General Mechanics

Alternative media groups PinoyMedia Center, Inc. and Mayday Multimedia are spearheading a call for Public Service Announcements (PSAs) centered on the theme of national sovereignty and independence. PSAs are short audio-visual works that aim to convey a strong, central message to its viewers. In 2007, audio-visual group Southern Tagalag Exposure and the Free Jonas Burgos Movement launched a highly successful call for PSAs on rampant human rights violations in the country, in an initiative called “Rights.” In the same vein, INDIEpendensya aims to generate public attention and discourse on pressing issues affecting our national sovereignty and independence.

The call for PSAs is open to any filmmaker or filmmaking groups working in mainstream or alternative circuits, as well as to student filmmakers. To encourage the youth’s participation, entries by student filmmakers will be competitive. Meanwhile, entries by working filmmakers will be non-competitive in nature.

All selected PSAs will be shown and disseminated widely online, through social media and in a webblog. They will also be screened at the INDIEpendensya Film Festival that will begin on September 17 and end on September 19, 2012, the anniversary of the Philippine Senate’s rejection of the US bases. During the Film Festival, renowned nationalist and anti-imperialist films will be shown for free. The Awards Night for the student competitive category will also be held on the Film Festival’s final night.

Furthermore, the PSAs will be screened in communities, factories, and schools throughout the year.

The PSAs will tackle topics related to the theme of national sovereignty and independence, including the following:

  • US military presence/ intervention in the Philippines
  • Social costs of US military presence, including impacts on women
  • Effects of neo-liberal globalization on different sectors of society
  • Foreign oil monopoly and oil price hikes
  • Foreign plunder of natural resources, such as mining
  • US and state-sponsored human rights violations
  • Cultural imperialism and the need for a nationalist & mass-oriented culture
  • The need for national industrialization
  • History of US-PH relations

INDIEpendensya will also host a discussion on the national situation, followed by free master classes on filmmaking. An initial discussion on the national situation will aim to provide participating filmmakers background information on issues related to the theme. This will be followed by a series of master classes on story development, cinematography, film editing and directing, which will be given by esteemed filmmakers.

GENERAL MECHANICS

1. The PSAs can tackle any topic on the theme of national sovereignty and independence, including but not limited to the following:

  • US military presence/ intervention in the Philippines
  • Social costs of US military presence, including impacts on women
  • Effects of neo-liberal globalization on different sectors of society
  • Foreign oil monopoly and oil price hikes
  • Foreign plunder of natural resources, such as mining
  • US and state-sponsored human rights violations
  • Cultural imperialism and the need for a nationalist & mass-oriented culture
  • The need for national industrialization
  • History of US-PH relations

2. The running time for PSAs must be from 15 seconds to three minutes. It can be in the form of  narrative, documentary style, animation/ motion graphics, and experimental, among others.

3. Completed PSAs can be submitted through an email to indiependensya@gmail.com. Kindly send download link from any video sharing or file sharing site. They can also be mailed or delivered to: 57 P. Burgos St., Project 4, Quezon City. Arrangements can also be made for submissions to be picked up by the Secretariat staff.

4. For the non-competitive category, the Secretariat will convene a committee to select PSAs that will be included for public screening. Decisions made by the committee are final and irrevocable, and need not be explained. Once selected, filmmakers will immediately be informed. Further arrangements will be made for submission of the screening copies of selected works.

5. Participating filmmakers can submit more than one work.

6. Previously screened or awarded works are accepted.

7. Filmmakers retain the rights and ownership of their work. They are responsible solely for its content, including copyright issues.

8. Filmmakers may screen submissions ahead of the Film Festival, however without claiming it to be part of INDIEpendensya, unless in a prior arrangement with the Secretariat.

9. The Secretariat has the right to disseminate and screen selected submissions for free during the Film Festival and in screenings in schools, workplaces, and communities. Donations and sponsorships may however be solicited by the Secretariat to cover expenses related to the screening and dissemination of the works.

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