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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

FDCP allots P50M fund to help PH scriptwriters, filmmakers

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) launched the P50-million "CreatePHFilms" funding program to help Filipino scriptwriters and filmmakers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CreatePHFilms will grant funds for:

  • Development (Scriptwriting and Project Development),

  • Production (Small Budget and Large Budget),

  • Post-Production, and

  • Distribution.

For 2020, the deadline for application is on November 15. For 2021, there will be two deadlines: May and November.

Those eligible to apply are Filipino filmmakers and companies accredited by the FDCP’s National Registry. All eligible projects must also have a Filipino director.

Aside from these, all of the funds must be spent only in the Philippines for eligible expenses.

To know the requirements, visit the FDCP website.

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño said, "The countries with the most thriving film industries all have a sustainable domestic funding mechanism from the government," adding that the CreatePHFilms project aims to "empower our writers, filmmakers, and companies to create quality stories that become quality films.”

CreatePHFilms was launched on September 28 at the closing celebration of 100 years of Philippine Cinema.

"CreatePHFilms shows the continued support of the government for the vulnerable sectors of the Filipino film industry that are gravely affected by the pandemic,” Diño said.

Fund for scriptwriting

The FDCP wants Filipino scriptwriters to develop innovative stories based on Filipino culture and heritage.

The CreatePHFilms Fund for Scriptwriting includes a financial support of up to P100,000 aside from at least two sessions of consultations about the concept, creative issues, and development of the screenplay.

The applicant must hold or share the intellectual property rights of the feature-length film script (animation, documentary, or fiction), either in English or Filipino.

The criteria for judging include the degree to which the project targets the Filipino audience and promotes Philippine territory and culture.

The proposed film must have compelling ideas and a potential to be a great film.

The quality of the script as well as the caliber of the scriptwriter and director will also be considered.

Fund for project development

The CreatePHFilms Fund for Project Development is up to PHP 200,000 for production companies.

The eligibility requirements for the CreatePHFilms Fund for Project Development and Scriptwriting are the same. For Project Development applications, the experience of the team will also be considered.

For the other categories and eligibility requirements, e-mail or visit

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