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