Celebrities have joined the fight against movie piracy.
Derek Ramsay, Gaby dela Merced and Gawad Urian winner Kristoffer King are featured in a trailer that aims to discourage illegal camcording.
In the said trailer, Derek portrays an undercover police officer as he and his partner, former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Gaby dela Merced, chase after an illegal camcorder inside a cinema. They finally catch and arrest the lawbreaker outside the movie house.
This eye-opening trailer was shown during a workshop held yesterday, October 21, at the F1 Hotel in Taguig City.
The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) spearheaded this workshop to strengthen the fight against movie piracy.
The Motion Picture Anti Film Piracy Council (MPAFPC) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), together with film producers/distributors and cinema operators nationwide, supported this workshop led by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
One of the key highlights of the workshop was the launch of the MPAFPC’s new movie trailer that takes on a more serious tone on movie piracy. The trailer presents the point of view of law enforcers as played by Derek and Gaby.
The trailer will begin airing in local cinemas soon in an effort to raise public awareness on the repercussions of illegal camcording.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, concurrent head of the MMFF, is strictly against illegal recording and distribution of films.
He discussed the negative consequences brought about by piracy in the movie industry.
“Many Filipinos are still not aware that illegal camcording is a form of theft.
“When film pirates make illegal copies of an original work, they deprive the artists of their hard-earned revenues. This can cripple the Filipino filmmaking industry, and stifle local producers from creating home-grown movies that we all love and enjoy.”
Republic Act 10088 (also known as the Anti-Camcording Law) states that it is unlawful for anyone “to use or attempt to use,“ as well as to “have in his/her possession an audiovisual recording device to transmit or make a copy of any performance in an exhibition facility of such cinematographic film" (including its soundtrack).
If found guilty, the individual will be subjected to a fine of P50,000 to P750,000, as well as imprisonment of six months to one day to six years and one day.
Filipinos are encouraged to play a part in upholding the Anti-camcording Law by reporting any suspected incidence of illegal camcording in cinemas, and by refraining from obtaining pirated copies of movies either as CDs and DVDs or downloading them from illegal sites.
MMFF 2014. This year marks the last time that Francis Tolentino will handle the MMFF since he has plans of running for a government position in the upcoming 2016 elections.
Chairman Tolentino says about the legacy that he will leave behind, “Iwan natin siguro sa mas magandang yugto."
“Mas maraming naging paglahok sa makabuluhang gawaing panlipunan, lalong lalo na pag may kalamidad. Mas maraming paglahok ng ating mga kabataan. Yung yugto ng animation, isa yun. Yung ating indie films, tuloy tuloy na ‘yan."
During his four years of service, he established the New Wave section of the MMFF that allowed student and indie filmmakers to reach a wider audience.
Chairman Tolentino pointed out that they are still in the process of finalizing the tie-up with the Guam International Film Festival so that MMFF entries could be screened in that country.
“Ang medyo naiwan ko na lang dito yung pag link up sa mga international festivals. Pero sana maihabol pa.
“And siguro, better pool of creative talents, more mature audience. United naman ang industry. We hope to break records, yung [previous] records last year.”
Last year's total box-office reached a little over P1 billion.
The 40th edition of the MMFF is scheduled to take place from December 25, 2014 to January 7, 2015.
NEW WAVE FINALISTS. This year, the organizers received a record-breaking number of entries for the New Wave section.
Eighteen full-length entries, 88 student short entries and 18 animation entries came from all over the Philippines.
Here are the five official finalists of the Student Shorts Category of the MMFF New Wave section:
1. KALAW by Immy Rempis of Asia Pacific Film Institute
2. BIMYANA by Kim Zuñiga of DLS-College of Saint Benilde
3. SOLTERA by Michelle Soriano of De La Salle University Lipa
4. KUBLI by Regine Ynieto of Far Eastern University
5. SIYANAWA by Gio Franco Alpuente of Southern Luzon State University (Lucban)
The MMDA has also extended to November 7 the deadline for submission of entries for the CinePhone competition. High school and college students nationwide can join this cellphone movie-making competition with the theme Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation.