October 19, 2019
The 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held from October 3 to 12 showcased for the first time director Brillante Mendoza and Judy Ann Santos who worked together for their film entry “Mindanao.”
The film had its world premiere at said filmfest under the category Icons, a newly established section in BIFF which introduces the latest films helmed by iconic filmmakers from around the world.
This was revealed to us recently by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño upon their return from Korea.
Liza shared with Caveat one of the glowing reviews of a film critic at Busan over the performance in particular of actress Judy Ann Santos in the aforementioned film.
Liza showed us a copy of Screen Daily film review that said, “This is not a film which leaves any emotional button unpushed. And indeed, the film features a third act of such levels of crass contrivance that it rather undermines the emotional impact of loss of life. Throughout all this, Santos retains grace and dignity with a performance which is a class apart from the rest of the picture.”
“Mindanao” tells the story of Judy Ann Santos as a mother caring for her cancer-stricken child and her husband, a combat medic deployed in a civil conflict against rebel forces. Aside from stirring the audience’s emotions, the occasion was also actress Santos’ first red carpet experience in an international film festival.
Brillante Mendoza’s latest opus is also set to screen under the World Focus Powered by Aniplex Inc. section at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) happening from October 28 to November 5 in Tokyo, Japan.
To recall, last year the Philippines was the Country of Focus at Busan. This year, Liza said the FDCP continues to lead the participation of the Philippine delegation to support Filipino filmmakers and Philippine cinema in entering the global arena.
Liza further revealed that FDCP has launched two new film incentives to encourage international film co-productions to shoot and work in the Philippines.
One is location incentive schemes under the banner of FilmPhilippines. This give financial support to both international productions and co-productions with Filipino producers who will spend at least P8 million ($154,000 USD) in the Philippines for their film’s production and post-production.
This will be paired with FDCP’s “Let’s Create Together” campaign where the Philippines is showcased as a country and an industry open to produce meaningful, entertaining and valuable content. This is the agency’s next step to going global with the country’s audiovisual industry.
Full feature films in any genre and format — live action, documentary, animation, short films, television series, to web content series or content for alternative distribution platforms — in partnership with a duly-registered Philippine line producer may apply for the film location incentive program.
For the International Co-production Fund, Filipino feature film projects of any format with international co-production onboard may also apply, Liza concluded.
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GUESS WHO? A very important actress (VIA) sent a feeler to a network that she is willing to do a monumental film project with one young star touted as the network’s newest golden goose that lays the proverbial golden eggs. Sadly, the feeler fell into deaf ears.
Clue: VIA is active doing meaningful indie films.
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