May 16
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE 26TH LUNA AWARDS by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, May 16, 2008

It’s all systems go for the 26th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines with screenings for citers set on Wednesday and Friday next week (May 21 and 23). The awards night has been tentatively scheduled on
August 16, a Saturday.

DVD copies of 17 films—out of the 35 to be screened by the first tier of viewers, the academy citers—had been submitted to the FAP secretariat as of Friday, May 16.

Two films will be screened on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule set-up.

Showing next week are: Centerstage Productions’ Siquijor (Mystic Island) and Artiste Entertainment’s Ataul for Rent, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively on May 21; and Philippine Company of Performing Arts’ Batad: Sa Paang Palay and Unico Entertainment’s Blackout, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively on May 23.

Already submitted are the thirteen other films as follows:

–Seven films from Regal Entertainment Inc.: Hide & Seek (1 p.m., june 2); The Promise (1 p.m., June 6); Happy Hearts (1 p.m., June 11); Bahay Kubo (3 p.m., June 16); My Kuya’s Wedding (3 p.m., june 18); Desperadas (3 p.m., June 25: and Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 (1 p.m. June 27)

–Eddie Romero Foundation’s Faces of Love (3 p.m., May 26).

–Daven Productions’ Signos (1 p.m., May 26).

–GMA Films/Reality Productions’ Batanes (3 p.m., June 13).

–Imus Productions’ Resiklo (3 p.m., May 30).

–Maverick Film’s Katas ng Saudi (1 p.m., June 10).

–Comguild Productions’ Banal (1 p.m., May 30).

The following films to be reviewed by the academy citers are: Star Cinema’s Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo, You Got Me, Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, A Love Story, I’ve Fallen for You, Agent X-44, One More Chance and Paano Kita Iibigin? (co-rpdocued with Viva Films);

GMA Films’ Ouija (co-produced with Viva Films); Seiko Films’ Silip and Foster Child; Eagle Eye Films’ Angels; OctoArts and M-Zet Films’ Enteng Kabisote 4;
Gawad Kalinga’s Paraiso, Tatlong Kwento ng Pagasa; Sizzling Gambas’ Haw-Ang; Onabru Productions’ Ang Monay ni Mr. Shooli; Viva Films’ Ang Lalaki sa Parola; and MP Productions’ Anak ng Kumander.

FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez and Chairman Espiridion D. Laxa are set to sign a memorandum of agreement next week 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 annoucement 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 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 cartegories.

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.