Dozens of Filipino filmmakers and producers have joined forces to help save the Philippine cinema amid worries over its current struggling state.
On Wednesday, members of the Producer ng Mga Pelikulang Pilipino sa Asya (PMPPA) gathered for a meeting to discuss and appeal for the future of the local film industry.
Just finished a productive #PMPPA meeting. Looking forward to many meetings to push for our Philippine movies. We are all united now so that we can be heard as one. Together hopefully we can make things happen. This is just the beginning. We need to save the film industry now! #savetheplanetANDthefilmindustry #ProducerngMgaPelikulangPilipinosaAsya #pwerausog
“Just finished a productive #PMPPA meeting. Looking forward to many meetings to push for our Philippine movies. We are all united now so that we can be heard as one. Together hopefully we can make things happen. This is just the beginning. We need to save the film industry now!,” captioned director Erik Matti to a group photo uploaded on his Instagram account.
The BuyBust director is one of the few film personalities who have been outspoken about the dire situation of Philippine cinema. Just this February, Direk Erik courted headlines after publishing a lengthy rant on Facebook about the concerning lack of support for the industry.
“Someone should do something about it. Government should intervene. This is not a slow death anymore. We are on life support and we need resuscitation. No more pointing fingers. I think we’re beyond that at this point. This is a plea for help,” he said.
“We cannot go on making movies where no one sees them. We cannot blindly just trudge along busily working on our films without thinking about whether all this passion is really worth it. We cannot keep on spending millions for movies that no one gets to see. This is alarming. SOMEONE SOMEWHERE SOMEHOW SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS,” he added.
Fellow award-winning filmmaker Ricky Lee has said that the current rise of digital platforms is a huge factor in declining state of the industry.
"Hindi mo naman mapipigilan ang mga tao ngayon na manuod sa gadgets etc. Ang kailangang ipaglaban ay ang magkaroon ng espasyo sa big screen, so malaki ang maitutulong ng gobyerno at ng mga sinehan. And that make the cinemas more accessible, e ang mahal mahal,” he said.
"Dapat fair chance ibigay sa lahat ng klase ng pelikula, rather than investing lang sa very commercial na pelikula,” he added.
Other personalities who have given their two cents on the issue were actor Ogie Diaz and FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chair Liza Diño.