The Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Film Academy of the Philippines, is now ready to accept entries for Cinemadali, a short film competition to be held as part of the National Arts Month celebration this coming February.
A project like Cinemadali has become feasible because new cinematographic equipment had made filmmaking accessible to almost everyone. In today’s fast paced-world, even films can be crafted in an instant. Cinemadali, however, underscores the truism that there are no short cuts even to short filmmaking and wielding a camera does not necessarily make anyone an instant filmmaker.
All entries for Cinemadali must be shot in and around the vicinity of Rizal Park or Luneta, with a running time of one to five minutes. The video medium can be the following: celluloid, analog, digital, hi-def or even phone-cam.
Any genre of fiction or documentary is welcome. Anyone who has a good story or something to say can now tell it through the medium of cinema.
The contest is open to all, especially to students enrolled in schools and colleges within the vicinity of Rizal Park.
Cash prizes and certificates await the top five winning entries. The first place winner will receive a total of P12,000 plus certificate; the second prize winner, P8,000 plus certificate; and consolation prizes of P3,000 pesos plus certificate each for the runners-up.
Deadline for submission of entries is on or before 5 o’clock p.m. on February 13, at the Cinemadali drop boxes, located at the NCCA building in Intramuros and the FAP Office on the ground floor of the Octoarts building on Panay Avenue, Q.C.. Entry forms and details are available for download at www.pinoyindie.com and www.fapweb.org. For inquiries, e-mail us at email@example.com.
Cinemadali is an integral part of Cinema Luneta, a novel and innovative system in viewing films, which is the centerpiece project of the cinema sector, to be jointly undertaken by the Cinema Committee of NCCA and the Film Academy in celebration of National Arts Month, with this year’s theme Ani ng Sining 2006. .
Cinema Luneta, a banner project of the NCCA’s Cinema Committee’s for the last three years, will have these other major components:
–Cinemagiting where a movie screen will be set up facing the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero. The film Bayaning Third World, directed by Mike De Leon in 2001, will be projected on this particular screen. As a surprise feature of the screening, Joel Torre (who plays Rizal in the film) will emerge through a gap on the screen as if by magic and in complete Rizal regalia, will interact with the audience.
–Cinemasilaw where a laser projection machine will be set up in the center of the park where the fountains are located. Various cinema-oriented visuals will then be projected all around the park utilizing trees, walls, buildings, even some monuments as screen. The effect will be like a series of flash animation movies circling around the park.
–Cinemalamig where large blocks of ice, rendered translucent with a special material or chemical, will be utilized as a sculpture-like multidimensional screen. Various footages of films will be projected on these large ice blocks to create a poetic, hallucinatory quality to the images as the ice melts.
Cinema Luneta hopes to bring to the masses the countless possibilities by which cinema can be explored, exploited and manipulated to serve the multifaceted expressions of man in his art.
The NCCA-FAP joint committee is composed of the following members: William Mayo (KDPP president), Tony Ramos (ADPM president) and Teddy Co, from the NCCA cinema committee; Zahn Garduce (OSFILM president); FAP Treasurer Manny Morfe and Edel Templonuevo, president and vice-president of PDGP; FAP secretary John Suarez (MPDAP vice-president); Joel Apuyan (ADPM vice-president); Nolet Clemente (STAMP board member); scriptwriter Joey Tam, one of the winners of this year’s FAP storyline contest; and Felix Bacolor, a scupltor.