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The number of films produced in the Philippine movie industry has halved over the past decade in the face of piracy and Hollywood competition, a government study released Wednesday showed.

Only the rise of independent film-makers has saved the industry from declining further, with "indie" movies now accounting for more than half the total made in the Philippines, the study said.

"There are many factors causing the fall. There is piracy and competition from foreign movies. Local movies are also not given as much support from the public," said government statistical coordination officer Gerald Clarino.

The report by Clarino and other officers of the National Statistical Coordination Board found that from 1960 to 1999, the Philippines produced an average of about 140 movies each year.

This gave local films at least 20 percent of the domestic market, the report said. At the time, the industry boasted of being one of the most prolific movie producers in the world after Hollywood and India's "Bollywood".

But from 2000 to 2009, local film output fell to an average of 73 annually with only 11 percent of the market, the report said. Last year 78 local films were made.

Clarino said the the top-grossing movies in the Philippines were typically US-made films with multi-million-dollar budgets that the local movie industry could not afford.

He said the most popular local movies were usually light, romantic comedies that did not require big budgets.

Clarino also cited copyright piracy as a problem, with bootleg DVD copies of Philippine movies sold in Manila's streets sometimes on the same day the films opened in cinemas.

Highlighting the extent of the problem, a top aide of President Benigno Aquino was last month caught buying bootleg DVDs in Manila, but escaped any major punishment.

Movie industry leaders have also previously blamed high taxes on tickets and a general lack of government support for their sector's plight.

Amid the overall decline, "indie" film-makers have emerged from virtually nowhere a decade ago to produce 45 films in 2010 and 44 in 2011, the report said.

Filipino "indie" directors, such as Brillante Mendoza, Pepe Diokno and Jim Libiran, have won awards at prestigious foreign film festivals.

But their films, which often tackle serious social problems in the corruption-plagued and impoverished Philippines, have rarely achieved box office success at home.

 

 

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/article_old.aspx?cp-documentid=5886593

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Love how they blame "piracy" and no one asks for proof. How about "the market says we don't deserve money for the crap we produce" as a cause?

I used to watch local movies all the time. Especially Dolphy. The comedys aren't that difficult to see what is going on. P20 Admission. The lights never come on as the movies run continously. Of cours

Could you imagine the film indusrty here without the competion?? OMG...Pure torture to watch a local movie here as well as the local TV....

Love how they blame "piracy" and no one asks for proof. How about "the market says we don't deserve money for the crap we produce" as a cause?

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Compare a Hollywood movie to the standard Pinoy movie. There is the cause. They are less then a B rated movie. Additionally they are produced in Filipino which does not help. They all should be subtitled in English. Thus the market is broader.

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Love how they blame "piracy" and no one asks for proof. How about "the market says we don't deserve money for the crap we produce" as a cause?

 

Proof of this is the actors here literally are making movies every few weeks and its just like the op said its a comedy that they try to get you to laugh by doing something totally out of the blue instead of acting it out.

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Could you imagine the film indusrty here without the competion?? OMG...Pure torture to watch a local movie here as well as the local TV....

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Could you imagine the film indusrty here without the competion?? OMG...Pure torture to watch a local movie here as well as the local TV....

 

Liquido;

 

As you see in the op even the locals think the same. the top-grossing movies in the Philippines were typically US-made films

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I didn't know the RP had a "Film Industry" :steve:

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Pure torture to watch a local movie here as well as the local TV....

 

With the possible exception being the sexy dancing girls on "Happy Yipee Yehey"... with sound turned off of course ...

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There are some wonderfull movies produced in the Philippines,one of my favorites is SANGGANO"T "SANGGAGO starring Bayani Agbayani and Eddie Garcia. A bit dated i will admit but its not the same without Fernando Po Jr.

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You know, I really was surprised that the movie Manny made was not a hit here because he is so popular. I knew he could not act but I was and still am his fans did not make the movie a hit here in the RP.

