• FAP’s ‘Sine Panitik 2016’ launched

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    NEXT year’s “Sine Panitik: A Film Library for Students,” a project by the Film Academy of the Philippines that began in 2012, will focus on an animation competition on featuring Filipino legends.

    Dubbed “MgaAlamatsaAnimasyon,” Sine Panitik 2016 was launched by FAP director general Leo Martinez on Thursday at Gerry’s Grill, Quezon City.

    “This project aims to develop Filipino literature that are being taught in our schools to be transformed into visual materials so our students can better understand and develop deeper appreciation for our Filipino literature and the minds that created them,” said Martinez.

    He added that FAP’s new effort would be able to provide new films for school libraries around the country.

    Since it began, Sine Panitik had so far held two scriptwriting competitions in which selected Filipino short stories were adapted into screenplays. Three of the 12 winning entries have been made into short films and are now being exhibited in schools. These are Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio Brillantes (directed by Jose Carreon); Tata Selo by Rogelio Sikat (directed by William Mayo); and SandaangDamit by Fanny Garcia (directed by Edgardo Boy Vinarao).

    As the 2016 competition opened this year, FAP is inviting Filipino animators of all levels.

    According to Icon de Jesus, project director of the competition, participants could visit FAP’s website at filmacademyphil.org to view 29 Filipino legends available for downloading. They could also get printed forms at the FAP office at the Mowelfund Plaza in Cubao, Quezon City.

    Deadline of submission of chosen alamat is on June 15 to be followed by storyboard on July 31. Submission of the completed entry would be on April 30, 2016.

    One grand prize winner will be chosen by the Board of Judges and will receive P100,000 cash prize. But more importantly, the winning entry will be screened at an international film festival. The next top 15 entries will be awarded P50,000.

    The 2016 Sine Panitik will culminate at the Quezon City Film Festival 2016 where FAP will show the 16 winning animation films.

    For more information, visit www.filmacademyphil.org.

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