With the many changes faced by the country and the rest of the world this year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has been continuing its efforts in supporting, promoting, and empowering the local film industry. In the last few months, this support has come in the form of the DEAR assistance program for displaced workers during the pandemic, online film festival support, regional film schools, and more.
FDCP commemorates ‘Sine Sandaan,’ the year-long celebration of the Centennial of Philippine Cinema that kicked off in September last year. As the celebration nears its end, FDCP ramped up its programs activities for an eventful September dubbed as SINE SANDAAN: THE NEXT 100. All of FDCP’s programs for the month are representative of the agency’s vision and hope of moving forward to the future with Philippine Cinema through innovation, collaboration and solidarity.
With this special celebration, FDCP has scheduled an array of events aiming to celebrate, support, and advance the growth of Philippine cinema.
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño spoke about the events in store for this milestone celebration, “September marks the official closing of the 100 years of Philippine cinema. Despite the pandemic, the FDCP wanted to ensure that our efforts will meaningfully honor this once-in-lifetime event through various events, activities and programs all year round. And as we close Sandaan, we open our “NEXT 100” by launching several initiatives as we look forward to a better, more sustainable and progressive hundred years.”
“These initiatives truly represent how we foresee the future of the Philippine film industry and how we as an Agency can support it to reach greater heights . The future of Philippine Cinema is to realize the ambition of continuously elevating the level of filmmaking in the country and be globally competitive. It’s about empowering the stakeholders to diversify and enrich not just through our narratives and stories but in our representation in the international film community and industry.
As for this month’s conduct of activities, this is all about collaboration. Right now, many sectors in industry and our larger community are still facing difficulties in light of the global pandemic, we wish for Sine Sandaan: The Next 100 to be a platform to partner and support stakeholders and organizations and engage them as professionals. Especially on September 30 at our closing event, we will make this a holistic celebration by giving work and financial support to the workers of the Philippine film industry as they recover from the damaging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while also still making the best of what we have as a community,” Chairperson Diño added.