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'Ploning:' The Philippines' entry to 2009 Oscars!

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PloningThe Film Academy of the Philippines' (FAP) Board of Governors has recently approved the selection of Judy Ann Santos-starrer "Ploning," as the country's official entry to the 2009 Oscar Awards' best foreign language film category.

A five-member special committee, chaired by National Artist for film Eddie Romero, was tasked to select the country's entry. The selections were narrowed down to two films, "Ploning" and "Caregiver." Three against two members voted for "Ploning."

 

The special committee members were Director Jose Carreon, secretary of the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; Director William Mayo, President of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association; Johnny Delgado, Chairman of the Actors' Workshop Foundation; Pablo S. Gomez, President of the Screenwriters' Guild of the Philippines; and Manny Morfe, President of the Productions Designers Guild of the Philippines.

"Ploning" and "Caregiver" were initially included in a six-film short list, which were all reviewed by the committee last August 12 and 14 at the FAP office in Quezon City.

Also reviewed were "Tribu," a Cinemalaya festival winner, and "Endo." The producers of two other films— "Pisay" and "Serbis" (the Filipino entry in the last Cannes Film festival)—failed to submit DVD or VCD copy of their films and were not reviewed by the committee.

Rules for the Oscars' best foreign language film award category require accurate English subtitles of the entry. Only one entry will be accepted from each country.

Entries that will be nominated on January 22, 2009 will be required to provide a second-English-language subtitled print of the film to facilitate voting screenings.

All entries will be screened by the Oscars' Foreign Language Film Award Committee(s), whose members will vote via secret ballot to nominate five foreign language films for this award.

Congratulations to Ms. Judy Ann Santos and Panoramanila Pictures Co.! Sulit ang pagod natin!

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