How to recover from the cinema crisis – Manila Bulletin


International Conference of the Film Industry 2022 Aims to Bring Synergy to Stakeholders

Hearing from film experts from neighboring ASEAN countries and building ties for progressive co-productions are the government’s goals to help the film industry recover from the economic slump caused by the pandemic. The opening this Friday, November 18, of the 2022 International Motion Picture Industry Conference (IFIC), now in its sixth year, at the Novotel Manila Araneta City Hotel. It is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with QCinema International Film Festival and Full Circle Lab Philippines.

From left to right: Chie Hayakawa, Park Ki-Yong, Monster Jimenez and Jose Javier Reyes

What awaits moviegoers and industry insiders? Documentary enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sit down and hear the country’s top documentary makers talk about the “misinformation” era. Monster Jimenez who made Kano: an American and his harem2010 winner of the Competition for the first appearance at the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival, shares the panel with Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, producer of the environmental film from Palawan Delikadoand Babyruth Villarama, who will share his new projects, Touch color and breaking news. Active Vista Executive Director Leni Velasco joins the discussion with TV journalist Kara David as a moderator.

Obtaining government funding and incentives is available through the FilmPhilippines office. Moderator Madonna Tarrayo, President and CEO, Unitel Productions, Inc./Straight Shooters Media, picks the spirits of FDCP technical consultant Agathe Vinson and producers Wilfredo Manalang, Bianca Balbuena-Liew and Jun Juban. These three local producers have brought foreign projects to the country. Manalang is one of Japan’s official Oscar co-producers Diet 75Balbuena-Liew co-produced the Irish psychological thriller Nocebo, and Juban’s family is known for bringing Hollywood productions and Philippine Survivor in the country.

Because local movie audiences haven’t come to theaters in full force yet, it’s time for streaming services to ramp up.

For “Mapping Global Opportunities for Southeast Asia’s Film Industry”, scheduled for November 19, our film industry neighbors from the Republic of Korea and ASEAN countries are visiting Manila with Lorna Tee, based in Europe, to discuss the success of film commissions. Led by Md Nasir Ibrahim of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), Jean Ng of the Singapore Film Commission, Sirisak Koshpasharin, Vice President of the National Federation of Motion Picture and Content Associations, Park Ki-Yong, President of the Korean Film Council, they are joined by Filipino ace director Jose Javier Reyes.

Autobiography of Makbul Mubarak

Early feature directors from Japan, Indonesia and Thailand will share their gripping stories of filming co-productions. Chie Hayakawa, who directed Cannes Un Certain Regard 2022 finalist Diet 75teams up with director Makbul Mubarak, who created Autobiographywho had a world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Critics Award for the Orizzonti section), and Sorayos Prapapan, whose first film Arnold is a model student premiered at the 2022 Locarno International Film Festival.

“Arnold is a model student” by Sorayos Prapapan

Because local movie audiences haven’t come to theaters in full force yet, it’s time for streaming services to ramp up. For the rise of an exhibition of alternative films, the leaders of Amazon Prime, iWantTFC, Vivamax and Viu Philippines will share how video on demand dominated the global market when cinemas were forced to close and how they met the needs of industry and the public.

Visit to register for the hybrid format online and onsite.




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