The Film Academy of the Philippines will be selecting the Philippine entry to the best foreign language film category of the 80th Oscar Awards.
Eligible films must have been shown in a theatrical run of at least seven consecutive days during the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a letter dated June 14, 2007, set October 1 and October 12 deadlines for the submission of forms and prints, respectively.
The forms to be submitted on or before Monday, October 1, 2007 are the following:
Form 1 which will be completed and signed by the chairperson of the selection committee.
Form 2 which will be completed by the selection committee.
Form 3 which will be completed by the selected film’s producer, listing down the synopsis of the film, the cast and production credits, an advertisement of the film’s theatrical run, and a capsule biography and photograph of the director.
Prints of the selected film must be forwarded on or before October 12, 2007, according to Davis.
He emphasized that each country can submit only one film, preferably the most outstanding picture of the past year. He further stressed that the deadlines are absolute and cannot be extended since the Academy’s voting committee screenings will start in mid-October.
Last year, the FAP’s screening committee chose Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros as the country’s entry to the 79th Oscar Awards best foreign language film category. The film, however, did not make it to the semifinal phase of the selection to come up with five final nominees.
The screening committee is chaired by National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero. Members include Directors Jose Carreon and William Mayo, scriptwriter Pablo S. Gomez and actors Johnny Delgado and Jeorge E.R. Ejercito, actor’s guild president.