Philippines Appoints New CEO to Film Development Council, Tokyo Festival Reteams With Amazon – Global Bulletin07/06/2022
New president of the Philippines Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday swore in a swath of new officials at government agencies. Among them, veteran actor Tirso Cruz III, was appointed as chair and chief executive of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). He replaces Liza Dino Seguerra who has held the post for the past four years. In a Facebook posting, Seguerra said that she had not been officially informed of her replacement, but that nevertheless she would ensure a smooth transition.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The Tokyo International Film Festival has announced that it will partnering with Prime Video for a second time to present the Amazon Prime Video Take One Award. It aims to discover talented new directors through an open call for short film submissions. Finalists will be screened at the 35th TIFF, to be held from Oct. 24 – Nov. 2, 2022. Separately, the festival announced that it will hold its Children Meet Cinema, youth filmmaking workshops. Hayakawa Chie, whose feature debut “Plan 75” was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and received a Special Mention from the Camera d’Or jury, will be the lead mentor for the TIFF 2022: Teens Meet Cinema production workshop.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival – delayed due to COVID from its usual Spring timing to August – will put on a 10-title retrospective feting local cinema in the 25 years since 1997. They include: “Little Cheung,” by Fruit Chan (1999); “Shaolin Soccer,” by Stephen Chow (2001); animation “My Life as McDull,” by Toe Yuen (2001); “PTU,” by Johnnie To (2003); “One Nite in Mongkok,” by Derek Yee (2004); “The Warlords,” by Peter Chan Ho-sun (2007); “A Simple Life,” by Ann Hui (2011); “The Grandmaster,” by Wong Kar-wai (2013); “Port of Call,” by Philip Yung (2015) and “Better Days,” by Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung (2019). The festival will run Aug. 15-31, 2022 as a hybrid event.
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