The Cultural Center of the Philippines has already received the funding needed for the 11th edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
This was confirmed by CCP President Raul Sunico in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) held yesterday, January 28.
The executive met with select members of the media for the annual appreciation lunch hosted by the CCP.
"Less than a month lang namin nalaman na may funding pa kami [for Cinemalaya].
"Nag-approve na ang DBM [Department of Budget and Management].
"Kung hindi nila na-approve yun, we would have to go to other venues or make it smaller. Pero na-approve naman this year."
When PEP asked if the allocated budget matches the same budget given for the 2014 edition, he revealed that it was "more or less" the same amount.
DEAL WITH QUEZON CITY? Last November, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista announced that they are willing to share funds in order to support the 2015 edition of Cinemalaya.
Mayor Bautista said back then: "We’re now working closely with people from Cinemalaya because Tonyboy Cojuango wrote to us and there are preliminary talks. Hopefully by next year it’s with us, Quezon City, already.”
(Read: Herbert Bautista, Quezon City willing to share funds for future Cinemalaya edition)
Mr. Sunico said that Mayor Bautista's declaration was made at the time when the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had not yet allocated funds for Cinemalaya.
"May in-announce siya noon before we got funding for [Cinemalaya]."
He then explained: "Each year kasi, nakadepende kami kung maa-approve ang budget for Cinemalaya.
"Ang alam ko, yung announcement ni Mayor Bautista was before this approval of the budget for Cinemalaya was enforced."
Mr. Sunico pointed out that in past editions, Cinemalaya entries have been screened in select cinemas in Quezon City namely Trinoma and Fairview Terraces.
"I don't think there would be a conflict if Mayor Bautista would like to have these films shown in Quezon City since CCP is far from Quezon City."
Mr. Sunico admitted that he is not privy to the negotiations between CCP and the Quezon City Film Development Commission.
CINEMALAYA IN THE PROVINCES? The CCP executive also mentioned that there are plans to expand the reach of Cinemalaya nationwide.
"Sabi ni Senator Loren Legarda noong budget hearing na dalhin ang Cinemalaya sa mga probinsiya.
"That could be another outlet."
CCP President Raul Sunico