The special committee of the Film Academy of the Philippines which will choose the official Philippine entry to the best foreign-language category of the Oscars next year has come up with a shortlist of eight films though it will still consider other films which will be shown in September.
Since the year 1996, a FAP special committee has been selecting the country’s annual entry to the Oscars. FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez announced that Director Peque Gallaga has replaced special committee chairman National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero who passed away recently.
The seven members of the special committee which Director Gallaga will join are the following: Actor/Director Robert Arevalo, FAP deputy director-general; Director Jose N. Carreon, secretary of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; Director William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association;
Manny Morfe, president of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; Jess Navarro, president of the United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines; Director Elwood Perez; and Actress-Directress Gina Alajar of the Actors’ Guild.
Oscar Award rules for the best foreign language film category stipulate that to qualify, the Philippine entry must have been commercially exhibited in the country for at least seven consecutive days during the period from October, 2012 to September, 2013. A Filipino must be in two of the three capacities as film producer, director or scriptwriter.
The special committee short list includes the following films:
CEB Rated A/Shown Dec. 5, 2012
Supremo is a Filipino epic drama movie starring Alfred Vargas as Andres Bonifacio film. It is directed by Richard V. Somes and produced by Alternative Vision Cinema and Strawdogs Studio Productions.
El Presidente (film)
CEB Rated A/ Shown Dec. 25, 2012
El Presidente is a biopic film based on the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic. The film stars Laguna Gov. Jeorge Estregan in the title role, with Cesar Montano, Christopher de Leon, Nora Aunor, and Cristine Reyes in supporting roles. It is directed and written by Mark Meily based on the memoirs of Gen. Aguinaldo. It is produced b Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and VIVA Films.
CED Rated A/Shown Dec. 25, 2012
The film is directed by Brillante Mendoza and stars Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco and Lovi Poe and produced by Center Stage Productions and was one of the 8 official entries to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Dance of the Steel Bars (2013)
CEB Rated A/Shown June 12/2013
The film is directed by Cesar Apolinario and Marnie Manicad and stars
Dingdong Dantes, Patrick Bergin, Ricky Davao and Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia as herself. The film was inspired by actual events in a Cebu prison where the group dancig of the inmates became viral in the internet worldwide.
CEB Rated A/ Shown August 14, 2013
The film is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and stars Vilma Santos as Loida Malabanan, a film extra who spends her days dreaming of her big break while working with the country’s best small screen actors. The film competed under the Directors Showcase sidebar of Cinemalaya 2013. It is produced by Cinemalaya, Quantum Films and Star Cinema.
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
CEB Rated B/ Oct. 17/2012
The film is directed by Erik Matti and stars Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe, Joey Marquez, Janice de Belen, Ramon Bautista and LJ Reyes. It was produced by Reality Entertainment, Mothership, Inc., Agosto Dos Pictures, Post Manila and distributed by GMA Films.
CEB Rated B/July 17, 2013
The film is directed by Veronica Velasco and stars Eugene Domingo, Enchong Dee, Leo Martinez, Jake Cuenca and Empress Schuck. It was produced by Skylight Films and Star Cinema.
Shown July 31, 2013
The film tells the story of a violin teacher and his student, a mute 7-year old abused child in a shelter, who develop a friendship stemming from their love of music. It was a directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. It was first exhibited during the 2008 Cinemalaya Indie Film Festival.
OTJ (On the Job)
Booked for showing August 28, 2013
The film is directed by Erik Matti and co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment and stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Michael de Mesa, Leo Martinez, Angel Aquino, Vivian Velez, Shaina Magdayao, William Martinez, Rayver Cruz and Empress. OTJ had its world premiere at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, one of the 21 feature films included in the Directors’ Fortnight line-up. In the film, Gerald is cast as an inmate working as a hitman or professional killer while Piolo portrays the NBI agent tasked to hunt him down.
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