Cinema One Originals Festival is Canceled This Year; Deadline of Script Entries Extends

Cinema One Originals has put off its film festival this year amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has led to a Luzon-wide quarantine.

“After careful deliberation, we have decided to postpone this year’s C1 Originals given the detrimental COVID-19 pandemic we are facing,” said festival director Ronald Arguelles. “The health and safety of our filmmakers, artists and production teams is our priority.”

The Cinema One Originals, which is held during the last quarter every year in select theaters, will no longer be shown this year and instead will be postponed to 2021.

The deadline for script entries has also been extended in light of the postponement. Debuting filmmakers may now submit their entries until June 1, 2020 (Monday). These scripts must be complete, could either be original or adapted, and must be a directorial debut or a filmmaker’s second produced full-length feature film. Selected finalists will be granted PHP3 Million production budget each.

This year’s postponed festival was supposed to be the 16th year of Cinema One Originals.

Feature films from the festival over the years are also showcased on cable channel Cinema One Originals/Exclusives every Sunday and Wednesday night at 11 PM.

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