Leo Martinez Undertakes Positive Measures for FAP

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Leo Martinez Undertakes Positive Measures for FAP


Since the appointment of comedian-actor-director Leo Martinez as director general of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) on Aug. 20, 2003 for a term of two years (renewable for a second term) by the chairman and president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Nestor O. Jardin, Leo has undertaken innovative and positive streamlining of the FAP.

Significant is the transfer of all guilds under FAP into one building at the ground level of the OctoArts Bldg. at Panay Ave., Quezon City. Before Leos term, all the guilds were scattered elsewhere.

"Now we can easily communicate with each other," Leo said. "We are really together now, as one industry!"

The Film Academy of the Philippines was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 640-A signed and issued by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos on Jan. 5, 1981.

Section 2 of EO 640-A provides that "a Filipino Motion Picture Development Board is hereby created as an arm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Board shall perform the following powers and duties of activities:

1. To establish, operate and maintain an institution to be known as the Film Academy of the Philippines to be headed by a Director-General. The basic function of the Academy shall be to give due recognition, awards distinction, appreciation and other forms of reward for significant efforts and accomplishments... for improvement and development of the motion picture art and science in the country... to further professionalize the motion picture industry through the formation of representative guilds in the various creative and technical sectors of the industry.

Among the guilds under FAP are: Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association, Movie Producers and Distributors Association of the Philippines, Kapisanan ng mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Kapisanan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon, Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines, Film Editors Guild for Motion Pictures, Filipino Society of Cinematographers, Sound Technicians Association for Motion Pictures, United Film Musical Directors of the Philippines, Production Designers Guild of the Philippines, Assistant Directors and Production Managers Guild of the Philippines, and Movie Workers Welfare Fund Foundation, Inc.

When Leo took over as FAP director-general, many of the guilds have not been holding regular elections of officers as provided for by their respective Constitution and By-Laws. Yet, their respective presidents are serving as members of the Board of Governors of FAP.

Leo emphatically said that it is immoral, hence, the guilds concerned must conduct soon their respective general assemblies and elect their new officers. And since the FAP gives some amount of subsidies to the concerned guilds, they must also submit and accounting of their expenses to the FAP.

On the sharing of income from the Metro Manila Film Festival, Leo noted that the Mowelfund used to get the biggest share: 60 percent of the income, with the FAP and the Anti-Piracy Council getting 20 percent each. This sharing scheme was revised in 2002 with Mowelfunds share reduced to 35 percent, and the Anti-Piracy Council increased to 35 percentwhile 10 percent was allocated to the Presidents Social Fun, and FAP retained its 20 percent share.

In 2003, through the request of the FAP director-general, the sharing was revised as follows: Mowelfund, 30 percent; FAP, 30 percent, and Anti-Piracy, 30 percent. The PSF remained at 10 percent.

Leo recently recommended to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo the revision of the sharing as follows: Mowelfund, 40 percent percent; FAP, 40 percent, Anti-Piracy and/or PSF, 20 percent.

Many are wondering why the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council is getting so much share from the Metro Manila Film Festival income. Has the Anti-Film Piracy Council done anything to help curb film and records piracy in the Philippines? …

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