DILG sets July 31 deadline for short film proposals for CineMarya

June 8, 2018

Filmmakers have until July 31, 2018 to submit their film proposals for the first women’s film festival in the Philippines dubbed as “CineMarya” initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

DILG Assistant Secretary Marjorie N. Jalosjos says film proposals should focus on themes tackling women empowerment, different roles of women in the society, awareness about diverse social issues on women and equality, and other related women issues.

“Through CineMarya, we want to bring to the big screen women’s issues and concerns in order to push local governments to uphold women’s rights, welfare and benefits,” says Jalosjos, who was designated by DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano to handle the Department’s Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy.

She says ten proposals will be chosen and given a seed money of P100,000 for the production of 10 to 20 minute short films. Four project proposals from Luzon, three from Visayas, and three from Mindanao will be selected by the selection committee through a blind selection process.

“CineMarya stems from the DILG’s aim for local government units (LGUs) to mainstream GAD and the Magna Carta for Women into their local plans, programs and activities,” says Jalosjos.

She says that the CineMarya initiative of the DILG is an educational and artistic support mechanism for LGUs vying for the DILG Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

The SGLG is a progressive assessment system given yearly to select LGUs that meet good governance standards across several areas including social protection of women.

“Through short films focused on women and GAD, local governments will be able to learn experientially,” she said.

First LGU partner

Jalosjos says the Quezon City Government, through the Office of Vice Mayor Joy G. Belmonte, has joined CineMarya as partner.

“The Quezon City Government is our first local government partner for this artistic GAD advocacy. We are grateful for their support especially that they are credible and active in gender-sensitive local governance,” she says.

The DILG is the chair of the CineMarya Executive Committee (ExeCom) while FDCP headed by Mary Liza B. Dino-Seguerra is the vice chair.

The ExeCom members are PCW Commissioner Noreen B. Capili, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux J. Uson, Quezon City Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte, Lady Legislators’ League of the Philippines (4L) President Jo Kristine C. Revil, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairperson Virgilio S. Almario, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Maria Rachel J. Arenas, Film Academy of the Philippines Director General Leo G. Martinez, and Ginnie W. Oribiana of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP).

Incentive awards

The Execom will serve as panelists for the CineMarya which shall have incentive awards for the finalists.

These include a Best Picture Award with PhP20,000, trophy, and certificate; Josefa Llanes Escoda Award with PhP15,000, trophy, and certificate; Jury Prize Award People's Choice Award with P15,000, trophy, and certificate; Marya Award with PhP10,000, trophy, and certificate; and People's Choice Award with PhP10,000, trophy, and certificate. Other CineMarya partners may also opt to give special awards.

Interested filmmakers may submit their entries through with themes on battling violence against women, Marawi women and the City’s rehabilitation, or Magna Carta for Women.

Applicants must be Filipino citizens or is a Philippine passport holder and must be at least 18 years old. Even those who have not yet made a feature film or a documentary film are welcome to apply.