` Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) `

Film Development Council of the Philippines Helping Empower Regional Cinema Communities

FDCP Chair Diño with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Heads and Committee Members for the 8th Cinema Rehiyon press conference at Legazpi, Albay.

 

In further reinforcing the power and immense value of Philippine regional cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has been busy at work all over the country lending ears and hands to our filmmaking and film-appreciating brethren and sistren in the provinces.

 

Beginning with Visayas and Mindanao Film Forums in late August of 2016, FDCP Chair Liza Diño sought out to visit the regional cinema communities personally, gathering a full audience at the Cinematheques Iloilo and Davao for a conversation on the needs of their specific regions and cultures. The forums sought to recognize and address the unique concerns of the different regions that require their own specific solutions and plans of action, with essntial examples such as the Western Visayas’s own festival CineKasimanwa and Mindanao’s focus on Lumads and Moros in the country. This call for discussion continued into the Northern Luzon Film Forum, held at the Cinematheque Baguio to give voice to the thriving art community there. All the while, one of many workshops planned by the FDCP was begun in Iloilo and Baguio, the “Make the Cut: Editing Workshop,” which would also be held in Manila, and then in Davao and Zamboanga in the future.

The Western Visayas Film Forum with Ilonggo filmmaker Tara Illenberger (far right), educator and filmmaker Elvert Bañares (second from right) and the rest of the members of the Western Visayas Filmmakers Network.

 

Recognizing the importance of regional festivals in celebrating local film talent, Chair Diño was also on hand in many a film festival beginning in these latter months of the year. In early September was a visit to the University of Baguio for the press conference of the 8th Cinema Rehiyon a festival organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to cater to all different regions in the Philippines. Further along the month Diño also sat down with the festival directors of the Mindanao Film Festival and Guerilla Filmathon in Davao, in dedication to help the promotion of their art. Diño also had the honor of showing her support to the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABIFILMEX) 2016, Compostela Valley’s own open-air film festival. From Davao Diño also flew to Cebu to attend their Binisaya Film Festival and hold the Central Visayas Film Forum at University of San Carlos Safad Theater—here she paid heed to the necessity of the region for a cinema hub such as the Cinematheque to support the community and to utilize the FDCP’S Philippine Film Export Service Office (PFESO) to help productions both foreign and local shooting in Cebu and creating opportunities for the film industry and tourism to thrive there.

FDCP Chair Liza Diño at the Nabunturan Indie Film Exhibition Stakeholders' Forum NABIFILMEX in Compostela Valley.

 

 

The future holds no pause for Philippine cinema as the FDCP and Chair Diño. More workshops and seminars are slated to be held in regional communities in the next year, as well as financial support for regional festivals, travel assistance to filmmakers recognized in festivals abroad, and extensive audience development programs to be given in empowering our society of Philippine cinema. The FDCP gives thanks and support to all filmmakers and cineastes for voicing their concerns, making sure their visions are seen, and continuing the uphill climb in strengthening regional cinema.  

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