The film industry road mapping project enters its focus group discussion phase on Wednesday, August 6, as 13 film-related groups meet at the Fair Trade Alliance office at the 3rd floor of the PRRM Building at the corner of Mother Ignacia Ave. and Dr. Lazcano St., Quezon City.
The FTA has already scheduled five such focus group discussion meetings up to November 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 FGD meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with officers and representatives of the initial 13 groups in attendance.
Scheduled for the August 6 meeting are the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc., the Actors’ Guild, the FILSCAP, the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the Organization of Specialized Filmmakers, the United Film Editors’ Guild of the Philippines, the Stuntmen Federation of the Philippines, the Talents and Extras Association of the Philippines, the Dubbers’ Association of the Philippines, the Technicians’ Association for Motion Pictures, the United Film Musical Directors Association of the Philippines and the Independent Filmmakers’ Cooperative.
Other groups will hold their focus group discussions on August 29, September 19, October 15 and November 21.
The FTA has disseminated a questionnaire for the road mapping discussions. It is subdivided into three main subjects—Industry situation, vision and strategies.
The industry situation is further subdivided 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.
Under vision, the following questions must be thoroughly discussed and considered:
–What do the stakeholders want for the film industry?
–In what ways would the revival of the film industry benefit the country and its citizens?
–Do the stakeholders envision the film industry as being at par with the film industries of India and Korea?
–How can the film industry further its role in creating a Filipino cultural identity?
The three main questions under strategies are as follows:
–What measures should be adopted in order to ensure the development of the industry?
–What policies must be adopted to protect and develop the industry and its workers, including possible importation quotas and taxes?
–What kinds of support must be given to the industry with the possible creation of a government agency that will oversee the industry?
The other FGD schedules and the groups that will attend are listed down as follows:
August 29 — Actors Workshop Foundation Inc., Filipino Society of Cinematographers, Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association, the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines, the Sound Directors’ Association and the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines.
September 19 — 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.
October 15 — the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board, the Cinema Values Reorientation Program, and the Optical Media Board.
November 21 — 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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