Winners of Sineng Pambansa Climate Change Scriptwriting contest revealed by FDCP

Jul 7, 2015

The Film Development Council of the Philippines has announced the winners of the 2015 Sineng Pambansa Climate Change Scriptwriting contest.

From over 100 scripts submitted to the contest, the jury members have already chosed the winners of the Full Length Documentary category and the Short Fiction feature category.

The winners of the Full Length Documentary category of the contest are: 1st place – Disigisaw (written by Sheryl Rose M. Andes); 2nd place – Environgers (written by Analisa Puod); and 3rd place – The Water Bearers (written by Mario L. Mendez Jr.).

The winners of the Full Length Documentary category are to receive cash prizes of Php 100,000 for first place, Php 50,000 for second place, and Php 25,000 for third place.

As for the Short Fiction feature category, the jury has deliberated on a 4-way tie, going to the following scripts: Ang Bisikleta ni Lolo Kiko (written by Maricel C. Cariaga), Ang Dalawahan (written by Vinson Lance S. Gabato), The Assignment (written by Crisanto P. Fuego), and Hukay (written by Marvin C. Gabas). The cash prizes for this category, totaling Php 85,000, are to be equally distributed amongst the 4 chosen winners. Each winner of the Short Fiction feature category will receive a cash prize of Php 21,250.

Winners will be directly contacted by the organizers to arrange for the receiving of prizes.

The Climate Change Scriptwriting contest encouraged writers to delve into the urgent and concerning topic of climate change which has had its presence felt more than ever in recent years. These scripts are to be the basis of future short films or full length documentaries that inform and capture people’s imagination, rousing them into action.

The themes of the scripts should have tackled the various complexities of climate change, ranging from scientific explanations to its impacts on the common person. The script itself would have contributed toward instilling in the reader, and later on in the viewer, an awareness that urges them to confront the issues of climate change.

The contest was conceptualized from FDCP’s belief in the multifaceted effort it takes to transform awareness into action through audiovisual presentations. With the hope of making climate change-consciousness second nature, scientific and creative communities must work together toward this common cause. Cinema, a cultural agent like no other, is adept at evoking urgency on a mass scale and can contribute to inspiring the advocacy of mitigating climate change for the protection and preservation of our communities.

The contest took place earlier in the year, with a submission deadline of March 6, 2015 for both types of script categories.

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