In a gesture of trust and recognition that the Cinemalaya Indie Filmfest has carved an enviable record in fostering local cinema, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board had actually allowed Cinemalaya to exercise self-regulation during the 2013 edition held last July 26 to August 4.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), which organized the filmfest, and the MTRCB signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) allowing Cinemalaya producers to self-regulate their respective entries.
MTRCB Chairman Atty. Toto Villareal clarified that under the memo of agreement, his office didn’t review CCP-Cinemalaya entries anymore since they did practice self-regulation in the classification of their films in three major categories.
Even Cinemalaya films shown outside the Cultural Center—in commercial establishments like Trinoma, Greenbelt and Alabang Center—did not go through MTRCB review and self-regulation was practiced instead.
“Any venue, or even commercial establishments used for government purposes (CCP is a government office) becomes a government facility,” says Villareal.
Self-regulation however ends once any Cinemalaya 2013 film is shown on commercial run, Villareal explained. Then each film will have to undergo MTRCB review, he added.
During the entire run of the filmfest, Villareal made sure that the Cinemalaya entries were shown in the official list of theaters provided him by the CCP.
Up to this date, no 2013 Cinemalaya Indie Filmfest entry has been shown commercially, except for the Vilma Santos-starrer Ekstra, directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, which started showing last Wednesday, August 14.
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