PGIN, FDCP partner for reg'l filmmaking workshop "FDCP formed thru initiative of Governor Marcos"

Oct 12, 2017 ...

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) conducted a free seminar workshop in film education and filmmaking with over a hundred participants last October 7 and 8 at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Teatro Ilocandia, Batac City.

Titled "Planting Seeds: The Future of the Philippine Cinema," the workshop provided a refresher crash course in filmmaking to teachers, students, and local film enthusiasts coming from Region One, specifically from Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan.

The FDCP and PGIN extended an open invitation prioritizing Humanities & Social Science (HUMSS) Strand teachers from Region One, and other participants attended at their own initiative.

FDCP Education and Cultural Engagements Officer Ms. Wilma Isleta recalled Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos' contribution to the establishment of the FDCP, saying "ang [FDCP] ay nabuo through the initiative ng ating mahal na gobernador. Isa po siya sa mga principal authors nung ginagawa po ito through RA (Republic Act) 9167. Nabuo po ito noong siya ay nasa Congress.

"Ever since, Governor Marcos was already a true supporter of arts and culture."

Lecturers were award-winning directors Mr. Mark Meily, the independent filmmaker behind the recent "El Presidente," which won the SoHo International Film Festival's Best Film Award in New York City; and Mr. Zig Dulay, who bagged Best Screenplay in the most recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival for the film Bagahe (Baggage).

Isleta added, "Film education is one of the main projects of the current FDCP administration, aiming to develop and empower our aspiring and emerging filmmakers with film activities such as film appreciation, awareness, literacy, criticisms, and technical workshops.

"We would like to update and equip our educators with the latest in the art and craft of filmmaking, and eventually be shared to our students."

Ilocos Norte info officer: "Ilocos Norte takes filmmaking and cinema seriously"

Provincial Information Officer Mr. June Arvin Gudoy shared that Ilocos Norte "takes filmmaking and cinema seriously," citing PGIN's initiative in establishing the Media Incentives Desk (MID) Ordinance which coordinates with production companies, local establishments, and government units for the filming of movies, series, documentaries, and other multimedia projects within the province.

With agreements like provision of transportation and accommodation, assistance in location hunting, waiving of entrance or permit fees, and other forms of aid, Ilocos Norte receives in exchange free promotion and the creation of short-term jobs for local performers, designers, construction workers, and other manpower needed by a production team.

One ongoing project under the MID is Artikulo Uno Production's "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral," starring Paulo Avelino. The same company's "Heneral Luna" (2015) also contains scenes filmed in Ilocos Norte.

Gudoy expressed his hope that "this symposium will inspire our teachers and students alike to take the art of the cinema seriously because gaya nga ng sabi ni Governor Marcos, hindi bigas, hindi tabako, ang pinakamahalagang produkto ng Ilocos Norte. Ang ating pinakamahalagang produkto ay ang mga creative geniuses gaya ni Juan Luna, ang tunay na First Global Filipino."

He also mentioned the Johnny Moon Creative Media Arts Festival of previous years, an event inspired by Juan Luna, where animation, filmmaking, directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, and photography workshops were held to encourage more Ilocanos to engage in these crafts.

He considers the FDCP workshop a continuation of the Johnny Moon training initiative, saying, "May we find the inner Juan Luna, the inner Johnny Moon, inside all of us and may we continue this great tradition of madness and creative genius."

by Ma. Christian A. Ramos



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