Film Training Program, Directors Factory Sets Up in The Philippines



Cannes’ Directors Fortnight section has joined forces with The Philippines for the latest edition of its Directors Factory professional training program.

Operating since 2013, when it kicked off in Taiwan, the Directors’ Factory works with a new partner country each year to mentor eight budding filmmakers who are preparing ambitious first or second feature projects that they will make in pairs.

The four resulting co-written and co-directed short films will be screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (aka Quinzaine des Cineastes) in May.

Four pairs were selected in Manila in October: Eve Baswel (Philippines) and Gogularaajan Rajendran (Malaysia); Maria Estela Paiso (Philippines) and Ashok Vish (India); Arvin Belarmino (Philippines) and Lomorpich Rithy (aka YoKi) (Cambodia); Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Philippines) and Tan Siyou (Singapore).

They have now begun writing their screenplays and are expected to shoot their films March in Dapitan, a city in The Philippines’ Zamboanga Peninsula, known for its many shrines and as the place of exile of Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal. These days it is a hub for domestic and international tourism.

Post-production of the four titles will then be hosted in Quezon City, which seeks to become the new film capital of the Philippines and where many of the country’s post-production houses are already based.

The program is operated and co-produced by Epicmedia Productions of The Philippines and Dominique Welinski, founder and curator of DW (France). It is supported by Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Julien Rejl, with leading Philippines director Lav Diaz responsible for mentoring.

This year’s Philippines edition is additionally supported by Dakak Resort, the city government of Dapitan, Quezon City Film Commission, Qcinema, Anima Studios of Kroma Entertainment and CMB Film Services.


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