Leonor Will Never Die

Source: Full Circle Lab Philippines

Leonor Will Never Die

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and French production and consulting firm Tatino Films are partnering on 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 programme aims to nurture and develop Filipino and Southeast Asian projects with global potential. So far more than 100 film professionals and 48 film projects (32 in development and 16 in post-production) have moved through the lab.

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

The event will comprise 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 Story Editing Lab’s goal is to train film professionals capable of accompanying authors and directors during the whole creative process, primarily at the script development stage. Together with the Creative Producers Lab initiated in 2021, this addition reinforces the priority of Full Circle Lab Philippines to focus on skills training and building a sustainable audio-visual ecosystem.

Consultants for the lab’s new cycle include Weijie Lai (Singapore/Canada) and Patrick Mao Huang (Taiwan), who will join the team as producer consultants. The definitive 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 submissions will be February 15, 2022.

“Long-term cooperation and planning are key in the film industry to reach sustainable results,” said Tatino Films CEO Matthieu Darras. “Our vision is not only to support individual film projects but to elevate the whole film industry to new standards of storytelling and production value.”

FDCP chairperson and CEO Liza Diño said: “Consistency and continuity – that is our mission. In the last few years, the Philippines’ deliberate direction towards regional collaboration through the development of projects and talents has brought us global traction and success.”

Projects nurtured by previous editions of the lab include Avid Liongoren’s Hayop Ka!, which was the first Filipino animated feature film selected in the official selection of Annecy Film Festival; and a series of feature debuts recognised by international festivals, most recently Leonor Will Never Die, directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar, which will premiere in the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition in January 2022.