Gov’t to create Netflix-like platform for filmmakers’ works to help them get by amid pandemic

  • The government said it will establish a streaming platform similar to Netflix where filmmakers can showcase their works
  • It is called “Cine Lokal Online”
  • This will give give filmmakers a platform to screen their content and earn from it

In a bid to help the Philippine film industry in these trying times, the government announced it will establish a streaming platform similar to Netflix where they can showcase their works.

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Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairwoman Liza Dino bared last May 15 that the government will create the “Cine Lokal Online” to give filmmakers a platform to showcase their content and earn from it.

“We also plan to shift to digital platforms,” Dino said during a virtual press briefing. “It’s for those who create movies, who do not have a platform, so they could screen their content and monetize it. We will shift to streaming platforms. It’s like Netflix but the government will set it up. It’s called Cine Lokal Online.”

The project also aims to make up for the non-inclusion of workers in the film industry in the assistance program by the government.

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Dino said that this industry seems to be the “blindspot” in government programs as these are dedicated to workers in the formal sectors.

“Talagang medyo blindspot dahil yung mga government programs natin ay nasa formal sector, masasabi mong mga employees, at yung mga nasa vulnerable sector natin para sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). Pero kasi, in between ang ating mga cultural workers, film workers, audio-visual workers,” Dino said.

“Hindi sila formal sector dahil mga ‘no work, no pay,’ freelancers. So walang magsa-submit ng application on their behalf kasi dapat employer ang magsa-submit noon. At hindi naman sila pwede sa DSWD dahil ang prayoridad natin dito ay ang mga informal sector na nasa vulnerable situation,” she added.