CFP Directory of World Cinema: Philippines

full name / name of organization: 
Paul Douglas Grant / University of San Carlos Cebu
contact email: 
pdgrant@usc.edu.ph

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.

Send queries or contributions to: pdgrant@usc.edu.ph

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
journals_and_collections_of_essays
popular_culture