The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) gives great thanks to our media, journalists, and digital influencers.
2016 was a landmark year for Philippine cinema, a “renaissance” with the multitude of quality local works being shown and recognized on our own shores, as well as the accolades our films have brought to the country from abroad. The renewed interest in the different perspectives and cultures our filmmakers have committed to screen set fertile ground for our already rich cinematic heritage to thrive even further.
In closing the year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) gives great thanks to our media, journalists, and digital influencers, for keeping the work of this humbled institution, and more importantly, the work of our Filipino film community foremost in the minds of our audiences. The steady growth of our local cinema, its creators, and its audience could not have come about without the efforts of our compatriots in the press. For this we give celebration through the FDCP’s “Handog sa Press” event this December 14, 2016, Wednesday, at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila.
FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño and FDCP Executive Director Wilfredo Manalang with the film and entertainment press awardees
FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño and FDCP Executive Director Wilfredo Manalang with the Cinema Evaluation Board awardees
A gift for the holidays and for their contribution to our film arts, the “Handog sa Press” seeks to acknowledge those who have steadily given our local works the attention they undoubtedly deserve, with special awards to be granted to distinct individuals and groups for exemplary achievements in their support of Philippine film. Also to be given due recognition is the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), who have continuously helped guide the audience and form the landscape of our cinema through their outstanding service. With an offering of refreshments at the event reception and special performances during the evening’s proceedings, the FDCP hopes that its guests be excited for the year ahead and for the FDCP’s plans for the future.
FDCP Chair Liza Diño will be welcoming our press and revealing what’s in store for the FDCP in the coming years. Established programs such as the Festival Travel Assistance Program, for filmmakers participating in international festivals to be supported in their flights abroad, or the Golden Statue Assistance Program, for filmmakers who’ve received top honors for their works to receive further backing for their projects, will be continuing in 2017. Year-round workshops will be conducted all over the FDCP Cinematheques, and our local festivals in Manila as well as our numerous prospering regional festivals will be propped up by the Festival Development Assistance Program. Symposia such as the the International Film Congress, which will gather filmmakers and film workers to discuss global and festival trends for the film market, and conferences to highlight different platforms for content distribution and production funding. Chair Diño aims to introduce a fruitful year for the FDCP, building on the recent successes of the film industry.
As 2016 comes to a close and we give tribute with the “Handog sa Press,” we remember the triumphs of our culture and set our sights high for the future as the FDCP continues to play a vital part in our Philippine cinema.