Producer calls for support for indie films
“Kung indie film, hindi 'yan papansinin ng mga exhibitors. Sino yung mga exhibitors? Yung mga mall. Gusto nila siyempre yung mga big films.”
With the bigger demand on commercial films, a film producer urged Thomasians on Friday to support local independent films especially on its opening days.
During the school tour of the upcoming film Smaller and Smaller Circles on Thursday, Oct. 28, screenwriter and movie producer Ria Limjap shared the struggles of promoting independent films.
Limjap explained that most independent films that did not earn enough on the first day are immediately pulled out from the cinemas and replaced by bigger commercial films.
She calls it the “first day, last day” phenomenon.
“Kung indie film, hindi ‘yan papansinin ng mga exhibitors,” she said. “Sino yung mga exhibitors? Yung mga mall. Gusto nila siyempre yung mga big films.”
However, she said that these exhibitors listen to the social media citing her experience as the associate producer of Heneral Luna, wherein she personally answers requests including those in Facebook requesting the extension of the showing.
“The number one question was ‘hanggang kelan kayo showing?’” Limjap recalled. She hopes that a similar demand would be created for Smaller and Smaller Circles.
“There is nothing like [a] good word-of-mouth,” Limjap said.She also encouraged viewers to contact cinemas and tag them on social media to create a demand for the film.
“Please be vocal on social media,” she continued, “you guys have a voice—use your voice.”
Directed by Raya Martin, Smaller and Smaller Circles is based from the Palanca Award-winning crime novel by Felisa Batacan. It is expected to be released on January next year. The school tour was organized in partnership with the UST Literary Society and the Thomasian Film Society. – P. Jamilla
Photo grabbed from Thomasian Film Society