Director Gil Portes said campaigning for “Ma’ Rosa” as the country’s official entry to next year’s Oscars entails an additional budget to enhance its entry into the Magic Five.
Portes said the producer has to provide DVD copies for the voting members of the Academy. He shared how the Academy seemingly favors movies with hope and love over those with dark themes. He added that getting the right PR company in the US is also a factor. The multi-awarded director’s previous Oscars experience was when his “Saranggola,” “Mga Munting Tinig” and “Gatas Sa Dibdib Ng Kaaway” were submitted as the Philippines’ official entries to the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category at various times in the past.