MOWELFUND stands for Movie Workers Welfare Foundation, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit social welfare, educational and industry development foundation organized and established in 1974 and registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 3, 1974 under Registration No. 59014.
It was founded by then San Juan Mayor and President of the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association (PMPPA) Joseph E. Estrada for the welfare of workers in the Philippine motion picture industry.
It has expanded the Manila Film Festival to become the now-popular Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and helped rationalize the movie industry with its contributions in creating agencies like the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), and reorganizing the Board of Censors to become the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). It has also initiated the campaign against film and video piracy.
MOWELFUND continuously strives to provide aid to movie workers in times of sickness, disability, accident and death.
MOWELFUND is accredited as a DONEE INSTITUTION by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and certified by the Bureau of Internal Revenue under Certificate of Registration No. 011-2007.
MOWELFUND is the leading film and resource center manned by competent, creative and compassionate staff, workers and officers working under a visionary and value-based leadership that contributes to the overall improvement of the Philippine Film Industry and the empowerment of the communities it serves.
MOWELFUND aims to develop and uplift the state of the Philippine Film Culture through educational and developmental initiatives; responsive welfare programs; local and international linkages and partnership; and resource generation.
A. SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAM
MOWELFUND’s Social Welfare Program aims to help the poor and underpaid movie workers, who work on a per picture basis such as stuntman, bit players, technicians, checkers, make-up artists, cameraman, props men, and other film crew members who do not have private insurance coverages and SSS benefits:
1. MEDICAL AID – P7,000 per confinement, maximum of three (3) confinements per year
2. SURGICAL AID – P12,000 per confinement, maximum of one (1) confinement per year
3. CONTINUING MEDICATION BENEFIT – P3,000 given once a year
4. DEATH AID – P25,000 payable to beneficiaries or directly to the attending funeral parlor
5. FREE CLINIC - On its anniversary every March, a Free Clinic Day for members and their families is conducted providing free medical and dental services, with fun and games for their children.
6. LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM – Training for alternative sources of income such as basic haircutting, reflexology, food processing, candle making, cleansing liquids production, computer literacy and other livelihood projects.
7. HOUSING – For qualified members, in cooperation with GAWAD KALINGA.
For the past 35 years, MOWELFUND has extended medical aid to some 4,500 members and death aid to more than 700 members’ beneficiaries.
B. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The Educational Program has been implemented by the MOWELFUND FILM INSTITUTE (MFI) since its inception in 1979. The MFI is a unique film training in Southeast Asia that caters to the needs of the mainstream film industry and independent cinema.
The Institute is a response to the need to raise consciousness among filmmakers and audiences for a better film culture in the country. It adheres to the following objectives:
1. Develop a wider base of filmmakers
2. Develop alternative film venues
3. Develop wider film usage
In its pursuit to educate young filmmakers and to elevate the quality of cinematic art in the country, the MFI is active in the following areas:
- RESOURCE CENTER
- SINE BIYAHE
- GRANTS AND FUNDS GENERATION
Distinguished local and foreign guest lecturers are invited to conduct workshops and seminars, which attract students from top universities and professionals from the film industry. Its alumni have won awards for their innovative works in local and international short film festivals. Among the most notable is Raymond Red, who won the Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or for short film in May 2000.
One of its programs is the safeguarding of film artifacts and records of the past. Its library keeps a wealth of data on the Philippine movie industry and its alternative forms. MFI’s film archives has the largest collection of short films and a few classics.
The MFI nurtures the dream of uplifting the state of local cinema.
In educating the young artists, it approaches the fulfillment of this dream. Within its embrace, a new movement in Philippine Cinema is born – the Cinema of the Young.