Opening day ng pelikula, magiging Biyernes na

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Biyernes na ipalalabas ang mga bagong pelikula.

Ito ang kinumpirma ni Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño makaraan niyang makipagdayalogo sa film producers at theater owners para ilipat na sa Biyernes ang pagpapalabas ng local films, na ginagawa tuwing Miyerkules.

Iminungkahi ito ni Ms Liza para guaranteed na may tatlong araw ang mga pelikula para ipalabas bago alisin ang mga ito sa sinehan kung hindi kumikita.

Ipinost ni Ms Liza sa Facebook ang napagpasyahan sa nasabing dayalogo.

“Cinemas, producers agree to move opening of new films from Wednesday to Friday.

“The first big step! A well-represented dialogue meeting happened yesterday among our producers, distributors and theater owners to discuss policy guidelines set by FDCP on the exhibition of films in our local cinemas all over the Philippines.

“With the support of our government partners— DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government), DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) and the Office of the President, the goal is to reach a unified solution that is amenable to all our stakeholders.

“The important highlights of these policy guidelines are opening day of newly released films in cinemas, admission prices, guaranteed days in every booked film and a holdback period for films released in cinemas before it goes to other platforms like VOD etc.

“FDCP has been holding consultation meetings since last year to understand the concerns of both parties so the agency can come up with the right approach to resolve the issues plaguing our whole industry in general hence affecting the growth of our local film industry.

“Yesterday was a good and progressive start because in this meeting, we were able to identify a lot of the gaps in the current status quo and ways to address them that would be beneficial to the parties concerned. Since the goal is to achieve concrete results, one of the achievements is the agreement to switch the opening day of cinemas from Wednesday to Friday.

“We still have to wait until the rest is finalized for this to take effect, but at least we are moving forward.

“But more than reaching an agreement to the proposed solutions, my main takeaway from yesterday’s dialogue is the willingness of both parties (finally) to sit, talk, listen and accept each other’s sentiments calmly and in good faith. The goal is to understand and acknowledge the concerns of both and work towards solutions.

“For so many years, nagkaron ng divisiveness dahil kung saan-saang platform na nailalabas ang mga hinaing causing for parties to be vilified without any recourse to verify these concerns in proper venues and to the people concerned mismo para mapakinggan ang pinanggagalingan ng bawat isa.

“But yesterday was a good gauge to see the next hundred years of Philippine cinema. A new beginning perhaps…so we can all be hopeful for the future of this industry. At the end of the day, we have but one common goal: to support, nurture and uplift our local film industry.”

At sa pakikipag-chat namin kay Ms Liza nitong Huwebes nang gabi, sinabi niyang magsisimulang ipatupad ang nasabing pagbabago sa opening day sa Abril o Mayo.

Tinanong din namin kung napag-usapan sa meeting ang pagbaba ng presyo ng sine na P220, student price.

“May meeting ng March 27 kasi may numbers and data na kailangang gawing basis. And even producers want to check muna before agreeing on a price,” sagot sa amin ng FDCP CEO.

-REGGEE BONOAN