Source: Full Circle Lab Philippines


Full Circle Lab, a project development programme backed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), has announced the 20 projects selected for this year’s edition, which will take place online September 15-29. 

The initiative, which is co-headed by Matthieu Darras and Izabela Igel, will be preceded by the Film Industry Conference (September 11-15), which will also be held online and open to a larger audience. Full Circle Lab was initially scheduled to take place in Manila in April, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

First held in 2019 with a focus on projects from the Philippines, the initiative has opened up to projects from the wider Southeast Asian region this year, and has also added two labs dedicated to animation and series.

Filmmakers from the Philippines include Sheron Dayoc, who recently produced Arden Rod Condez’ John Denver Trending and whose directing credits include Women Of The Weeping River; Bradley Liew and John Torres, who are venturing into episodic series for the first time; and animation director Avid Liongren, who was recently awarded a development support grant from Locarno.

Projects from Southeast Asia include Don’t Cry Butterflies from Vietnam’s Duong Dieu Linh, produced by Singapore’s Tan Si En (Wet Season) and Malaysian filmmaker Aw See Wee’s Causeway (see full list below).

Mentors for the initiative include script consultants Ayman El Amir (Egypt) and Helen Beltramé-Linné (Brazil/Sweden) and producers Meiske Taurisia (Indonesia) and Giovanni Pompili (Italy). Juraj Krasnohorsky (Slovakia) and Aleksandra Świerk (Poland) will mentor the animation projects, while series projects will be mentored by Mmabatho Kau (South Africa) and Naomi Levari (Israel/Germany).



6th Finger, dir: Sheron Dayoc (Philippines), prods: Arden Rod Condez, Sonny Calvento, Alemberg Ang

Baby Rose, dir: Giancarlo Abrahan (Philippines), prod: Kriz Gazmen

Devils In Paradise, dir: Joe Bacus (Philippines), prod: Benjamin Padero

Dear Wormwood, dir: Eduardo Dayao (Philippines), prods: Patti Lapus, Bradley Liew 


Causeway, dir: Aw See Wee (Malaysia), prod: Lim Shu Jia

Don’t Cry Butterflies, dir: Duong Dieu Linh (Singapore/Vietnam), prod: Tan Si En

Pierce, dir: Nelicia Low (Singapore/Taiwan), prods: Sam Chua, Jeremy Chua

Till The Cave Fills, dir: Nguyen Le Hoang Viet (Vietnam), prods: Nguyen Le Hang, Joshua Levy


Children Of The Ruins, dir: Will Fredo (Philippines), prod: Jillmer S. Dy

Hanoi In A Tree, dir: Andy Nguyen (Vietnam), prod: Le Quynh Anh

Jaja Firebrand, dir: Bradley Liew (Philippines), prod: Bianca Balbuena

Tempestuous, dir/prod: John Torres (Philippines)


Light Lost, dir/prod: Avid Liongren (Philippines)

Oyayi, dir: Mitzi Delima (Philippines), prod: Victor Villanueva

Strange Natives, dir: Paolo Herras (Philippines), prod: Paolo Herras

With You (short), dir: August Lyle Espino (Philippines), prod: Kim Timan


City Of Small Blessings, dir: Chen-Hsi Wong (Singapore), prod: Fran Borgia

Hours Of Ours (documentary), dir: Komtouch Napattaloong (Thailand), prod: Noorahaya Lahtee

Mirador, dir: Loy Arcenas (Philippines), prod: Alemberg Ang

Return Of The Owl, dir: Martika Escobar (Philippines), prods: Monster Jimenez, Mario Cornejo