‘Fan Girl’ director Antoinette Jadaone warns online pirates: “There will be ‘real’ consequences”

Since its online premiere, the film is one of the many titles that has been affected by piracy

After winning big at the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards over the weekend, Fan Girl director Antoinette Jadaone has now turned her attention to online pirates.

In a press conference on December 28, Jadaone said that her film was one of the most affected by piracy since it premiered via Upstream on Christmas Day.

“We are talking with the producers of the nine other film fest entries, as well as the organisers of the MMFF and Upstream (the festival’s official livestreaming partner). This week, we will be very busy with the filing of criminal cases against these pirates,” she said, per Inquirer.net.

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“There will be ‘real’ consequences for these online pirates and those who will patronise them,” she added. Under the Philippines’ Cybercrime Law, acquiring a digital copy of any copyrighted material is punishable by a fine between P200,000 to P500,000 and six to 20 years in prison.

This year’s MMFF was held virtually for the first time due to cinema closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Among the 10 films screened at the festival were Magikland, Coming Home and Tagpuan. All the films are currently available for rent for P250 per ticket on Upstream until January 7, 2021.

“Anyone can screen grab and record through Upstream just like in Netflix. Piracy is always illegal. It’s bad, but it’s worse when it’s happening during the pandemic. Now that we are hanging on for dear life, all the more we are being stepped on,” Jadaone said.

Earlier today (December 29), a spokesperson for MMFF told Rappler that “charges will be lodged anytime now”. Other details surrounding the case have not yet been revealed.

Fan Girl, starring Paulo Avelino and up-and-comer Charlie Dizon, tells the story of a fan who spends a day with her idol. It made its debut at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival in October, and subsequently won nine awards at the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Watch the trailer below.

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Other MMFF entries like Magikland and Boy Foretold By The Stars won Best Production Design and Best Original Theme Song, respectively. Actress Shaina Magdayao won Best Supporting Actress for Tagpuan while Japanese actor Seiyo Masunaga won Best Child Actor for The Missing.

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