Full Circle Lab Philippines opens call for applications with new lab for story editors, hybrid workshop

January 12, 2022 Ian F. Fariñas 232 views

The Full Circle Lab Philippines (FCL PH), a joint capacity-building program for Filipino and other Southeast Asian filmmakers of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and European production outfit Tatino Films, has opened the call for applications for this year’s edition.

The 2022 edition will consist of four labs that will directly benefit 15 projects and 11 talents, with no less than 10 international mentors and industry advisors involved.

The Story Editor’s Lab, a new section, will also be introduced and will be focusing on story development particularly in the script development stage.

The FDCP’s flagship international film lab for Filipino and Southeast Asian films and filmmakers was renewed for another three-year cycle which will cover 2022 to 2024 — a long term plan that will culminate into the FCL Horizons 2025.

The project will be in hybrid format consisting of an onsite residential workshop in April and follow-up online sessions in September 2022.

The program aiming to provide opportunities for filmmakers and producers to further develop and elevate their projects will be opening its doors to participants of the films labs.

Full Circle Lab Philippines aims to identify, nurture and train creative talents in the Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia by supporting film projects along their development and post-production processes in order to enhance their artistic and audience potentials with a focus on storytelling.

This program also aims to foster the internationalization of the Filipino film industry and position the Philippines as a creative hub in the Southeast Asian region by creating synergy between the industry experts and professionals across the globe through sessions and talks.

This new three-year cycle will be joined by a mentor team composed of esteemed film professionals from all over the world.

Its call for application is open to eligible filmmakers from the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

“The whole world is looking at Asia now, and we want to capitalize on that and make sure that we are ready and equipped with the tools to take our diverse and unique stories to the global stage.

Through the Full Circle Lab Philippines, we are taking concrete steps toward making the Philippines a creative Hub for Filmmaking in the Southeast Asian region,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

“With that goal, and especially with this fast evolving milieu, it is imperative to continually equip our filmmakers with the tools for them to keep learning new skills, unlearning less effective practices, and relearning new strategies in doing things so they can keep up with the times,” she added.

Eligible applicants may submit the complete application package consisting of complete requirements and accomplished application form to