Authors of the seven short stories which have been adapted into winning screenplays in the Sine Panitik Scriptwriting Contest will each be granted a P35,000 royalty before their works are translated into film.
Sine Panitik is a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Film Academy of the Philippines under a memorandum of agreement signed last July 5 to adapt into films the rich treasure trove of Filipino literary masterpieces.
The NCCA committed P460,000 in support for the scriptwriting portion of the project. On July 10, the NCCA already released to the Academy the first trance of its subsidy—a check in the amount of P138,000.
The first tranche was spent to provide the cash prizes for the seven winning screenplays which were given to the winners last October 9 and also took care of the honoraria of the three jurors and a coordinator of the contest.
Under the MOA, the NCCA will complete total subsidy of Sine Panitik in two other tranches—the second tranche of P276,000 and a last tranche of P46,000.
The second tranche will be used to pay for the royalties of the seven authors—three of whom are still alive.
The seven stories which were adapted into the winning screenplays were:
Magnificence by Estrella Alfon as adapted by Helen V. Lasquite
Faith, Love and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio Brillantes as adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap
Sandaang Damit ni Fanny Garcia as adapted by Therese Anne Cayaba
Bangkang Papel ni Genoveva Matute as adapted by Raynier C. Avecilla
The Virgin by Kerima Polotan as adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap
Utos ng Hari ni Jun Cruz Reyes as adapted by Antonio Pelon Jr.
Tata Selo ni Rogelio Sikat as adapted by Julie L. Po
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