The board of governors of the Film Academy of the Philippines decided during a meeting on Thursday, May 23, to reschedule to July 27 the FAP general assembly at the Mowelfund grounds to spell out what it will take to achieve a revitalized and expanded Academy and, more importantly, a vibrant and united local motion picture industry.
The board of governors is inviting guild officer and members to submit suggestions for discussion during the assembly which will be a far-reaching and once-in-a-decade undertaking that will hopefully enable the various guilds under its umbrella to align their programs to the new and high-tech realities of global filmmaking.
Several months ago—before the Academy became engrossed in the forthcoming 31st Luna Awards set for June 1—FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez has urged all the guilds of the Academy to further invigorate their recruitment of new members who will be admitted to their particular guilds on July 27. He added that it is about time that new members and leaders must now have more participation in the activities of the guilds.
Since the Academy was created by executive order more than 30 years ago, the following guilds of filmmakers and film workers have been functioning under the Academy’s umbrella: the producers, the directors, the actors and actresses, the scriptwriters, the cinematographers, the editors, the production designers, the musical directors, the sound engineers, the assistant directors and production managers.
Martinez said that it is time that we finally remove the distinction between mainstream cinema and indie films. All filmmakers and film workers in both mainstream and indie films must unite and join their respective guilds, he stressed.
In this way, we can realize a revitalized and expanded motion picture industry to enable us to meet the challenges of new technologies and equipment in the motion picture-making process worldwide, Martinez said.
Programs and/or seminars on leadership training, an updated data base of film workers, and the issuance of new IDs will necessarily follow, he added.
A special committee headed by Director William Mayo , president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association (PMPDA), is now drawing up a program for the July 27 general assembly meeting.
Director-General Martinez said that various speakers will discuss current trends and technologies in the motion picture industry in both local and global levels.
Offhand, there are several special interest subjects that necessitate urgent attention from the Academy, Director Mayo explained, adding that they will invite to the July 27 general assembly agenda resource speaks to expound and better explain these ,matters to the guild members.
One such topic is the new filmmaking technology and movie-making processes, specially in the area of cameras now being used, the process of online editing and the high-tech generation of images by computer. Local filmmakers and film workers must orient themselves with the new system of film exhibition in local cinemas, with SM cinemas now reverting to discs instead of reels of negatives for projection to the screen.
The above-mentioned subject is an integral part of the forthcoming efforts by the local motion picture industry stakeholders and leaders to prime up the Philippines as a competitor in the global film arena.
The general assembly will also tackle the emerging subject of intellectual property rights as they apply to films as the July 27 meeting will feature a resource person from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines who will speak on how filmmakers—from directors to scriptwriters and even performers to cinematographers—may get royalties from the showing of films they were involved in producing.
Further stressing the welfare of film workers as a whole, measures to further revitalize and provide financial assistance to the Mowelfund will be included in the agenda of the July 27 assembly.
Another point of special interest is the Luna Awards which will be on its 31st year this June. Discussions will be rife for strengthening the citer-nominator-voter system of this annual peer award and discuss possible revisions in the criteria for judging. The exhibition in commercial cinema provision might undergo changes that will enable indie films which are exhibited minimally be eligible for awards too.
To be discussed thoroughly is the fact that the Film Academy is a quasi-government entity to find out what advantages such a situation can generate.
Present members of all the guilds under the Academy are enjoined to assist in the recruitment campaign of their guilds.
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