In view of numerous requests for the extension of the deadline for submission of entries to the Sine Panitik contest of the Film Academy of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez extended the deadline to Wednesday, August 22.
Martinez explained that the one-week extension is very feasible because of the four-day weekend from August 18 to 21. He said that entries may be sent during the vacation period through e-mail to: email@example.com. But hard copies must still be submitted on Wednesday when FAP resumes office.
At least 18 entries had been received by the FAP Sine Panitik secretariat before the August 15 deadline.
The screenplays must be adapted from 15 classic Filipino short stories (nine written in English and six in Tagalog), listed hereunder:
How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife by Manuel Arguilla
Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez
My Father Goes to Court by Carlos Bulosan
Children of the Ash-Covered Loam by NVM Gonzalez
The Mats by Francisco Arcellana
Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio C. Brillantes
Magnificence by Estrella Alfon
The Virgin by Kerima Polotan
A Wilderness of Sweets by Gilda Cordero-Fernando
Bangkang Papel ni Genoveva Edroza-Matute
Banyaga ni Liwayway A. Arceo
Sandaang Damit ni Fanny A. Garcia
Lugmok na ang Nayon ni Edgardo M. Reyes
Tata Selo ni Rogelio Sicat
Utos ng Hari ni Jun Cruz Reyes
The screenplay adaptation for each short story may have a running time of 30 to 40 minutes. The adapted screenplays will form a trilogy for the feature-length film.
Dialogues must be in Tagalog (which means translation of dialogues in the nine English short stories). Shooting direction may be in English or Tagalog.
Entrants may submit multiple entries.
Screenplays written by up to two people may be entered in the contest. Both writers’ names should be listed on the online entry. But indicate the writer who will be the primary contact first, and include the address, telephone, and email for that person only.
Contest entrants retain all rights to their screenplays. Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.
By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions you agree that you have read the General Rules of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay to the Sine Panitik Contest.
A three-man board of judges will choose the seven best screenplays adapted from seven different short stories. Each winning screenplay will receive P20,000.00 (subject to withholding taxes). The scriptwriters, however, will still receive talent fees as scriptwriters during the production of the Sine Panitik film trilogies.
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