The Assistant Directors and Production Managers’ Guild of the Philippines is now preparing the shooting breakdown of the seven winning screenplays of the recent Sine Panitik contest.
This effectively sets in motion the pre-production requirements for the filming of two film trilogies that will translate into films Filipino short story masterpieces in both English and Tagalog.
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—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. The first trance of the subsidy amounting to P138,000 was spent to provide the cash prizes for the seven winning screenplays which were already given to the winners last October 9, as well as the honoraria of the three jurors and a coordinator of the contest.
Under the MOA, the second tranche amounting to P276,000 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
The FAP and the NCCA will coordinate with other government agencies specially to ensure that students will have access to view the Sine Panitik films, including the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which runs the annual Metro Manila Film Festival and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Another partner agency shall be tapped to provide the budget for the actual production of the literary works into films.
For a better understanding of Sine Panitik, let us reprint the Project Background portion of the Project Proposal the FAP submitted to the NCCA:
“In current film projects, little energy is given to the development of Filipino literature into visual materials that could augment the education of our students in our Filipino authors and our indigenous literary works.
Sine Panitik was conceived to answer this need. It is a film project that is intended to showcase published literary works by Filipino authors— alamat, children’s stories, poetry, short stories, novels, plays—literature that are being taught in our elementary, high school and college levels.
In this project, selected Filipino literary works will be interpreted visually in digital format as full-length feature and short films, by selected filmmakers.
The finished films will be shown in scheduled exhibitions in theatres in Metro Manila. Eventually, the materials will also be shown in other key cities in selected provinces with students as the primary targeted viewers at popular prices (P50). In areas without theatres, mobile exhibitions may also be arranged in coordination with local schools and organizations. Ultimately, the finished films will also be reproduced in DVDs to be distributed extensively at popular prices to schools, libraries, to educators, students, to embassies and consulates, and to the general public.”
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