by RICA AREVALO
In line with the 100th anniversary of Philippine cinema, the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines will hold the 3rd Film Industry Conference and Workshop Series at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City this Sept. 13-15, with foreign experts coming to share their perspectives in dominating the global film market.
The first day will have regional and international award-winning producer Lorna Tee who will talk about the role of the producer in an international setting. Tee is the Head of Festival Management of International Film Festival Macao, which creates an diverse environment when East meets West in her programming and business deals. Her producing credits include Beautiful Washing Machine, The Shoe Fairy, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, I’ll Call You, My Mother is a Bellydancer, At the end of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, and Postcards from the Zoo.
Also speaking on Sept. 13 are Raymond Phathanavirangoon, South East Asian Fiction Film Lab’s (SEAFIC) executive director and Paolo Bertolin of the Locarno Open Doors Program, who return to the Philippines to talk about the importance of film labs in project development and industry partner networking.
Raymond founded the nine-month intensive script lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers, with producing credits including Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice, Josh Kim’s How to Win at Checkers, Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Headshot, Pang Ho-cheung’s Dream Home, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata, among others. Paolo on the other hand is a film critic, producer, and festival programmer who has spent most of his time travelling to Europe and Asia. He is in the selection committee of the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, whose producing credits in Berlinale Competition films Phan Dang Di’s Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories, Lav Diaz’ A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, and Amit Dutta’s Chitrashala.
Day 2 of the conference will have Samantha Horley tackling Writing with an Audience in Mind, where she will lecture on the critical steps of film development targeting a filmmakers’ mastery. With over 20 years of experience working in international film sales, marketing, development, and production for PolyGram, Summit and as MD of The Salt Company, she is now a consultant of established BAFTA and Oscar winning producers to first-time writers and filmmakers, guiding them from script treatment to post-production.
The conference’s second day will also have Weijie Lai, a producer who was behind one of 2018’s most successful Asian films, Pop Aye – Singapore’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film category in last year’s Academy Awards. Based in Singapore and Toronto, Canada, he will discuss the journey of Pop Aye, which won the Sundance Screenwriting Award, Rotterdam Big Screen Award, and the FIPRESCI Jury Award at the Netia Off Camera International Film Festival in Krakow, Poland.
Discussing the artistic, financial, and organizational considerations the filmmakers has to consider before venturing in co-production with is other countries, particularly Asian and European co-productions, is Patrick Mao Huang. There is also a workshop on film budgeting from Katrina Stagner, Joint Managing Director, Film Finances, Inc. which aims to untangle and not complicate one’s film budget when working within financial limits. She is credited in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Last Passenger, Hunky Dory, and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
On September 15, the last day of the conference, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) Managing Director Thomas Nam will focus on the Fantastic Genre Film and Its Networks. BIFAN has helped prosper genre films on a global level, and the diverse filmmakers and audiences that attend its yearly specialized film festival. Mikhail Red’s Eerie nabbed the NAFF Award at the 10th Network of Asian Fantastic Films, held during the 21st BIFAN in South Korea in 2017.
For more details on the workshops and conference, visit http://fdcp.ph/.