Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act

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An Act supporting the production of Philippine independent films by providing incentives to filmmakers who are given honors in notable international film competitions.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

More than a source of entertainment, our locally produced films are a mirror of

the society. How we grow as a nation is essentially reflected by our local films. More

importantly, the Filipino movie industry is a potent tool for educating the public and is

likewise a catalyst for public opinion.

Films are part and parcel of our heritage. They are what the 1987

Constitution recognizes as the nation’s artistic and historic wealth. This is one reason

why the fundamental law provided in Article XIV, Section 14 that “The State shall

foster the preservation, enrichment, and dynamic evolution of a Filipino national

culture based on the principle of unity in diversity in a climate of free artistic and

intellectual expression.”

In the same vein, the succeeding section provides “Arts and letters shall enjoy

the patronage of the State. The State shall conserve, promote, and popularize the

nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as artistic creations.”

These tenets are the inspiration of this proposed measure.

Recently, some of our Filipino filmmakers have made waves in the arena of

filmmaking both locally and abroad. Several of their cinematic works were critically

acclaimed while actors and directors have been recognized internationally. The

Filipino film has made its mark in the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival,

Venice International Film Festival, and the British Independent Film Awards.

Brillante Mendoza is one of the most celebrated Filipino film directors being

awarded the Best Director, Prix de la mise en scène, for his 2009 film “Kinatay” in

the Cannes Film Festival. This is just one of the many awards he received from

international bodies for his film creations.

Last May 2016, Jaclyn Jose starred in Brillante Mendoza’s Palme d’Or-

nominated film “Ma’Rosa” where she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best

Actress. This is a historic feat because Jose is the first Southeast Asian to be

conferred with the award.

For its part, the Philippines, through the annual Cinemalaya Philippine

Independent Film Festival and other indie film festivals that screen short films and

full-length titles, have been instrumental in encouraging the creation of locally

produced independent films. These efforts have put Philippine cinemas back to their

glory days as some critics remark.

To further build on the gains of the Filipino film industry, this bill seeks to

provide incentives to all our local filmmakers who have been awarded the best film

prize or its equivalent including those that merited recognition for technical

excellence in respected international film competitions or cinema festivals. This bill

also proposes to fully exempt the acclaimed film from taxes which pertain to its

screening and commercial exhibition including those levied by local government

Considering all the advantages that our local film industry can acquire from

this bill, the immediate approval of this measure is earnestly sought.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.