Erik Matti contradicts the “new guidelines” from FDCP
Director-producer Erik Matti, who is also a co-owner of Reality Entertainment Inc. slammed the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and its chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra due to the “new guidelines”.
Amid the pandemic, the FDCP released a memo that will set as a guideline in shootings. It was stated that seven days before all production shoots will take place these must be registered to FDCP.
However, this rule will not only apply for films but also to TV, advertising, corporate AVPs, live event productions, animation productions, and online streaming activities. Based on the article from PEP, under the online activities, concerts, live shows, variety shows, stage performances, and panel discussions are listed.
With this, Erik Matti reacted through his Facebook post saying that FDCP has no power over advertising, TV, and online activities. “They outlined new industry practices that will further restrict our business,” he said.
The director also said that the new regulations did not go through proper discussion but just through “FYI Meetings” wherein some industry representatives were “dictated” on what to do.
“FDCP is so hell bent on figuring everything out by themselves that any suggestion coming from people working inside the industry seem to just fall on their deaf ears,” Matti stressed.
For him, the rule that the production needs to pay all the workers once there is a shooting cancellation is “ideal pero hindi realistic.” The director reasoned out that if the talent is the cause of the cancellation, he or she could not be able to pay all the workers.
“Hollywood films costing millions of dollars work on a basic 12-hour work schedule per shoot and here we are poor Filipino people demanded by FDCP that we make films on 8-hour work schedules,” he added.
Erik Matti also accused the FDCP of lying because it said to the Department of Labor and Employment that film producers and stakeholders approved the February 7 memo.
However, the Philippine Motion Pictures Producers Association (PMPPA) went to the labor department to oppose the memo as they had no idea about that.
“Liza Diño – head of the FDCP, sat in front of the PMPPA and promised to adjust it based on the concerns of all the producers of the film industry but she still went on and released it to the public, unrevised,” Matti said against FDCP chief.
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