The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) released last Thursday, Nov. 22, the second tranche for Sine Panitik, a joint project of Film Academy of the Philippines and the commission, in the amount of P268,000.
The NCCA released an initial tranche of P138,000 to fund the scriptwriting contest which was conducted to choose seven scripts adapted from classic Filipino short stories in English and Pilipino.
Seven winning scripts had already been given half of their prizes last Octber 9 and the second tranche will cover the other half of their prizes which will be given at the NCCA offices on December 3.
Authors of the seven short stories which have been adapted into winning screenplays each be granted a P35,000 royalty before their works are translated into film.
Sine Panitik—a joint project covered by a memorandum of agreement signed last July 5—will 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. A third tranche of P54,000 will be forthcoming after the liquidation of the second tranche amount.
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
Your FEEDBACK can be posted at www.filmacademyphil.org/forum/