The elusive Oscar statuette – Manila Bulletin


Call to the Film Academy of the Philippines to act

Here we go again. As of this writing, no official entry from the Philippines has yet been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for Best International Feature Film of the Year.

The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) is the only AMPAS Recognized Body to submit the Best Filipino Film of the Year. Last year, FAP failed to send an entry.

The Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc (DGPI) reached out to Manny Morfe of FAP and his response was, “FAP has been temporarily closed since January 2021 due to lack of funds.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has not yet appointed an officer or general manager to the FAP. No one leads or directs the FAP, which was founded by Executive Order 640-A issued by the President of the Philippines. Its purpose is to be the umbrella organization for the various guilds in the film industry.

In the meantime, based on the rules and the Oscars deadline, “a list of the members of the selection committee must be submitted to the Academy no later than Monday, August 15, 2022 or before the submission deadline published by the Academy. ‘Academy”. The APF has not formed any committee or selected any members to do this important work.

We have eligible film titles because the AMPAS rule stated that “country-selected film must be first released in the country of origin no earlier than January 1, 2022 and no later than November 30, 2022, and first be publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial movie theater for the benefit of the producer and exhibitor.

“Leonor will never die”

Leonor will never diedirected by Martika Escobar, won the World Cinema Dramatic Competition Special Jury Prize: Innovative Spirit at the Sundance Film Festival and the film about a comatose retired screenwriter starring Sheila Francisco was the opening film of the 18th Sundance Film Festival. Philippine independent film Cinemalaya.

“The Missing 8”

The missing 8, directed by Erik Matti, won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor John Arcilla at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The crime thriller focuses on Matti’s perspective on how the press affects the nation’s political framework.


Walker, directed by Joel Lamangan, starring Allen Dizon and Rita Avila will have its world premiere at the 44th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), the second oldest film festival in the world after Venice. It centers on a family of sex workers against men of authority.

“The Baseball Player”

There is no doubt that Cinemalaya Best Picture Baseball playerdirected by Carlo Obispo, and winner of the Cinemalaya Jury Prize blue roomdirected by Maan Asuncion-Dagñalan, deserve to be on the list of the best films of 2022. The FAP committee should also consider these independent gems.

“Blue Room”
“When the Waves Gone”

When the waves have passed by Lav Diaz also had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this year. In this reinterpretation by Alexandre Dumas the count of Monte Cristo, two friends carry out a bank robbery. While one of them is imprisoned, the other becomes a ruler-tormentor on their home island. Revenge is not exaggerated. Diaz also directed Isang Salaysay by Karahasang Pilipino (A Tale of Filipino Violence) based on the short story by Ricky Lee Servando Magdamag.

Even during the pandemic, our local filmmakers were making relevant and creative films. Let’s push our government agencies to see the importance of film as a cultural export. Take a cue from our neighbor, South Korea, whose government sees the entertainment industry as a major player in its national economy, successfully exporting the Korean Wave or Hallyu to the global market.

Banner photo by Don Emmert/AFP




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