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Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013

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The 15th Cinemanila International Film Festival will run from December 18 to 22, 2013 at SM Cinema, Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. In the last decade, Cinemanila played host to celebrated filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Jafar Panahi, Fernando Meirelles and cinematographer Chris Doyle among others.

This year, the recipient of Lifetime Achievement award is none other than two-time Oscar winner director, Ang Lee. Cinemanila 2013 is bringing in another roster of locally and internationally renowned films under its several sections including Philippine Cinema, Asian Cinema, Southeast Asian Cinema, World Cinema, Digital Lokal, and Young Cinema.

The films in competition will vie for the following awards: Lino Brocka Prize, Grand Jury Prize, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best SEA Film, Best Short Film, Ishmael Bernal Award and Best Director.

Ang Lee recognized in Cinemanila International

Ang Lee accepts award

Manila, Nov. 28 (CNA) Taiwan-born director Ang Lee was recognized with the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday in Manila at an event held in his honor as part of the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

The award was jointly presented during a “Tribute to Ang Lee” soiree by Tikoy Aguiluz, founder of the festival, director Brilliante Mendoza and actress Angeli Bayani, the star of the Singaporean production “Ilo Ilo,” which won the Golden Horse Award for best picture last weekend in Taipei.

In an allusion to Lee’s remarks when he received the Academy Award for best director in February, Aguiluz called him a “movie god.”

The award presented in Manila is named after the Philippines’ most respected film director, who died in 1991.

Before the award ceremony, some 400 Filipino filmmakers and guests from cultural circles attended a screening of Lee’s “Life of Pi,” followed by a discussion.

Lee arrived in the Philippines earlier in the day and is due to depart Saturday.

(By Emerson Lim and Jay Chen)

Ang Lee awarded by Cinemanila

Ang LEE 李安 was presented with the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement Award in Manila yesterday, at a pre-event of the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

The award was jointly presented by Cinemanila director Amable “Tikoy” AGUILUZ, director Brillante Ma. MENDOZA and actress Angeli BAYANI, from Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎 winner Ilo Ilo 爸媽不在家.

Lee’s Life of Pi was screened before the presentation, which included a post-screening discussion. The festival previously presented the award to Christine HAKIM, Quentin TARANTINO and Nora AUNOR.

Mendoza told local media that Lee used his first trip to the Philippines to scout for locations for his Muhammad Ali movie. During the on-stage discussion, Lee said, “I’m planning to do a movie here. I hope I get to make that movie.”

Lee also said that he was inspired by the success of Life of Pi outside North America, where it accounted for 85% of its income. He noted that the film made more in Canada than the United States. He described the fact as “good news for all of us”.

The event was co-organised by Cinemanila, the local branch of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), as part of its Film Cultural Exchange Program.

The 15th Cinemanila festival will be held from 18-22 Dec 2013.

(by Stephen Cremin – FILM BUSINESS ASIA)

A first for Asia: UK script development workshop at Cinemanila

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Cinemanila and the British Council proudly presented for the first time in Asia, a world-renowned script development course run by the UK’s Script Factory, last September 27-29, 2013 at the Picasso Boutique Hotel in Salcedo Village. Script Factory founder and director Lucy Scher and script consultant Angeli Macfarlane flew in from London to serve as mentors for the workshop.

The Script Factory, pioneers in the script development field, has previously staged screenwriting master classes with film director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, I Heart Huckabees), screenwriter Beaufoy Oscar (Slumdog Millionaire), and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Script Factory in Manila workshop participants included award-winning independent filmmakers, TV executives from Fox Asia, and advertising creatives from TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy. The Film Development Council of the Philippines participated in the workshop through the scholarship of filmmaker TM Malones.

“The Script Factory’s first trip to Asia was to the magnificent city of Manila, and what a good choice! The participants were gathered from the fields of film, television, marketing and advertising and brought a unique blend of experience to share with us. It never ceases to astonish me how universal our human stories are, and how powerful storytelling is in connecting us all. A truly great experience,” said Scher.

Over three days, participants were introduced to a structured approach to assessing scripts and preparing a development strategy for both film and television drama. By examining produced screenplays and reading early work by new screenwriters, they considered what makes a good screen story and learn to recognize screenwriting talent.

“Fluency in screenplay design and structure is clearly essential; however, equally important is sensitivity to a writer’s aims and the ability to turn analysis into constructive feedback that will further the creative process,” said Tikoy Aguiluz, founder of the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

The Cinemanila International Film Festival, now on its 15th year, is itself a pioneer in bringing international film, filmmakers, and film workshops to the Philippines. In the last two years, Cinemanila has branched out with sidebar events such as the Cinemanila Moonlight Series, a series of outdoor screenings held at Skye Lounge, W Building, Bonifacio High Street.

The Script Factory in Manila workshop is the second partnership for Cinemanila and the British Council; the first being a Moonlight screening of Julien Temple’s London: Modern Babylon.

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Call for Submissions: Cinemanila 2013

The film submission deadline for the 15th Cinemanila International Film Festival has been extended to November 8, 2013.

Please mail your submissions to:

3/F 3055 Tolentino Street Brgy. Pinagkaisahan Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines 1213

Download the guidelines and entry form below.

Entry Form

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