December 27, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – A bill to provide incentives to award-winning filmmakers, writers, artists and performers at international film festivals and other prestigious competitions has been introduced in the Senate.
Senator Sonny Angara introduced Senate Bill 2467 or the “Artist Incentives Act,” which seeks to provide cash incentives to winning filmmakers, film production entities, literary writers, artists and performers in the creative sector, saying that “art has played an important role in the history and culture of the Philippines.
Noting that “the Philippines has deeply rooted traditions in music, performing arts, crafts, design and film,” the measure, once approved, will apply retroactively to the past five years.
“The recognition and prestige that Filipino artists gain internationally benefits not only them, but the country as well. They carry the name of our country and showcase the skills and creativity of our people, ”Angara said in his bill.
“Accordingly, it is only fitting that we express our gratitude for such performances. The international recognition they have received requires recognition and financial support from our government. As a nation proud of its national artists, approval of this bill is keenly sought, ”he added.
He believed that the cash incentive would encourage Filipinos to engage in various art forms and represent the country in the future.
Among the Filipino artists he cited were John Arcilla, who won the Coppi Volpi (Volpi Cup) for Best Actor at the recently concluded 78th Venice Film Festival, and a Filipino film called “Yellow Rose” written and directed by Diane Paragas, who won the 2019 Reel Asian Best Feature Rim Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In addition, Marlon Macabaya and Denise Melanie Du Lagrosa, two Filipino singers, won first and second places at the prestigious Stars of Albion Grand Prix in London 2019.
In 2017, Worth Lodriga, a seven-year-old painter who has been hailed as the “Little Picasso of the Philippines”, won first place in the Student Mars Art Contest in the United States.
Under the bill, the incentives will apply to all filmmakers, film production entities, literary writers, artists and performers in the creative sector whose works deserve “the highest recognition for technical or artistic excellence in competitions. , internationally renowned and prestigious film festivals and festivals. other exhibits which may be determined by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
A cash incentive of P 1 million will be given to those who have won the highest prize in an international competition, film festival or exhibition determined by the NCCA, FDCP and CCP.
An incentive of P 500,000 will be given to those who have obtained special recognition and / or any other prize not considered the highest prize.