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Philippine Cinema’s steadfastness shines through in online film festivals

The Manila Times — 22.11.2020

The special edition of the QCinema International Film Festival will have online and theatrical components. It will take place from November 27 to December 6.

Transitioning from a traditional film festival to a full online execution is definitely a test of adaptability, but Filipino film festival organizers and filmmakers are always up for a challenge. This year has put the industry to the test, and I am proud of the successful online staging of some of the country’s top film fests.

Philippine Cinema suffered a devastating blow this year when mass gatherings were prohibited because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This affected not just the production but also the distribution and exhibition of films, including the celebrated film festival experience that Filipino audiences look forward to throughout the year.

Over 760,000 workers from the film and audiovisual industry have been displaced due to the pandemic while the projected loss for the cinema sector is at least P13.4 billion, with a loss of around P2.4 billion for film and audiovisual production and a gross box office loss of at least P11 billion.

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