LAOAG CITY- The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) conducted a free seminar workshop on 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.
Lecturers were award-winning directors 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).
FDCP Education and Cultural Engagements Officer Wilma Isleta said that FDCP was formed through the initiative of Governor Imee R. Marcos.
“Isa po siya sa mga principal authors nung ginagawa po ito through RA (Republic Act) 9167. Nabuo po ito noong siya ay nasa Congress,” she said.
“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,” Isleta added
Meanwhile, Provincial Information Officer June Arvin Gudoy said that through the initiative of PGIN, the Media Incentives Desk (MID) Ordinance was established to coordinate with production companies, local establishments, and government units for the filming of movies, series, documentaries, and other multimedia projects within the province.
With incentives 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.
An ongoing project under the MID is Artikulo Uno Production’s “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,” starring Paulo Avelino. The same company also produced “Heneral Luna” in 2015 which also contained scenes filmed in Ilocos Norte.
Gudoy also cited the Johnny Moon Creative Media Arts Festival, an event where animation, filmmaking, directing, scriptwriting, cinematography, and photography workshops were held to encourage more Ilocanos to engage in these crafts. (Tawid News, with report of Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO)