FDCP’s Acerca seminar
Twenty staff members of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP) took part in the first-ever Acerca seminar held in the Philippines, Sept. 9 – 11. With the topic “Towards the Creation of a National Film Archives,” the seminar focused on the organization, restoration, preservation, and conservation of the rich film heritage of the country, as well as on the international regulations on film heritage and the best ways to implement them.
The seminar was co-organized by the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines together with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in cooperation with FDCP and NFAP.
Pablo García Casado, director of the Filmoteca de Andalucía, was flown in from Spain to head the seminar. The Filmoteca is the film archives and Cinematheque of the Andalusian region of Spain and is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). He is also an acclaimed poet, with a degree in law from the University of Colombia.
Casado began the seminar with a historical introduction to film archiving, followed by interactive discussions that fleshed out the issues of what, why, and for whom to preserve and restore film. On the second day, he covered the national and international regulations on film heritage, regulations formulated by FIAF, and the challenges that archives face in the digital era. Finally, he discussed the issues of accessibility, exhibition, and education on the final day of the seminar.
The closing ceremony was held on Sept. 11. Spanish Ambassador Luis Calvo and FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos presented certificates of completion to the participants. In his closing remarks the Ambassador noted that Spain and the Philippines share a cultural legacy and common treasury, attributing cinema to being an object of cooperation. Likewise, Santos emphasized, “Our efforts to preserve our film heritage are vital and foremost. It is not a choice, but a matter of national obligation and a lifetime commitment by the state.”
Casado was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the FDCP for sharing his expertise and knowledge to his colleagues in the Philippines.
The Acerca Programme was created in 2005 by AECID. Over the course of a decade, over 22,000 people have participated in more than 600 activities organized in more than 33 countries around the world. The primary goal of ACERCA is to support and promote training and build capacities of practitioners in the cultural sector as a contribution to development and collective welfare.
The Acerca seminar was the culmination of plans made during a trip by FDCP Chairman Santos and FDCP Executive director Teodoro Granados in 2013 to the Filmoteca Española and Instituto de la Cinematografica y de las Artes Audiovisuales in Spain. The trip was a conducted in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the PICE Visitors Program.
The seminar was held at the Asian Institute of Management.