directors Brillante Mendoza, Soxie Topacio and Martin Cabrera.
Santos said the FDCP will support the governor’s new policy and promised to make the province as a first priority as it will make it easier for production companies to shoot their films.
“We hope other provinces will be as vigorous and as creative in terms of promoting themselves,” he added.
FAP Director-General Martinez offered to help through the academy’s Film Gym, a program that aims to help teachers and members of non-government organizations to promote their advocacies through films.
Martinez clarified: “This Film Gym program is not hoping to discover award-wining directors, It is created for those who want to make films to help promote their profession. We call it advoca-cinema.”
The Sineng Pambansa Filmfest in Ilocos Norte was the seventh such event promoted by the FDCP and ran from Ocober 25 to 27. The filmfest coincided with the province-wide celebration of Semana ti Ar-Aria or Ghost Week.
Some of the classic local films shown during the three-day filmfest were Ibulong Mo sa Hangin by National Artist for Film Gerardo de Leon; Itim by Mike de Leon; Haplos by Butch Perez; Maligno by Celso Ad. Castillo; and Shake, Rattle & Roll 1 by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal, Peque Gallaga and Emmanuel Borlaza.
Other films included Villa Estrella by Rico Maria Ilarde; Pasiyam by Erik Matti; White House by Toppel Lee; Sigaw by Yam Laranas; Yanggaw by Richard Somes; 100 by Chris Martinez; Kinatay by Brillante Mendoza; Ded na si Lolo by Soxie Topacio; and Condo by Martin Cabrera.
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