Filmmakers Discuss Regional Challenges
Organized by UNIJAPAN Entertainment Forum, the Presentation of East Asian Contents daylong forum discussed the increasing challenges Hong Kong and Filipino filmmakers face.
The discussion was led by Roger Garcia, executive director of Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Nestor Jardin, festival director of Cinemalaya.
Garcia said Hong Kong’s film industry is on the upswing from a recent downturn – fueled by co-productions with China, while Jardin said Filipino cinema has hopes of revival through cheap digital filmmaking technology and greater regional partnerships.
“There is no censorship in the Philippines. You can make films that are critical of the government and still get distributed. It is embedded in our constitution,” Jardin said.