Greetings from the Cultural Center of the Philippines!
We are sending you the statement and response of Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado to Kidlat Tahimik’s decision to return his Cinemalaya Achievement award as reported in the following articles (attached to this email):
1. Kidlat Tahimik protests Cinemalaya scrapping of New Breed category, April 6, 2015, RAPPLER
2. Protesting changes, Kidlat returns Cinemalaya award, April 1, 2015, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Inquirer.net
Links to the articles
Just to provide you with the context and background, Cinemalaya came to know of Kidlat’s gesture through social media before the articles came out in PDI and Rappler. Cinemalaya officers talked to Kidlat over the phone and he told them that he was returning his Lifetime Achievement Award “to provoke” a discussion regarding Cinemalaya’s decision to merge the New Breed section and the Director’s showcase.
STATEMENT OF CINEMALAYA FESTIVAL DIRECTOR CHRIS MILLADO ON KIDLAT TAHIMIK’S RETURN OF HIS CINEMALAYA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Merging the New Breed section and the Director’s showcase strengthens Cinemalaya’s resolve to support, develop and showcase the works of the burgeoning generation of filmmakers. The environment for filmmaking has changed since Kidlat became one of its pioneers more than thirty years ago. These conditions prompted Cinemalaya to review and realign its strategy while keeping its original vision. The merging of the New Breed and Directors Showcase sections recognises the potency of the new as it engages with the established. The “story” and innovative ways of telling continues to be the main focus of Cinemalaya films and this is where the new breed derives its power. The merging of the sections allows Cinemalaya to schedule more screenings of films therefore giving them more exposure and an increased cash subsidy for film production. We believe that the process of monitoring, guidance and mentorship which Cinemalaya has provided to new filmmakers has contributed to the success of many and we have broadened this opportunity by establishing the Cinemalaya Institute.
We will be having a meeting with Kidlat so that he may understand and appreciate the strategy of Cinemalaya for the next ten years and assure him that we are one with the vision of developing new and independent films in the Philippines.
Currently, there are 150 short film features and 120 full length feature proposals that have been submitted to Cinemalaya for consideration for the upcoming Festivals in 2015 and 2016.
Cinemalaya Phiippine Independent Film Festival