` Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) `

ACERCA Seminar: Towards the Creation of a National Film Archives


1st row (L from R): First Secretary and Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Spain Mr. Guillermo Escribano, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, H.E. Ambassador Luis Calvo of the Embassy of Spain in Manila, and Director of the Filmoteca de Andalucía Pablo García Casado pose with participants of the ACERCA Seminar
 
Twenty staff members from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP) took part in the first ACERCA seminar held in the Philippines, last September 9 – 11, 2015. With the topic of “Towards the Creation of a National Film Archives,” the seminar focused on the organization, restoration, preservation, and conservation of the rich film heritage of the country, as well as on the international regulations on film heritage and the best ways to implement them. Members were from the FDCP offices, the NFAP offices, as well as the regional FDCP Cinematheques attended the three day event.
 
The seminar was co-organized by the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines together with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and National Film Archives of the Philippines.
 

Director of the Filmoteca de Andalucía Pablo García Casado
lectures participants of the ACERCA seminar
 
Pablo García Casado, the director of the Filmoteca de Andalucía, was flown in from Spain to head the seminar. The Filmoteca is the film archives and Cinematheque of the region of Andalusia in Spain and is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). He is also an acclaimed poet, with a law degree from the University of Colombia.
 
Mr. Casado began the seminar with a historical introduction to film archiving, followed by interactive discussions that fleshed out the issues of what, why, and for whom to preserve and restore film. On the second day, he covered the national and international regulations on film heritage, regulations formulated by FIAF, and the challenges that archives face in the digital era. Finally, he discussed the issues of accessibility, exhibition, and education on the final day of the seminar.
 

​FDCP Chariman Briccio Santos presents ACERCA Seminar instructor Pablo García Casado
with a Certificate of Appreciation
 
The closing ceremony was held on Friday, September 11. Ambassador Luis Calvo of the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos presented certificates of completion to the participants. In his closing remarks the Ambassador noted that Spain and the Philippines share a cultural legacy and common treasury; attributing cinema to being an object of cooperation. Likewise, Chairman Santos emphasized, “Our efforts to preserve our film heritage are vital and foremost. It is not a choice, but a matter of national obligation and a lifetime commitment by the state.”
 
Mr. Casado was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the FDCP for sharing his expertise and knowledge to his colleagues in the Philippines.
 

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos (middle) and H.E. Ambassador Luis Calvo of the Embassy of Spain in Manila​​ (right)
congratulate a participant of the ACERCA seminar
 
The ACERCA Programme was created in 2005 by AECID. Over the course of a decade, over 22,000 people have participated in more than 600 activities organized in more than 33 countries around the world. The primary goal of ACERCA is to support and promote training and build capacities of practitioners in the cultural sector as a contribution to development and collective welfare.
 

Participants from the FDCP and NFAP listen on during the ACERCA seminar
 
 
The ACERCA seminar was the culmination of plans made during a trip by FDCP Chairman Santos and FDCP Executive director Teodoro Granados in 2013 to the Filmoteca Espanola and Instituto de la Cinematografica Y de las Artes Audiovisuales in Spain. The trip was a conducted in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the PICE Visitors Program.
 
The seminar was held at the Asian Institute of Management.
 

1st row: FDCP Executive Director Teodoro Granados, instructor Pablo García Casado,
and PFESO Executive Director Miguel De La Rosa pose with the participants
 
 
 

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