MANILA - Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill seeking to provide incentives for independent Filipino films which have bagged honors in notable international competitions.
"We have a great pool of artists and creators who have brought honor to our country through the outstanding films they have produced," Poe said.
"It is high time to recognize them and encourage the rest of our indie filmmakers to make their mark, as we help the industry flourish."
Poe's proposed Independent Film Incentives Act calls for monetary incentives to be given to locally produced independent movies that will score Best Film prize in international cinema festivals.
Under the bill, an award-winning 90 to 120-minute feature shall receive a grant of P5,000,000.
A short film that runs for 20 minutes or less shall get a grant of P3,000,000.
In her bill's explanatory note, Poe added that films are "potent tools for communication and catalysts for inclusive development which mirror a nation's unique identity and rich culture."
She cited acclaimed films by multi-awarded Filipino producers and directors like Brillante Mendoza, whose most recent work, "Ma' Rosa", earned a standing ovation in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Artist Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress Award, the country's first, for her excellent performance in the said film.
Mendoza also won the Best Director Award in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival with his film, "Kinatay."