Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) head Liza Diño-Seguerra revealed that the first day showing of local films might be moved to Friday from Wednesday.
She said so on Facebook, adding that FDCP, local cinema owners and film producers and distributors had a dialogue about it and more just a few days before her online post.
“With the support of our government partners – DILG, DTI, MTRCB, and the Office of the President, the goal is to reach a unified solution that is amenable to all our stakeholders,” she wrote.
The important highlights of their policy guidelines cover “opening day of newly released films in cinemas, admission prices, guaranteed days in every booked film, and a hold back period for films released in cinemas before it goes to other platforms like VOD, etc.”
She continued that FDCP has been holding consultation meetings since last year to “understand” the concerns of all parties concerned and come up with the right approach to resolve the issues plaguing the industry.
“More than reaching an agreement to the proposed solutions, my main takeaway from (the) dialogue is the willingness of both parties (finally) to sit, talk, listen, and accept each other’s sentiments calmly and in good faith,” Liza added in part.
“At the end of the day, we have but one common goal: To support, nurture and uplift our local film industry.”