Cine Europa forges partnership with FDCP, gets exemption from MTRCB
For the first time in 14 years, films that will be screened at the 14th Cine Europa film festival are exempted from the ratings given by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
In a speech made at the Cine Europa press launch on Sept. 2, Lubomir Frebort, Political Counselor and Head of the Political and Press Information Section of the EU Delegation, said that this was made possible through the assistance of their latest partner, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
“This year, for the first time, our movies will not have to go through the MTRCB since the latter adopted the classification of the EU member state where the film originated,” Frebort announced.
FDCP Chair Briccio Santos cited Republic Act 197, which according to him the FDCP has already been adopting, in explaining the exemption. Santos said that RA 197 says that “if films are shown under FDCP [through its Sineng Pambansa film fest], then it doesn’t need to have [the usual ratings given in other films].”