The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will once again honor the stalwarts of Philippine cinema whose performances and film work have brought recognition to our country through their awards and citations from the world’s leading international film festivals. , during the 6th Film Ambassador’s Night on February 27, 2022 at the reopened Historic Metro Manila Theater.Each year, the Film Ambassador’s Night aims to recognize films and filmmakers that have done the Philippines proud over the past year – films that have competed and screened on the world stage, placing Filipino talent side by side with the best in the world.
Over the past five years of this gathering of some of the brightest artists in the Philippine film industry, the FDCP has honored a total of 319 film ambassadors. The list grows even longer with the addition of 77 winners for this year’s award.
“This is another year of victories with the best of the best Filipino films being recognized around the world, showcasing our cultural heritage in filmmaking over the years. As we continue to reach new heights on the world stage, we applaud every filmmaker who has shared their talent, creativity and passion with the world. We have created this evening to celebrate you,” Liza Diño, President and CEO of FDCP, expressed her excitement for this year’s award.
The annual ceremony will also feature the evening’s special honors – the Camera Obscura Award, the highest honor given by the FDCP to a film worker or film project of extraordinary achievement with two recipients and the Gabay ng Industriya (Ilaw ng Industriya and Haligi ng Industriya), given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions during their lifetime and have become respected pillars of the Philippine film industry. The winners of these will be announced by the Agency in the coming days.
2021 has been a difficult year for the industry with the global pandemic limiting distribution opportunities, on-the-ground events and filming logistics. As Filipino cinema continues to make the transition and overcome challenges, notable recognitions and major league appearances in the international film scene are a cause worthy of celebration on this long-awaited occasion.
The 6th Annual Film Ambassadors Night will be an exclusive, invitation-only event for this year’s winners at the MET Theater, the perfect venue for this all-important event, Manila’s cultural gem that recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. The event organized in hybrid format will be broadcast on the FDCP channel at a later date.
Last year, Filipino films and filmmakers were celebrated at leading international film festivals. Among the three greatest are: John Arcilla for On the Job: The Missing 8, If the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon) by Carlo Franciso Manatad for his numerous citations at the biggest international film festivals – 74th Festival du film de Locarno in Switzerland, at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada and at the 52nd International Film Festival of India. Gensan Punch by Brillante Mendoza, 34th Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan, and 2 prizes at the 26th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, also won top awards from Asian film festivals. (PR)