The Film Academy of the Philippines has formed a six-man committee which has been tasked to select the Philippine entry to the 2007 Oscar Awards’ best foreign film category.
During the board of governors meeting last Wedneday, June 28, 2006, the academy named Director Eddie Romero, National Artist for Film, as the committee chairman, with the following as members:
Director William Mayo, president of the Kapisanan ng mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP); Pablo Gomez, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines (SGP); Robert Arevalo, adviser of the Academy; Johnny Delgado, chairman of the Actors’ Workshop Foundation (AGF); and Director Jose N. Carreon, vice-president of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI).
To qualify as official entry, the films should have been or will be shown within the period October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. The official Philippine entry should be submitted to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on or before October 2, 2006.
A cursory review of the Filipino films shown from October, 2005 will yield a very short list of possible entry to the Oscar’s best foreign film category. These include several digital films and some entries in the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Likewise in 2006, there has been so far very few films that might make the grade.
The CEB has not given an A rating for a local film this year.
For the period October 2005 to June 2006, the following films got favorable CEB ratings:
Ilusyon (digital film), A; Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (digital dubbed to 35 mm), A; Ako Legal Wife, B; Mulawin the Movie, A; Exodus, B; Blue Moon, B; Don’t Give Up on Us, B; Close to You, B; Moments of Love, B; All About Love, B; Kapag Tumibok ang Puso (Not Once but Twice), B; and Pacquiao the Movie, B.
The committee will still wait for the forthcoming local films that will be booked from July to September this year. All will still be qualified as entry to the Oscar’s best foreign film category.
FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez said that he has assured the AMPAS that the Academy will be able to send the Philippine entry to the best foreign film category this year. Last year, the AMPAS official invitation was sent to the FAP but got lost in transition. There was, therefore, no Philippine entry to the Oscar’s best foreign film category in this year’s Oscar awards.