Barely weeks from now, the whole process of choosing the winners of the 2011 FAP Luna Awards will move into full throttle. It will still adhere to the awards system called the cite-nominate-vote process, which was first implemented in 2005. It is a mechanism wherein all eligible Filipino films produced within a year are given the opportunity to be viewed and reviewed by three groups of Academy members—the citers, the nominators and the voters.
These three groups will recognize outstanding achievements in 11 categories with the 12th category being for the year’s best picture. The categories are: direction, screenplay, cinematography, production design, editing, musical scoring, sound, and performances (sub-divided further into lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor and supporting actress).
Once again for this year, the citers will come up with their list of possible nominees in the various categories. The nominators (who qualify only if they had been winners or nominees in any film industry award) will come up with the final list of nominees. Nominators cannot be citers or voters too. The nominations will then be submitted to the final arbiters of the year’s awards—the voters, who will number at least 10 each for the eight category guilds and one non-category guild.
A short list of 15 films has been drawn up for preview by an Academy special committee from which the citers will draw up their citations for referral to th nominators. In the past years, citers had to watch double this number. The 15 films are:
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (CEB Rated A)
A 2011 Cinemalaya entry in the New Breed category, it is directed by Marlon Rivera from the screenplay of Chris Martinez and produced by Martinez Rivera Films, Quantum Films and Straight Shooters Media, Inc.
It stars Eugene Domingo, JM de Guzman and Kean Cipriano. The film follows a day of three film school graduates (Jocelyn, Rainier and Bingbong) as they go through pre-production activities that include a courtesy call to their lead actress played by Eugene Domingo as herself and their on-the-spot inspection of the Payatas dumpsite, their film’s major backdrop. (Shown August 3, 2011)
Forever and a Day (CEB Rated B)
Produced by Star Cinema and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring Sam Milby and KC Concepcion (Shown June 15, 2011)
Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Scenema Concept International and Viva Films, it is directed by Tikoy Aguiluz who demanded that his credit be deleted as director before the filmfest. It stars Laguna Gov. Jeorge “E.R.’ Estregan in the title role, as well as Carla Abellana, Philip Salvador, John Regala, Baron Geisler, Yul Servo, Amay Bisaya, Ronnie Lazaro, Dennis Padilla, Ketchup Eusebio, Ping Medina, Gerald Ejercito, Roi Vinzon, Joko Diaz, Archi Adamos and Roldan Aquino. This is another remake of the Asiong Salonga legend as the kingpin of Tondo in the early 1950s. (Shown on Dec. 25, 2011)
My House Husband (CEB Rated B)
Produced by OctoArts Films and directed by Jose Javier Reyes and starring Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo and Eugene Domingo (Shown Dec. 25, 2011)
My Neighbor’s Wife (CEB Rated B)
Produced by Regal Entertainment Inc. and directed by Jun Lana and starring Carla Abellana, Dennis Trillo, Lovi Poe and Jake Cuenca (Shown Sept. 14, 2011)
No Other Woman (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Star Cinema, it is directed by Ruel Bayani from the story and script of Keiko Aquino, Ricardo Fernando III and Kris G. Gazmen. It stars Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes, Tirso Cruz III, Carmi Martin and John Arcilla. The film unravels the story of a successful businessman whose perfect marriage with his young wife degenerates into a complicated love triangle when he plunges into an adulterous affair with his millionaire client’s daughter. (Shown on Sept. 28, 2011)
Panday 2(CEB Rted B)
Produced by Imus Prod./GMA Films and directed by Mac Alejandre and starring Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Lorna Tolentino, Alice Dixson, Philip Salvador and Eddie Garcia (Shown Dec. 25, 2011)
Presa (Not submitted to CEB for rating)
Produced by Astral Productions and directed by Adolf Alix Jr.
The Road (CEB Rated B)
Produced by GMA Films/OctoArts Films and directed by Yam Laranas and starring Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza and TJ Trinidad (Shown Nov. 30, 2011)
Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Ignatius Films for the 2011 Cinemalaya, it is directed by Alrin B. Yapan. It stars Paulino Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Jean Garcia. Weaving the essence of poetry and dance into the unlikely triangle among a poetess, her student and a male dance teacher with the student caught in the middle. The cast includes members of the FEU Dance Company and the Company of Dance Artists CODA). (Shown on October 26, 2011)
Segunda Mano (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Star Cinema, Agosto Dos Pictures and MJM Productions, it is directed by Joyce Bernal for the last Metro Manila Film Festival where it was the second top grossing film. It stars Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, Bangs Garcia, Jhong Hilario and Helen Gamboa. An intricate horror-suspense drama that draws a thin line between the living and the ghostly that finally delivers a jolting discovery at the climax. (Shown on Dec. 25, 2011)
Senior Year(CEB Rated A)
Produced by Digitank Studio and Metric Films, it is directed by Jerrold Tarog. Featuring real high school students who have no film acting experience, the story focuses on the experiences that come in the final year of high school life for students of a private Catholic high school in Manila. (Shown on March 9, 2011)
Thelma (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Star Cinema, it is directed by Paul Soriano from a script he has co-written with Froi Medina. It stars Maja Salvador in the lead role with Jason Abalos, Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla and Elma Muros as herself. The story revolves around a tomboyish lass from Ilocos Norte who discovers that her uncanny physical ability to run may be the only mans she can lift her family to a decent life. (Shown on Sept. 7, 2011)
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (CEB Rated B)
Produced by Studio 5 and directed by Jun Lana and starring Maricel Soriano, Gabby Concepcion, Carla Abellana, Jericho Rosales, Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff, Paulo Avelino, Ronaldo Valdez, Agot Isidro, Eula Caballero and Mary Grace Sibulco. (Shown Dec. 25, 2011)
Zombading:Patayin sa Shokot si Remington (CEB Rated A)
Produced by Origin 8 and Reality, it is directed by Jade Castro, starring Mart Escudero, Roderick Paulate, Lauren Young, Janice de Belen, John Regala with the guesting of Eugene Domingo and Marian Rivera. The film follows the slow metamorphosis of a young man into a gay because of a slighted fairy’s curse. A horror-comedy film, the climax unleashes gay zombies into the streets of Lucban as the now gay leading man tries to revert to his lost manhood. (Shown on August 1, 2011)
The different guilds are now finalizing their list of 10 citers. The citers will choose their citations from which the nominators will pick the five finalists in each of the 11 categories.
In the citers and nominators stage, guild members will be choosing for their particular categories. Thus, directors will choose the possible director nominees, scriptwriters will choose the possible scriptwriter nominees, and so forth down the line.
After the nominator made their final list of nominees, the voters will be previewing the nominated finalists but they will vote in all categories at this final stage.
Now…let the process resume.
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