A tribute to actor-writer-director-producer Manuel Conde will highlight this year’s Cinemalaya Film Congress on Wednesday, July 16 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The Film Congress—with the theme Spreading the News: The Promotion, Distribution and Exhibition of Independent Films– will be held on July 15 and 16 as a major event of the Fourth Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.
The tribute to Manuel Conde (1915-1985) will include the first public screening after so many decades of six classic Conde films, including Genghis Khan (1950), the first Filipino film to be invited to an international film festival, the 1952 Venice Film Festival. Director Conde made 40 films from 1940 to 1963.
The six films will be shown at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater) from July 17 to July 19. The schedule of screenings is as follows:
Thursday, July 17—Ibong Adarna (1955), 12:45 p.m.
Senorito (1953), 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18—Krus na Kawayan (1956), 12:45 p.m.
El Robo (1957), 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19—Verganza (1958), 12: 45 p.m.
Genghis Khan (1950), 3:30 p.m.
The tribute will also be highlighted by the launching of the book The Cinema of Manuel Conde by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson during the opening of the exhibit on Manuel Conde.
The Film Congress, meanwhile, will address the latest developments and issues in the independent film sector. The congreas intends to identify and evaluate different ways of promoting, distributing and exhibiting indie films here and abroad, as well as discover and propose innovative and inexpensive alternatives.
It also aims to assess the impact or effect of festivals and venues specifically on the “independence” of indie filmmakers and to create ways to develop new and wide audiences for indie films here and abroad.
Four panels of filmmakers, writers, critics and members of the academe and the film industry will tackle the following topics:
–Making Indie Film
–Art, Social Commitment and Compromise
–Promoting Indie Films
–Building Audiences for Indie Films
–Distributing Indie Films
–Systems: Legal and Illegal
–Exhibiting Indie Films
–From Cine Katipunan to Cannes