Established in 1981
as mandated by Executive Order No. 640-A, the Academy
has been able to forge an alliance among the various
guilds of the movie industry. Serving as the umbrella
organization, the Film Academy oversees the welfare
of the guilds thru an assortment of subsidies, projects
and opportunities that would bring about the upgrading
of the knowledge and expertise of the guild members.
The principal function of the Academy
is to give awards in recognition of the artistic
and technical excellence of the performances and
to accentuate the value of quality works of the
people behind the outstanding films shown during
the year. The Annual Academy Awards is intended
to provide the necessary motivation in enhancing
the craftmanship of movie industry workers that
will eventually uplift the quality of local films.
The Academy also assists in the staging
and managing of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival
from which proceeds the Film Academy gets a share
of 40%. Delegates to foreign film festivals are
primarily sent thru the intercession of the Academy.
The Academy also spearheads the collaboration of
the movie industry with government agencies in order
to gain opportunities for the guilds and its members.
Foreign productions wishing to shoot films in the
Philippines have to secure a clearance from the
Film Academy. In return, the Film Academy provides
all assistance required by the foreign producers,
from securing location permits, equipment rentals,
hiring talents and even accommodations and trustworthy
The policy-making body of the Film
Academy is the Board of Governors which is composed
of guild presidents and heads of affiliate organizations.
The Director-General, under the guidance of the
Chairman, is the head of operations who is assisted
by his Deputies and the Executive Secretary.