A special committee of the Film Academy of the Philippines, headed by National Artist for Film Eddie Romero, will once more select the Philippine film entry to the 2009 Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film category.
The entry—to be chosen from films which were or will be theatrically shown for one week within the period October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008—will vie against foreign language films from all over the world.
In a letter dated June 18, 2008, Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), sent the invitation to the Academy and listed the various deadlines to be followed.
The schedules are the following:
–August 4, 2008 (Monday)—a list of the selection committee members must be submitted to the Academy no late than 5 p.m.
–October 1, 2008 (Wednesday)—a) three official entry forms completed and signed by 1) the chairperson of the selection committee; 2) the selection committee; and 3) the selected film’s producer. b) Synopsis in English of the selected entry. c) Cast and production credits of entry. d) Advertisement of the film’s commercial run. e) Director’s biography and photograph. f) Film print of entry.
The special rules for the best foreign language film award category require accurate English subtitles of the entry. The rules further stipulate that only one picture will be accepted from each country.
Entries which will be nominated on January 22, 2009 will be required to provide a second-English-language subtitled print of the film to facilitate voting screenings. This second print must be submitted to the AMPAS on January 23, 2009 (Friday).
All entries will be screened by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s) whose members will vote by secret ballot to nominate five foreign language motion pictures for this award.
Academy records showed that 17 local films were shown in theaters from October to December last year. During the period from January to July 2, 2008,another 17 local films were also exhibited. Eight of these 34 films were rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and 11 were rated B.
The FAP selection committee is composed of Director Romero; Director Jose Carreon, secretary of the Directors ‘ Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; Director William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association;Pablo S. Gomez, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines; and Manny Morfe, president of the Productions Designers Guild of the Philippines.
A short list of five films has been drawn up with the following films in possible contention: Caregiver, Ploning, Serbis (the country’s entry to the last Cannes Film Festival), Endo (digital) and Urduja (animated feature).
The selection committee will be screening these and, possibly, other films starting next week.
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