The Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Film Academy of the Philippines agreed to link hands and efforts to push needed reforms in upgrading local cinema. This happened in a very opportune time inasmuch as the centennial of Philippine cinema looms in the year 2019.
Last Friday, Feb. 3, a delegation of officers from the Academy met with FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño at her office in T. M. Kalaw to discuss this matter.
The delegation included FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez; F AP deputy director general Rez Cortez (still a member of the newly elected Board of Directors of the Actors Guild of the Philippines); Director Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao, president of the United Film Editors Guild; Isagani Sioson, president of the Filipino Society of Cinema-tographers; Director Joel Apuyan, president of the Assistant Directors and Production Managers Guild; and Benjie Corpuz, newly elected vice-president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines.
Chairperson Diño and the FAP delegation found various concerns to address their efforts, foremost of which is the possible elevation of the FDCP into a commission. The Academy has been advocating this for several years, even during the terms of the two previous FDCP chairpersons, Rolando S. Atienza and Briccio Santos.
Hereunder is a press release from the FDCP regarding this matter:
Republic Act No. 9167 created the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) with its mandates to encourage activities that will promote growth and development of the local film industry and to enhance the skills of Filipino talents, among others. From thereon, FDCP has gradually improved the film industry through a duality of making its presence felt internationally and locally to increase awareness of the existence of the Filipino film industry.
The law also provides avenues to roll out FDCP’s projects to support in any manner it can. However, the limited scope of FDCP’s powers do not allow it to effectively manage the film industry.
The proposed Philippine Film Commission is intended to broaden its reach to support the film industry. Currently, FDCP has no police powers to settle disputes nor it has authority to handle industry issues.
The proposal, therefore, is to transform FDCP into a Philippine Film Commission that is truly representative of the Philippine film industry and of the country in the international scene. A film commission can oversee the local and international affairs of the film industry so it can be a contributory factor to economic development.
ASEAN countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia have already established their film commissions. Realistically, there is a positive correlation between countries having a film commission and their economic impact.
In the latest report of Theatrical Market Statistics 2015, the global section reveals that China earned $6.8 billion, Japan, $1.8 billion, and South Korea, $1.5 billion. In the same report, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hongkong placed in the Top 20 earnings the same, $0.3 billion. What do these countries have in common? They all have film commissions.
(Next: Areas of special concerns for the FDCP-FAP joint efforts)
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