Grace Poe files bill to give incentives for award-winning independent films

  • Page Views 2566
  • Senate Bill 165, or the Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act, aims to give independent films that won international awards incentives

    MANILA, Philippines – As several Filipino films – mostly independent – have received honors in prestigious film festivals abroad, Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill which would give incentives to these.

    According to a press release, Senate Bill 165 or the Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act proposed by Poe, Filipino “independent films winning the Best Film prize in respected international cinema festivals shall be given monetary incentives to honor their work.”

    “We have a great pool of artists and creators who have brought honor to our country through the outstanding films they have produced. It is high time to recognize them and encourage the rest of our indie filmmakers to make their mark, as we help the industry flourish,” Poe said in a statement.

    The Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act would grant an award-winning 90 to 120-minute full-length or documentary film a grant of P5 million, while a short film that runs for 20 minutes or less shall be given a grant of P3 million.

    Under section 4 of the bill, eligible full-length films “must be made by Filipino filmmakers who have not yet directed more than 3 full-length commercial feature films.”

    Furthermore, the total production budget of the full-length or documentary film should not exceed P3 million, while for short films, the budget cannot be more than P1 million.

    In the bill’s explanatory note, Poe said that films are a “mirror of our rich culture and a Filipino identity,” thus it should be given an importance by government.

    “The independent film industry has my unwavering support. Our filmmakers and actors have added greatly to the wealth of our culture and heritage. It is only proper for the government to acknowledge their efforts,” Poe also said in a statement.

    The senator also cited the movie Ma’Rosa directed by Brillante Mendoza which gained international recognition following the Best Actress win of Jaclyn Jose at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

    Mendoza also won Best Director in the 2009 edition of the same festival for the movie Kinatay.

    Other films such as Lav Diaz’s Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and his short film, Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas, also won at 62nd International Short Film Festival in Germany. – Rappler.com

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 29 October 2020
      12 hours ago No comment

      BC doctors encourage people to ‘mask up’

      Doctors of BC thanks Dr Bonnie Henry for her stronger stance on wearing a mask. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Doctors of BC applauds BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry for stating that it is now an expectation that British Columbians will wear masks when out in public spaces. ...

    • 29 October 2020
      12 hours ago No comment

      B.C. NDP wins election; Mable Elmore remains only Filipino MLA

      John Horgan and his B.C. NDP bet big in calling a snap election and took home the big prize. Horgan’s New Democrats are poised to form a majority government following the October 24, 2020 provincial election. Meanwhile, B.C. NDP member Mable Elmore won her fourth term as Member of ...

    • 22 October 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Trudeau survives confidence vote with NDP help

      There will be no federal election this fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal minority government survived a confidence vote on Wednesday (October 21). This means that the country will not have a snap election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau and the Liberals were supported by NDP, ...

    • 19 October 2020
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Government of Canada announces details for opening of 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

      Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, building further on the government’s commitment to reuniting families. Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 ...

    • 18 October 2020
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Filipino candidates Mable Elmore, Cyrus Sy, Jaeden Dela Torre run in October 24 B.C. election

      Three Filipino Canadians are running for seats in the B.C. Legislative Assembly in the provincial election on October 24, 2020. They are Mable Elmore, Cyrus Sy, and Jaeden Dela Torre. Elmore is seeking a fourth term as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Vancouver-Kensington. Elmore was first elected ...

    %d bloggers like this: