The focus group discussion phase of film industry road mapping project held the first of five such meetings last Wednesday, August 6, 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. Four other focus group discussion meetings will follow within a four-month schedule to end in 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 first FGD meeting was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with officers and representatives of several local film industry guilds or organizations. Those who attended the meeting were Director Joel Lamangan, President of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Director Carlitos Siguion Reyna of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc., Musical Scorer and FILSCAP Chairman Mon del Rosario, Zahn Garduce, president of the Organization of Specialized Filmmakers, Rey Solo of the Stuntmen Federation of the Philippines and Freddie de Leon.
Catherine Manzano, project coordinator of the road mapping project, was the facilitator of the focus group meeting which tackled the three main subjects of the local film industry situation, vision and strategies.
The industry situation is further sub-divided 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.
The initial meeting brought out the following subjects which still need further and more extensive discussion in the next four focus group discussions:
- The creation of a Philippine Film Commission that will be composed of the film industry stakeholders, the academe and the government.
- A program to focus on the plight of the film industry workers (working conditions, social protection, etc.)
- The implementation of skills upgrading programs that would allow movie workers to become competitive, specially in terms of technology.
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 Re-orientation 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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