With the appointment of Tirso Cruz III as the next Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson and CEO (he’s just waiting for the official appointment documents), we have asked stakeholders in the film industry to share their wishes to the veteran actor and singer. A big role to fill for the FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actor as outgoing chair Mary Liza Diño has been actively reaching out to festivals abroad, giving grants to regional and local filmmakers and campaigning for the Philippines to be put on a destination map for international projects the past six years.
We believe in the Filipino talent, and once it is given more focus, support, and enthusiasm— I think that we can shine more in the global stage, while building on the excellent work that the industry is already doing now. —Dingdong Dantes, actor
FDCP has been a progressive agency with Liza Diño-Seguerra, spearheading a lot of programs that support both studio and independent scene. My wish is for those programs to continue. The Philippines is now an active agency in the global markets and I hope that it will continue to blossom as the new chairperson learn the ropes of what goes on out there. There’s a danger to simply go back to the old ways and what we know locally, and I just pray that doesn’t happen. Best wishes to the new administration. There’s a lot that needs to be done with the changing landscape in the industry. This post-Covid era is new to everyone, a great time to create opportunity and be innovative to keep the Philippine film industry alive. —Will Fredo, director/producer
Lastly, in marketing and distribution, enhance the relationship with distributors (local and importers) and cinemas, strike partnerships to sustainably program local films from festival to mainstream and platform permutations. FDCP needs to support qualified curators, film festivals, cinemas, educational institutions and platforms to build a long-lasting impact and access to archiving and film education. —Baby Ruth Villarama, documentary filmmaker