The Film Academy of the Philippines has come up with a list of 26 films from where it will select the Philippine entry to the best foreign language film category of the 80th Oscar Awards scheduled next year.
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.
Films which will be shown in July, August and September, 2007 will still be eligible for selection.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which hands out the Oscar awards has imposed October 1 and October 12 deadlines for the submission of forms and prints of the entries for the best foreign language film category.
The forms to be submitted on or before October 1, 2007 are the following: a nomination form duly completed and signed by the chairperson of the selection committee; another form to be signed by each member of the selection committee; and a form to 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. Undere the AMPAS rules, each country can submit only one film, preferably the most outstanding picture of the past year.
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.
The list of films under consideration includes 26 films, six of which are digital movies. All were rated A or B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Nine films received the A rating while 17 films got the B rating.
The A-rated films were: TXT, Ang Pamana, Donsol, Inang Yaya, Ligalig, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Kasal Kasali Kasalo, Batad: Sa Paang Palay and Faces of Love.
The B-rated films included: Till I Met You, Kaleldo, Barcelona, Shake Rattle & Roll 8, Super Noypi, Agent X-44, The Promise, You Got Me, Siquijoy (Mystic Island), Happy Hearts, Ang M.O.N.A.Y. ni Mr. Shooli, Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, Paano Kita Iibigin?, Silip, Blackout, Angels and Paraiso.