Citers of the 26th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines will start previewing 35 films on May 19. Screenings will be held up to June 27 on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday basis.
The 26th Luna Awards is tentatively scheduled on August 16 this year, a Saturday. The selection of winners of the Luna Awards is a three-tier process where citers, then nominators and finally voters will be involved.
Citers from the various guilds will select the best 10 or 15 performances and technical works after a series of previews of films shown in 2007. Directors will draw up their list of outstanding directorial works last year. Scriptwriters will pick the outstanding scripts last year. And so on and so forth for the other categories.
The nominators—who were previous winners in their categories –will select the final five nominees (or less) which will then be forwarded to the voters for their final decision. Like the citers, nominators will only decide on their own categories.
The voters, however, will be selecting the final winners in all categories which will include Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Scriptwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Sound Engineer and Musical Scorer.
The 35 films vying for possible citing and nomination are the following (arranged chronologically according to date of theatrical exhibition):
Star Cinema’s Agent X-44; Regal Entertainment’s The Promise; Seiko Films’ Faces of Love; Star Cinema’s You Got Me; Centerstage Prod/Viva Films’ Siquijor (Mystic Island); Regal Entertainment’s Happy Hearts
Phili. Company of Performing Arts’ Batad: Sa Paang Palay; Onabru Prod.’s Ang Monay ni Mr. Shooli; Star Cinema’s Ang Cute ng ina Mo; Star Cinema/Viva Films’ Paano Kita Iibigin?; Seiko Films’ Silip;
Unico Entertainment’s Blackout; Eagle Eye/OctoArts Films’ Angels; Gawad Kalinga’s Paraiso, Tatlong Kuwento ng Pagasa; Viva Films/GMA Films’ Ouija;Sizzling Gambas’ Haw-Ang; Star Cinema’s A Love Story; Daven Productions’ Signos; Regal Entertainment’s My Kuya’s Wedding;
Seiko Films’ Foster Child; Viva Films’ Ang Lalaki sa Parola; Star Cinema’s I’ve Fallen for You; Regal Entertainment’s Hide & Seek; Artiste Entertainment’s Ataul for Rent; Star Cinema’s One More Chance; GMA Films/Reality Productions’ Batanes;
Imus Productions’ Resiklo; OctoArts Films’ Enteng Kabisote 4; Star Cinema’s Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo; Regal Entertainment’s Bahay Kubo; Regal Entertainment’s Shake, Rattle & Roll 9; Maverick Films’ Katas ng Saudi; Regal Entertainment’s Desperadas; Comguild Production’s Banal; and MP Productions’ Anak ng Kumander.
On May 15, FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez and Chairman Espiridion D. Laxa are set to sign a memorandum of agreement with Manio Events Management which will undertake the production and telecast of the awards night.
Manio Events Management will be the third production outfit since 2003 to produce the awards show after Albert Martinez’ Big Mango (2003 and 2004) and Harlene Bautista’s Eight Elephants (2005).
This early, the 26th awards night is envisioned as a blending of senior film personalities and today’s current hearthrobs and performers. The overall motiff will still be Filipiniana with a twist.
A timetable agreed upon by FAP and Manio Events Management set July 15 as the date for the announcement of the 26th Luna Awards nominees and August 2 as a Nominees Night where all nominees in 12 categories will receive their Lunettes—statuettes smaller than but replicas of the real trophy.
The announcement of the final nominees will be done via a press conference to be hooked live to primetime news programs.
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