September is marked with so many notable happenings. It’s Philippine Film Industry month, an annual month-long observation mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte. And FDCP (Philippine Development Council of the Philippines), headed by its very active Chair, Liza Diño-Seguerra and her staff who are turning their hands on and get down to celebrate and commemorate the heritage, significance, and legacy of Philippine Cinema simultaneously.
The office of Chair Liza (The FDCP) as the pilot agency in observing Philippine Film Industry month, has prepared a wide selection of happenings and programs for the inaugural commemoration with the theme “Ngayon ang Bagong SineMula!”
The observance will be done online via social media pages of FDCP for the Opening and Closing events because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Screenings will be exclusively presented on the FDCP Channel virtual program, (fdcpchannel.ph)
The opening of Philippine Film Industry month today, 1st of September, will streaming via FDCO Facebook pages and You Tube channel, spotlighting the inauguration of Nood Tayo Ng Sine Campaign and some key points from the International Film Industry Conference (IFIC), First Cut Lab Philippines (FCL PH), FDCP FilmPhilippines Incentive Program, and Mit Out Sound: International Silent Film Lab.
Returning to the FDCP Channel is it’s flagship program, the 5th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP),commencing with free screenings from the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition and Sine Isla : LuzViMinda Short Film Competition from September 17 to 26.
FDCP Channel will also telecast for free eight heritage films restored and enhanced by the FDCP Philippine Film Archive such as “Insiang” by National Artist Ishmael Bernal for the whole month of September, and films in the special Elwood Perez Retrospective from September 25 to 30.
Notable films such as “ Ang Turkey Ay Pabo Rin” by Randolph Longias and the restored versions of “ Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa” and “Dekada ‘70” by Chito Roño, will be available for rental for Pamana ng Lingkod Bayani @ FDCP Channel from September 1 to 12, a partnership between the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and FDCP to celebrate the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.
Only in-person event of the whole celebration is the Philippine Film Industry Gala at The Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET) happening on September 12, featuring by-invitation and exclusive screening of “Dalagang Ilocana” by Olive La Torre, as kick-off of the Elwood Perez Retrospective, and launching of the book “Ang Daigdig Ng Mga Api” by Clodualdo “Doy” Del Mundo, Jr. “Alter/native Cinema: The Un-Chronicled History of Philippine Alternative Cinema” and “Three-Volume Anthology of Essays on Philippine Cinema ( Vol.1 Philippine Cinema and History; Vol. 2 Philippine Cinema and Culture; and Vol. 3 Philippine Cinema and Literacy) by Nick De Ocampo, and “Keeping Memories: Cinema and Archiving in Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).
September 12 marks as special day for Philippine Cinema history because it was when “Dalagang Bukid” by Jose Nepomuceno, the first Filipino-produced-and-directed feature film was shown in 1919.
The schedule and programs of FDCP commemorating the Philippine Film Industry month is very hectic and crammed but paramount. And they are sharing these momentous events to everyone. So, follow them at FDCP Channel.