A period film set in Cuyo, Palawan, beats a movie aboutcaregivers in London, an indie film about Tondo gangsters, and a love storyamong contractual workers in the Oscars derby. Ploning, a film produced byPanoramanila Pictures Co. has been chosen as the country's entry to the 2009Oscar Awards' best foreign language film category.
The Board of Governors of the Film Academy of thePhilippines approved the selection of Ploning during a meeting lastFriday, August 29.
Five members of a special committee tasked to select thecountry's entry, which is headed by National Artist for Film Eddie Romero aschairman, narrowed down the possible nominees to two films, Ploning and Caregiver.In a meeting last August 20, three members voted for Ploning and twomembers chose Caregiver.
The special committee members were Director Jose Carreon,secretary of the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; Director WilliamMayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association; JohnnyDelgado, chairman of the Actors' Workshop Foundation; Pablo S. Gomez, presidentof the Screenwriters' Guild of the Philippines; and Manny Morfe, president ofthe Productions Designers Guild of the Philippines.
The two films were initially included in a six-film shortlist, which were all reviewed by the committee on August 12 and 14 at the FAPoffice at OctoArts Bldg. on Panay Avenue, Q.C.
Also reviewed were Tribu, a Cinemalaya festivalwinner and Endo. The producers of two other films—Pisay and Serbis(the Filipino entry in the last Cannes Film festival)—failed to submit aDVD or VCD copy of their films to the committee.
The result of the voting was announced during the Board ofGovernors monthly meeting on Friday, August 29.
Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of MotionPicture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), reminded the Academy of the variousdeadlines which are listed hereunder:
October 1, 2008 (Wednesday)
a) three official entry forms completed and signed by
1) the chairperson of the selection committee;
2) the selection committee; and
3) the selected film's producer.
b) Synopsis in English of the selected entry.
c) Cast and production credits of entry.
d) Advertisement of the film's commercial run.
e) Director's biography and photograph.
f) Film print of entry.
The special rules for the best foreign language film awardcategory require accurate English subtitles of the entry. The rules furtherstipulate that only one picture will be accepted from each country.
Entries which will be nominated on January 22, 2009 will berequired to provide a second English-language subtitled print of the film tofacilitate voting screenings. This second print must be submitted to the AMPASon January 23, 2009 (Friday).
All entries will be screened by the Academy's ForeignLanguage Film Award Committee(s) whose members will vote by secret ballot tonominate five foreign language motion pictures for this award.
Academy records showed that 17 local films were shown intheaters from October to December last year. During the period from January toJuly 2, 2008, another 17 local films were also exhibited. Eight of these 34films were rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film DevelopmentCouncil of the Philippines and 11 were rated B.