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Seems like Sen. Tito Sotto doesn’t get it.

On Thursday, Jan 5, the Senate Majority Leader filed a resolution proposing that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) establish an indie only film festival “during the long semestral break.”


Under his proposal, all foreign films will be banned in cinemas while the indie festival is ongoing. All cinemas will also be mandated to participate and show these indie movies.

He added that while indie movies can still participate in the MMFF every December, they should not dominate December fest.

The proposal follows the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Fest, in which indie films took precedence.

READ: 10 things about the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016

“Ninakaw nila ‘yung Pasko ng mga bata,” he says about the last Metro Manila Film Festival. “The absence of mainstream films in the MMFF last December was ‘prejudicial’ to moviegoers, particularly the children,” GMA reports Sotto as saying.

While his proposal may give independent films the well-deserved spotlight, we can’t help but wonder if Tito Sotto really gets it.

Because: Aren’t there countless of indie festivals in place? There’s CinemaOne Originals, Cinemalaya, QCinema, just to name a few.

Also, does this mean he didn’ hear the rallying cry of the MMFF execom members about uniting the industry instead of dividing them into categories like “indie” and “mainstream?”

On Facebook, Film Development Council of the Philippines Chair Liza Diño-Seguera quickly reacted to Sotto’s proposal, saying “It is not in MMDA’s mandate to create festivals, it is under FDCP. As a developmental agency, our goal is to UNITE the industry not to divide.‬”

Activist and MMFF selection committee member Mae Paner also reacted, saying it took a lot of effort to unite the indie and the mainstream movies together. “Alisin ang divide! Wag naman,” she cries on Twitter.

Here’s hoping the senator soon gets it.

Photo: Eat Bulaga | Facebook


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