The second focus group discussion for the Philippine film industry road mapping project will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at the Fair Trade Resource Center, 3rd floor of the PRRM Headquarters at the corner of Mother Ignacia Ave. and Dr. Lazcano St., Quezon City. Invited to the focus group discussions are Film Academy of the Philippine Director General Leo G. Martinez and four guild residents—Isagani Sioson of the Filipino Society of Cinematographers; William Mayo of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association; Manny Morfe of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; and Pablo S. Gomez of the Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines.
They will be tackling the various problems being faced by the local film industry with the aim of crafting recommendations on how this industry can further develop, including short, medium and long term plans that would ensure the sustainability of this very viable industry.
The first focus discussion was held last August 6. Three more focus group discussion meetings will follow to firm up a unified position regarding the situation in the local film industry and the vision to be drawn up and strategies to be undertaken to ensure the development of the film industry.
The first FGD meeting was attended by officers and members of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc., the Musical Scorer and FILSCAP, the Organization of Specialized Filmmakers and the Stuntmen Federation of the Philippines.
The local film industry situation has been further sub-divided into three main topics. These are the following:
–The significant changes that occurred within the industry since its golden era in the areas of technology, skills upgrading, quality and quantity of output, government support and policies.
–The current rate of employment in the film industry, including the factors that affect the employment rate, the state of occupational safety and health standards and working conditions, workers’ benefits, bargaining power and the allied industries of the local film industry.
–The government’s role in the development of the film industry which include support and initiated programs to upgrade the industry and its workers.
The initial meeting brought out the following subjects which still need further and more extensive discussion in the next four focus group discussions:
- The creation of a Philippine Film Commission that will be composed of the film industry stakeholders, the academe and the government.
- A program to focus on the plight of the film industry workers (working conditions, social protection, etc.)
- The implementation of skills upgrading programs that would allow movie workers to become competitive, specially in terms of technology.
The other FGD schedules and the groups that will attend are listed down as follows:
Third focus group discussion—Cinema Evaluation Board, the National Cinema Association of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, the Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the UP Film Institute, the Cinemalaya Foundation and the Quezon City Film Development Commission.
Fourth focus group discussion—the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board, the Cinema Values Re-orientation Program, and the Optical Media Board.
Fifth focus group discussion—ABS-CBN Star Cinema, GMA Films, Movie Producers and Distributors Association of the Philippines, the Prodyuser ng mga Pelikulang Pilipino sa Asya, Inc. and the Professional Association of Managers.
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