The Columnist at the 70th Berlinale 2020.
The columnist at one of the Berlin Co-Production Market 2020 meetings.
While many of us welcome the New Year with a list of resolutions, let me start this year with a different type of list. As we look to the future with hope, let’s look to the months ahead and take a quick look at some of the many things that are exciting for us at the Filipino Film Development Council (FDCP) for this 2022.
1. Sundance Film Festival. Two Filipino films have been shortlisted to compete at the 38th Sundance Film Festival, America’s largest independent film festival, this January. The feature film “Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago (Leonor Will Never Die)” by Martika Escobar will compete in the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic section, while the short film “The Headhunter’s Daughter” by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan is part of Shorts Program 4 part. Both films will have their world premieres and on-site delegates at the festival to be held in Park City, Utah.
Having two Filipino films chosen to take part in the Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest and most influential independent film festivals in the world, is already a huge victory for Filipino cinema. We are proud that our country’s delegation is led by two promising independent filmmakers, in particular Martika and her film who were part of the FDCP’s Full Circle Lab Philippines and CreatePHFilms fundraising program. Martika herself is another reason to celebrate. In this predominantly male-dominated industry, having a Filipina as the representative of the country is a source of inspiration for all of the female filmmakers around the world trying to break the glass ceiling.
2. Berlinale. Filipino filmmakers certainly never lack vision, talent and ideas. However, funding a movie to make that vision a reality is a whole other challenge. This is why joining the co-production film markets has become a welcome opportunity for them to turn their ideas into films.
For this February, Berlin is the perfect place for budding filmmakers. Two major networking venues will open at the Berlinale: the Berlinale Co-production Market and the European Film Market.
The FDCP will select producers with projects in development who will join the Berlin Co-Production Market Visitor Program and gain insight into the international co-production landscape, funding opportunities and the expansion of their network into the international market. . The FDCP will also represent the Philippines at the country session.
The European Film Market (EFM), meanwhile, is one of the largest film markets in the world and will also be held in Berlin. The FDCP is looking for Filipino producers to be part of the Filipino delegation. The selected producers will receive a market badge which will give them full access to the EFM.
3. Ji.Hlava International Film Festival (IDFF). The Philippines has been chosen as the flagship country for one of Europe’s leading documentary film festivals. The IDFF announced last October that the program for 2022 will feature the Philippines in its annual festival to be held in the Czech Republic.
The festival presents documentary, hybrid and experimental films. The agreement between the FDCP and the organizers formalizes the research and retrospective of Filipino documentary films which will be presented during the 26th edition scheduled for October.
4. Full Circle Laboratory (FCL) Philippines. The FDCP has renewed its engagement with Tatino Films for a new three-year cycle from 2022 to 2024. This comes at the right time with the celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines. With this long-term partnership through what we are calling Horizons 2025, we are taking concrete steps to make the Philippines a creative hub for filmmaking in the Southeast Asia region.
FCL Philippines is the agency’s flagship international film lab for Filipino and Southeast Asian films and filmmakers. This year’s Hybrid Edition will consist of four separate Film Labs: First Cut Lab and Fiction Lab under Project-Based Labs, Creative Producers Lab, and Story Editing Lab under Talent-Based Labs and skills. Applications will open this month.
5. UniPhilippines. Since 2016, the FDCP has been campaigning for the promotion of Filipino cinema throughout the world, both culturally and commercially, through its various support programs and its participation in international film markets and festivals. With the official launch of the UniPhilippines program in 2022, the FDCP will continuously build on these efforts by institutionalizing its support and incentives to films and filmmakers for international efforts and by cementing partnerships with markets, events and parties. stakeholders so that our content gains international traction and penetrates larger markets.
6. Filmstitut FDCP. We recognize the need for accessible film education in the country, especially at this time when the pandemic has redesigned the way education is done. This 2022 will see the opening of the FDCP Filmstitute, an online cinema learning platform offering quality cinema and audiovisual courses accessible anytime, anywhere, aiming to develop competitive programs in the world. ” global scale who bring together all there is to know about filmmaking in one place and bring together the best professionals in the industry to compose the team of mentors who will strive to develop the film culture and technical skills of filmmakers budding and practitioners.
7. National register of the FDCP. In 2021, we focused on helping Filipino films and productions reach wider and enter the international arena through film markets and other platforms. In 2022, we will also focus on the development of our film workers.
The National Registry can be a hub where film productions around the world can seek the services of local film workers – not just actors or writers, but also linemen, cameramen and other technical experts – because that they have come to develop an international reputation for their know-how and are sought after for the quality of their work. One of those developmental programs is the next National Register drama workshop series coming up very soon.
This is just a small preview, of course. Expect many more projects and surprises, especially as this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the FDCP. There is still Film Industry Month in September, Safe Filming trainings, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), Sine Kabataan 5 Lab and Competition, and CreatePH Films, and many more.
The vision is to support the Filipino film industry as it moves forward and emerges from the challenges of the past two plus years. As an artist myself, the goal is to actively participate in raising this industry to its maximum potential.
It has been a busy year 2021 for the FDCP team and we look forward to a bigger year 2022. This new year we will continue with the inertia, energy and drive of last year and together let’s create things. more amazing. This New Year is a time to make an impact, to do something that will hopefully inspire, lift morale, and overall make things better. May this year give us all an abundance of opportunities to do so.