Full Circle Lab Philippines extended for three years | News


The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the French production and consulting company Tatino Films are teaming up for a new three-year cycle (2022-2024) of the Full Circle Lab Philippines for film professionals from the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Launched in 2019, the Project and Talent Development Program aims to nurture and develop Filipino and Southeast Asian projects with global potential. So far, more than 100 cinema professionals and 48 film projects (32 in development and 16 in post-production) have passed through the laboratory.

Full Circle Lab Philippines 2022 plans to kick off with a residential workshop in the Philippines from April 26-30, 2022, with online follow-up in September 2022 during Filipino Film Industry Month.

The event will include a “Fiction Lab” for films in development (12 projects); a “First Cut Lab” for films in post-production (3 projects); a “Creative Producers Lab” (up to 8 participants) and, for the first time, a Story Editing Lab (up to 3 participants).

The objective of the Story Editing Lab is to train cinema professionals capable of supporting writers and directors throughout the creation process, mainly at the stage of script development. With the Creative Producers Lab launched in 2021, this addition reinforces Full Circle Lab Philippines’ priority to focus on professional training and building a sustainable audiovisual ecosystem.

The consultants for the new laboratory cycle are Weijie Lai (Singapore / Canada) and Patrick Mao Huang (Taiwan), who will join the team as consultant producers. The final list of mentors will be announced in early 2022.

The call for projects and applications will be launched on January 10, 2022 and the deadline for submitting applications will be February 15, 2022.

“Cooperation and long-term planning are essential in the film industry to achieve lasting results,” said Matthieu Darras, CEO of Tatino Films. “Our vision is not just to support individual film projects, but to elevate the entire film industry to new standards of storytelling and production value.”

FDCP President and CEO Liza Diño said: “Coherence and continuity – that’s our mission. Over the past few years, the Philippines’ deliberate focus on regional collaboration through project and talent development has brought us global traction and success.

Projects fueled by previous editions of the laboratory include that of Avid Liongoren Hayop Ka!, which was the first Filipino animated feature film selected in the official selection of the Annecy Festival; and a series of first feature films recognized by international festivals, more recently Leonor will never die, directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar, which will premiere in the Sundance World Cinema Drama Competition in January 2022.


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