Sine Pinoy is an ambitious project.
This is the prevailing opinion of the press who attended the launch of Sine Pinoy last March 27 at Casa Francesco inQuezon City. Even its organizers agree.
“Napaka-ambisyosong project. Pero nandun na kami sa puntong nasa 80% na kami,” said Rich Santiago, Sine Pinoy's Festival Director and National Coordinator for National Workshop.
Rich is part of D'ream Arts Production, the events and production firm behind Sine Pinoy.
Sine Pinoy has two phases: a national summer workshop that will lead to its own film festival. The primary goal is to promote talent in the country's every region, so the workshop will be held in 12 key cities: Manila, Legaspi, Baguio, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Tacloban, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and General Santos.
Workshop participants will benefit from mentoring by highly-experienced and acclaimed artists from various disciplines, to make them ready for TV and movie stardom. Mentors include Tanghalang Pilipino's artistic director Nanding Josef, TV host JK Anicoche, and stage actor Jonathan Tadiaoan.
Rich explained, “Sine Pinoy is a film festival that will happen on September. This will kick-off with a national workshop this summer, starting April 23 down to May 30. So, ito yung bibigyan namin ng pagkakataon yung bawat probinsiya, yung bawat siyudad, na magkakaroon ng sari-sarili nilang pelikula.”
It seems to be an arduous task. Thankfully, D'ream Arts had a lot of help from local government units and various entities.
For instance, an interested participant in a workshop needs to shell out an average of P10,000 entry fee. But some local government units have provided financial help to offer scholarships for the interested youth.
“If you go to our website, meron dung mga forms on how to join the national workshop. May mga scholarship, maraming-marami, kasi marami ring mga tumulong sa amin sa bawat city and provinces,” Rich explained.
Every group of workshop participants in a province will also be a given a million pesos each to create their own movie for the film festival. Various entities are helping to make this amount possible.
“Actually not from us, but from the people who will be helping us. These are the Filipinos outside. They will be giving P1 million each per city. Yun yung budget ng pelikula. Dun sila maglalaro sa budget na yun,” Rich said.
The movie each of the workshop groups need to produce also fills out an advocacy.
“Ang script nila dapat yung Going Hope,” Rich said. “Papunta sa pag-asa. Ito ang kailangan ng Pilipinas ngayon. Ibigay natin sa bawat isa ang pag-asa na meron pa taying chance to move forward.”
In the end, Rich and D'ream Arts can only hope to make Sine Pinoy a success for 2012, so they can facilitate new ones annually.
“This will be a yearly event. God bless us,” he said.