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A ‘Philippines Day’ at HK int’l film fest

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FDCP chair Briccio Santos and acting Philippine Consul General Rosanna Villamor-Voogel (1st and 2nd from left, respectively) accept the donation from HKIFF executive director Roger Garcia and actress Catherine Deneuve (1st and 2nd from right, respectively).
 Photo courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines

Organizers of the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) marked its first “Philippines Day” on March 30 by donating HK$25,000 (P145,132.25) to the Philippine Red Cross for the rebuilding of areas ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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Genre fest aims to spur film industry’s growth

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PRESENT during the recent FDCP-initiated Genre Script Presentation and Awarding Ceremony were (from left) FDCP Executive Director Ted Granados; winning scriptwriters Hector Fernandez, Jose Eduarte, Ed Lejano Jr. and Agustin Sugatan Jr.; FDCP Chair Briccio Santos; winning scriptwriters Edgardo Vinarao, Reuben Canoy, Jerome Zamora, Juvy Galamiton and Mario Mendez Jr., and FDCP Executive Director Miguel de la Rosa.

Aimed at “enlivening and accelerating the growth of the industry,” the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) recently organized a film-financing meet that was attended by representatives of local and foreign production outfits, announced FDCP chair Briccio Santos.

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They came, they saw…

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Like in all inaugural endeavors, there was this persistent fear: Will people show up? Will they even care?

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Actors ask court to order MMDA to release MMFF proceeds

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Chairman Francis Tolentino (INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO) and actor Leo Martinez (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

The country’s organization of movie actors asked on Wednesday the Quezon City court to compel the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which organizes the annual Metro Manila film festival, to release some P82.7-million worth of proceeds from screenings in previous years to their rightful beneficiaries.

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FDCP chair knighted by France

BRICCIO Santos. Photo by BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

THE FRENCH government has knighted Chair Briccio Santos of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). Santos will receive the Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur on Oct. 24. “Santos is honored as a statesman and Brillante Ma. Mendoza (earlier knighted) as an artist,” says Martin Macalintal, audio-visual attaché of the French embassy in Manila.

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Indelible portrayals buoy up uneven lineup at Sineng Pambansa

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PINEDA, GIL AND JALANDONI. Forge unlikely friendship in “Sonata.”

The all-masters edition of the Sineng Pambansa Film Festival, a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (in collaboration with SM Cinemas), is off to a good start—even with an uneven lineup.

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Festival screens dream movies

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JOEM Bascon and Jake Cuenca in “Lihis”

TV and film director Joel Lamangan, a participant in the 2013 Sineng Pambansa All-Masters’ Edition, don’t see veteran filmmakers as competing with the younger ones for film grants. “We just want to show them the kind of work we do,” he told Inquirer recently.

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2nd Int’l Film Expo introduces PH to world

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VILMA Santos in “Ekstra”

Aiming to promote Filipino films in the international market, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is hosting the 2nd International Film Exposition, which starts Friday.

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Best regional films show unity in diversity

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Quite fittingly, a film set in northern Luzon, Martin Masadao’s “Anac ti Pating,” won the top prize in a national tilt held in Mindanao.

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Twelve masters’ fest

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has announced the names of the 12 filmmakers included in next year’s Sineng Pambansa: Master Directors’edition.

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Restored classic film comes home

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SCENE from “Genghis”: (From left) Inday Jalandoni, Manuel Conde and Elvira Reyes. Photo courtesy of Martin Magsanoc

After a roundabout journey, “Genghis Khan” finds its way home.   The original prints of Manuel Conde’s “Genghis Khan,” the same ones used in its screening at the Venice Film Festival in 1952, will be returned to the Philippines. As bonus, the restored version of the film, in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and HD (High [...]

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‘Genghis Khan’ lost, and found

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Final scene of “Genghis Khan” (Manuel Conde) was shot in Guadalupe, Makati, at the corner of Edsa and Pasig River. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM THE BOOK “THE CINEMA OF MANUEL CONDE” BY NICANOR G. TIONGSON

Where in the world is “Genghis Khan”? The prints of the first ever Filipino movie to be shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1952 were lost—and found.

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