Before 2018, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) have launched the SineSaysay Film Lab and Showcase on December 5 at the FDCP headquarters in Ermita, Manila.
Present in the affair were NHCP chief history researcher Alvin Alcid and deputy executive director for programs and projects Architect Veronica Dado with FDCP chair Liza Dino Seguerra.
It is a project that aims to empower documentary filmmaking and filmmakers in the country and to showcase creative documentary films focusing on rarely visited in our history that helped shape the nation of what it is today.
SineSanaysay has two categories, namely: Bagong Sibol Documentary Lab and Feature Documentary Showcase.
Bagong Sibol Documentary Lab is for emerging filmmakers who are working on their first and second full-length documentary feature films and who have the passion and vision for filmmaking and telling real stories of people’s past, struggles and victories. While the Feature Documentary Showcase category is for the brave filmmakers who capture actual stories and their many facets and perspectives, but in an informative format.
The recommended topics are as follows: Islam, the Bangsamoro and the quest for peace in Mindanao, Feminist Movements in the Philippines, World War II in the Philippines and 150th Anniversary of Emilio Aguinaldo. However, SineSanaysay is still open to relevant themes as long as they are within the context of Philippine history with significant impact to the country.
For the emerging filmmakers’ category, eligible to join are Filipino citizens or of Filipino decent at least 18 years of age (students are also welcome to apply), the applicants must be working on their first and second full-length documentary features, and applicants must have their historians as consultants for their respective projects. Same goes with the Feature Documentary Showcase category, applicants must be Filipino citizens or of Filipino descent, experienced filmmakers with at least two full-length documentaries in their filmography and have historians as consultants as well.
Each applicant is allowed to submit up to two projects for consideration. Projects will be selected from open call submissions. All completed applications will be judged according to the following: strength and originality of the treatment, the originality of the story, the vision and ability of the director and the financial feasibility of the project.
Applications can be obtained via this link.
Deadline for submission of applications is on March 31, 2018 at 7pm.