The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will kick off the year by hosting the third FDCP Film Ambassadors’ Night on February 10, 2019 at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City. This annual event is an evening of celebrating the victories of Filipino films, filmmakers, producers, and artists who received accolades and recognition from international film festivals last 2018.
FDCP will recognize eighty-five (85) who brought honor to the country by championing Filipino culture and stories through cinema. Among them are filmmakers who received awards from A-list film festivals, which include Shireen Seno (Nervous Translation), Treb Monteras II (Respeto), and Brillante Mendoza (Alpha, The Right to Kill).
There will also be three (3) recipients of the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award, the highest recognition given by the Agency to outstanding members of the film industry who made major breakthroughs in Philippine cinema. Each awardee will be given a trophy and a P50,000 cash award. Previous awardees include Lav Diaz and Jaclyn Jose, as well as the films Saving Sally by Avid Liongoren and Kita Kita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo.
The Film Ambassadors’ Night will be a festive night of celebrating triumphs and will also serve as a gathering of filmmakers to share their extraordinary experiences with one another and open doors for future collaboration.
The year 2019 is the banner year for the centennial celebration of the Philippine cinema. Following the Presidential Proclamation No. 622, series of 2018, FDCP is the lead agency for the historic event. As part of the commemoration, FDCP’s events throughout the year will follow the theme “Sandaan”, starting with the Film Ambassadors’ Night.
The list of Film Ambassadors will be announced soon.