On 2nd September 2011, the Film Academy of the Philippines released the official list of the six films eligible to represent our country for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
These six films were Rosario, Senior Year, Presa, Dalaw, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank and Ikaw ang Pagibig. Two more films, Thelma and Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington were also previewed for re-consideration. But in the end, Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank bested over 7 films for their “Oscar-worthiness”.
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The committee, which is chaired by National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero , has a new array of members like actress-director Gina Alajar; FAP’s new deputy director-general and actor-director Robert Arevalo; Director’s Guild of the Philippines, Inc.’s Jose N. Carreon; director and Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association President William Mayo; Production Designers Guild of the Philippines President Manny Morfe; United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines President Jess Navarro; and director Elwood Perez.
Since 1996, a FAP committee had been selecting the country’s annual entry to the foreign language film category. These films were as follows: Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin (Reyna Films) directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (1996); Milagros (Merdeka Films) directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1997); Sa Pusod ng Dagat (GMA Films) directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1998); Saranggola (GMA Films/Teamwork Productions) directed by Gil Portes (1999);Anak (Star Cinema) directed by Rory B. Quintos (2000); Gatas…Sa Dibdib ng Kaaway (Crown Seven Ventures) directed by Gil Portes (2001); Mga Munting Tinig (Teamwork Films) directed by Gil Portes (2002); Dekada ’70 (Star Cinema) directed by Chito Rono (2003); Crying Ladies (Unitel Productions) directed by Mark Meily (2004);Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (U.F.O. Films) directed by Aureus Solito (2006); Donsol (Bicycle Productions) directed by Adolf Alix (2007); Ploning (Panoramanila) directed by Dante Nico Garcia (2008); Ded na si Lolo (APT Entertainment) directed by Soxie Topacio (2009); Noy (Cinemedia Film Productions) directed by Dondon Santos (2010) and finally this year, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (Martinez-Rivera Films) directed by Marlon Rivera.