A festival of short films caled ‘CineMarya’ was recently launched by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), together with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in connection with the celebration of the National Women’s Month and in honor of Filipino women and their contributions in shaping families and societies on Friday, March 23 at the FDCP Cinematheque Center in Manila.
According to FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, “The festival aims to tell stories of Filipino women, more than their beauty, but their strength and passion, rising above prejudice and struggles in society.”
For its first year, CineMarya will grant a seed money of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 100,000.00) to interested participants aged 18 to 30 years old to produce a 10 to 20-minute short films tackling women empowerment, different roles of women in the society, and awareness about diverse social issues on women and equality and others. The festival is open to filmmakers who have not yet made a feature film or documentary.
Part of the festival, FDCP will conduct an educational component for the ten (10) finalists of CineMarya by providing two (2) slots (preferably the director and another representative) to the FDCP Filmmaking Workshop Series – Planting Seeds and Film Industry Conference during Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018.
Finalists will have the chance to undergo the CineMarya film camp, which is a two-day intensive filmmaking workshop in a secluded area in Rizal featuring multiple filmmakers, PCW representatives, and others. The direcator of each production team will be the fellow for the said initiative. It also aims to help develop their skills in story development, editing, and other elements of filmmaking to better advocate women empowerment.
At the said launch, DILG Asec. Marjorie Jalosjos and Chief of Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division of the Philippine Commission on Women Ms. Honey M. Castro were in attendance.
Submission of entries to FDCP began on April 1 and its deadline is on June 30 this year.