The new Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
earmarked P5 million for grants intended for the development of regional films as it buckled down to work to begin a three-year term.
In a two-day meeting held at the Garden Hotel in Vito Cruz, the committee, now headed by Director William G. Mayo, allotted budgets intended for its Cinema in the Regions program, Cinema Rehiyon 7 and the usual competitive grants.
Chairman Mayo said that the committee allotted P1.5 million to hold filmfests in 10 regions throughout the country. A budget of P150,000 each will be made available for these filmfests. He added that an additional P50,000 will be provided to take care of the expenses for plaques and trophies, honoraria for jurors and a top prize of P10,000 for the film that best adheres to the nationhood and pride campaign thrust of the NCCA.
Mayo said that the production of the films to be submitted for the filmfests will be undertaken by filmmakers in their particular regions.
Regarding competitive grants, he said that the following were approved by the committee during the same two-day meeting:
–P200,000 post-production competitive grant each for four film projects
–P50,000 competitive grant each for script development of 4 film projects
–P150,000 competitive grant each for 2 filmmaking technical workshops
–P150,000 competitive grant each for 2 film audience development workshops
The committee has allotted a P2 million budget for Cinema Rehiyon 7 which will be held in February next year in Cebu to coincide with the nationwide cele-bration of Arts Month. Last February 18 to 22, Cinema Rehiyon 6 was held in Cagayan de Oro.
The other members of the new Cinema Committee include Teddy Co, vice-chairman; Monchito Nocon, Maria Victoria Beltran, Archi Adamos, Ramon Ramos and Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.
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