CFP Directory of World Cinema: Philippines
Editor: Paul Douglas Grant
The history of cinema in the Philippines is as much about the history of
film exhibition as it is about production. From the early Spanish
influence, to the dominance of American films, through the various Golden
Ages of Philippine cinema and the dark period of martial law, national
cinema becomes a kind of allegory of the complex hybrid history and culture
of this immense archipelago. The Directory of World Cinema: Philippines—a
contribution to the Intellect series "Directory of World Cinema"—seeks to
give a broad yet detailed account of this rich cinematic tradition, which
remains largely unknown outside of the Philippines or by non-specialists.
One of the primary aims of this book is to draw attention to the
Philippines regional cinematic history by exploring films produced in
regions, languages and dialects issuing from among others Iloilo, Negros
Occidental, Mindanao and of course Cebu, a once serious contender to
Manila's cinematic hegemony.
The volume thus seeks:
500 word contributions on festivals throughout the Philippines (.MOV,
Cinema Rehiyon, Cinemalaya, Binisaya Film Festival, Sineng Pambansa, etc.),
as these are in large part the loci of exhibition for the regional cinemas.
Apart from specialized contributions on these otherwise untapped regions,
the volume seeks entries on films and filmmakers that form the canon of
Philippine film history, such as: Gerardo De Leon, Mike De Leon, Kidlat
Tahimik, Lav Diaz, Raya Martin, Brillante Mendoza, Lino Brocka, Ismael
Bernal, Peque Gallaga, Raymond Red, Nick Deocampo, Marilou Diaz-Abaya etc..
Director essays should not exceed 5,000 words.
Film entries are to be 1000 word scholarly reviews. Should a particular
film appear to deserve longer treatment such an option can be discussed
with the editor.
1000 word explorations of the history of film writing in and on Philippine
cinema, such as traditional histories like Nick Deocampo's monumental work
or the active Filipino community of film critics/bloggers.
Finally, essays on pre-1940s film exhibition and production in the
Philippines are of particular interest, the word count of such essays is
negotiable based on the material.
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