(The 23rd CCP Independent Film and Video Competition)
22 to 25 November 2011
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)
Awards Night: 25 November 2011, Friday
Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (The CCP Independent Film & Video Competition)
promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year's most outstanding film and video artists.
It is also the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia.
Clashes between artistic freedom and religious sensibilities occur from time to time, and they become even more contentious when art, whether in the form of a novel, a sculpture, or a painting, is subsidized with public funds.
The controversy over the Kulô exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines is not unique to this country. Neither are the demands for the CCP board members to resign, the threats to cut the CCP budget, the insults, hate messages, and death threats both the board as well as the artist have received, and even the vandalism of parts of the exhibit.
Cesar Hernando's Mula sa Mga Aninong Gumagalaw: Behind The Scenes 1971-2001 collects snapshots taken by the artist over te course of three decades working in Philippine Cinema. A Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, he begas as assistant director to National Artist Ishmael Bernal for his debut feature, Pagdating sa Dulo (1971). Later on, he would garner accolades and awards for his meticulously researched and imaginative designs for Mike de Leon's kisapmata (1981) and AKO Batch '81 (1982) as well as for Maryo J. de los Reyes's Tagos ng Dugo (1987) starring Vilma Santos. But aside from the mainstream, he was also a key figure in the underground cinema of the 1980s -- a precursor to the "indie" scene in the 2000s -- by collaborating with a new generation of filmmakers including Palm D'Or recipient, Raymond Red. He would do production design on the latter's first full-length feature, Bayani (1993). Hernando would also design Lav Diaz's five-hour film, Batang West Side (2001).
Photo is the promotional poster for Patikul, which is directed by Joel Lamangan. Story and screenplay is by CMC's very own Kristoffer Brugada, BA Film, '00. This story and screenplay won first prize at the 2010 Palanca Awards for Literature.