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they need to realize what their market is and not consider themselves as competing with hollywood

that's like a small mom and pop shop calling themselves a failure cause they don't have as many customers as walmart

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Compare a Hollywood movie to the standard Pinoy movie. There is the cause. They are less then a B rated movie. Additionally they are produced in Filipino which does not help. They all should be subtitled in English. Thus the market is broader.

 

Tim - your sig is freaking me out.

 

I watch Pinoy movies just to practice Tagalog. I liked the body-swap wedding movie (Here Comes the Bride) but that is about it.

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Don't you hate it that they force Pinoy movies on you during the MANILA FILM FESTIVAL during the Christmas holidays no less... You CANT watch a Hollywood movie if you wanted to... Not saying that all Fil Films are bad (most are ) . one that I liked was called CAVITE. It was done by a Fil - Am indie production 5 years back or so. Very realistic and gritty film portraying a kid that gets a call while in the US that one of his relatives has been kidnapped in Manila. Soon he is landing in NAIA ready to follow the demands of the kidnappers who reach him by cell phone messages.... very creepy and well done.

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Don't you hate it that they force Pinoy movies on you during the MANILA FILM FESTIVAL during the Christmas holidays no less... You CANT watch a Hollywood movie if you wanted to... Not saying that all Fil Films are bad (most are ) . one that I liked was called CAVITE. It was done by a Fil - Am indie production 5 years back or so. Very realistic and gritty film portraying a kid that gets a call while in the US that one of his relatives has been kidnapped in Manila. Soon he is landing in NAIA ready to follow the demands of the kidnappers who reach him by cell phone messages.... very creepy and well done.

 

 

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I totally agree. A few years ago I made a deal with my boss back in the States i would not miss work for the entire year in return he let me come to Manila for Christmas. I had all planned out that I would take my wife on a movie date, etc. and all that was showing was really bad pinoy films that even the locals didn;t like. As for the film Cavite you just mentioned I will try to see it, it sounds good. Another thing, I showed my wife's co-workers Glory and they all admitted it was very good but they also said they will not watch it anymore because its a sad movie. True story.

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The number of films produced in the Philippine movie industry has halved over the past decade in the face of piracy and Hollywood competition, a government study released Wednesday showed.

 

Only the rise of independent film-makers has saved the industry from declining further, with "indie" movies now accounting for more than half the total made in the Philippines, the study said.

"There are many factors causing the fall. There is piracy and competition from foreign movies. Local movies are also not given as much support from the public," said government statistical coordination officer Gerald Clarino.

The report by Clarino and other officers of the National Statistical Coordination Board found that from 1960 to 1999, the Philippines produced an average of about 140 movies each year.

This gave local films at least 20 percent of the domestic market, the report said. At the time, the industry boasted of being one of the most prolific movie producers in the world after Hollywood and India's "Bollywood".

But from 2000 to 2009, local film output fell to an average of 73 annually with only 11 percent of the market, the report said. Last year 78 local films were made.

Clarino said the the top-grossing movies in the Philippines were typically US-made films with multi-million-dollar budgets that the local movie industry could not afford.

He said the most popular local movies were usually light, romantic comedies that did not require big budgets.

Clarino also cited copyright piracy as a problem, with bootleg DVD copies of Philippine movies sold in Manila's streets sometimes on the same day the films opened in cinemas.

Highlighting the extent of the problem, a top aide of President Benigno Aquino was last month caught buying bootleg DVDs in Manila, but escaped any major punishment.

Movie industry leaders have also previously blamed high taxes on tickets and a general lack of government support for their sector's plight.

Amid the overall decline, "indie" film-makers have emerged from virtually nowhere a decade ago to produce 45 films in 2010 and 44 in 2011, the report said.

Filipino "indie" directors, such as Brillante Mendoza, Pepe Diokno and Jim Libiran, have won awards at prestigious foreign film festivals.

But their films, which often tackle serious social problems in the corruption-plagued and impoverished Philippines, have rarely achieved box office success at home.

 

 

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i do have to say being in the movies in the philippines sure helps getting elected to public office

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