Veteran director Jun Urbano has decided to back out from this year's Sineng Pambansa All Masters Edition.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Direk Jun admitted that he had trouble raising counterpart financing for his entry titled The Winged Gladiator.
"Yes, nag back out ako simply because yung binibigay nilang P1.5 million [na budget], hindi sapat para makagawa ng isang magandang pelikula.
"May kinausap akong classmate na pumayag magbigay ng counterpart [financing]. Unfortunately, bago niya mabigay yung pondo, namatay siya."
PEP.ph was able to interview Direk Jun at Dulcinea Tomas Morato last June 18 while he was waiting for the announcement of the official entries of the Metro Manila Film Festival.
The Winged Gladiator, Direk Jun's entry for Sineng Pambansa, is about a young boy who is angry at a rooster that caused his father to become addicted to gambling.
"Istorya ito ng isang manok na panabong at ang relationship ng bata sa manok. Galit na galit siya dun sa manok kasi natutong magsugal ang tatay niya. Istorya ito ng tatay ko kaya may sentimental value sa akin."
The veteran director also points out that his time was also divided between his Sineng Pambansa entry and his other movie titled Ibong Adarna.
"I am also doing Ibong Adarna so nagkaroon ako ng conflict between the two movies. Since naumpisahan ko na ang Ibong Adarna, sinabi ko dun sa Film Development Council of the Philippines na huwag na muna ako ngayon isali.
"Baka hindi ko magampanan ang duty ko to both projects."
Ibong Adarna was one of the 15 screenplays submitted in consideration for this year's Metro Manila Film Festival. Unfortunately, Ibong Adarna was not included in the 8 official entries that will take part in the 39th edition of the MMFF.
(Read: 39th Metro Manila Film Fest entries revealed)
Teddy Granados, executive director of FDCP, told PEP.ph in a separate interview that they have plans of featuring Direk Jun in next year's All Masters Edition.
For this year's edition, they will not replace the slot vacated by Direk Jun.
The films will be shown during the film fest that will take place this September 2013.
(Read: Learn more about the directors who will take part in Sineng Pambansa All Masters Edition)
IBONG ADARNA. For this version of Ibong Adarna, Direk Jun said that they have changed the setting to make it more appropriate to the Philippines.
"Yung unang Ibong Adarna mga kaharian 'yan sa Europe, e. Ito ginawa kong Sultanate sa Mindanao pero pre-Spanish ang timeframe."
Who are the actors in his movie?
"Si Rocco Nacino ang prinsipe then ang tatay niya si Joel Torre at ang nanay niya si Angel Aquino. Yung mga bandidong komiko sina Leo Martinez, Benjie Paras, at Ronnie Lazaro."
According to Direk Jun, they have already shot some scenes in the Ifugao rice terraces as well as Calatagan, Batangas.