Jan 15
FAP FILES TRO RE FILMFEST AMUSEMENT TAX by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

The Film Academy of the Philippines has filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the NCAP from releasing the amount representing the amusement tax or any portion thereof to MMDA and MMFF Executive Committee.

NCAP is the National Cinema Association of the Philippines represented by Mr. Dominic Du who is also vice chairman of the Motion Picture Anti-Piracy Council.

Headed by FAP Director General Leo Martinez, members of the Film Academy of the Philippines trooped to the hall of justice inside the compound of the Quezon City Hall on Wednesday morning, January 15.

The crux of the matter is the amount of amusement tax collected by the theaters during the festival period, i.e. Metro Manila Film Festival duration from December 25, 2013 to January 7, 2014.

As per the forum with the FAP members, Mr. Martinez was questioning the method of computation being used by the MMFF committee in determining the amount to be distributed to the beneficiaries of the festival.

Further, Mr. Martinez stressed that the main objective was to get a reply from MMDA Chairman Tolentino on the questionable computation. And the Film Academy had resorted to filing a TRO because of Chairman Tolentino’s obvious snub.

Presently, the beneficiaries of the Metro Manila Film Festival are Mowelfund, FAP (Film Academy of the Philippines), OMB (Optical Media Board), Motion Picture Anti-Piracy Council, and the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines).

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