Filmmakers can now travel abroad for free
Good news, future festival winners!
(SPOT.ph) Film Development Council of the Philippines Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra announced that they've come up with a new travel assistance program for producers of local films that will compete or be exhibited in festivals abroad.
"The new travel-assistance program will be formally launched in October, but it has already been implemented on the request of Filipino delegates attending the 2016 Busan International Film Festival from October 6 to 15," reported Philippine Daily Inquirer on September 25.
Diño-Seguerra explained, "The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) earlier identified the festivals on its priority list, but aid was given to the same people who requested for it. I’ve also received complaints on the issue when I did my consultation with the film community, so I proposed to the council a standard procedure to ensure that more people can avail of the financial aid."
The Inquirer enumerated the provisions in the new travel assistance program. They are as follows:
- A film production could avail of travel assistance for a maximum of two festivals per year.
- A full-length film that is part of the main competition under the category, Competitive Feature Film Festivals, can avail of airfare for two persons (the filmmaker, actor, or a member of production staff), their hotel accommodation for three days and two nights at a partner hotel, and a per diem for three days (U.S. $50 or U.S. $70/day depending on the country).
- A movie for exhibition/screening is entitled to airfare for one person.
- A competing short film is entitled to airfare for one person (the filmmaker, actor, or a member of production staff), as well as hotel accommodation for three days at a partner hotel.
- A short film that is up for exhibition will get financial assistance in the amount of not more than U.S. $500.
- Full-length projects competing in the Specialized Feature Film Festivals category will be entitled to airfare for one person and hotel accommodation for three days. The same will be accorded to competing documentary films and short films.
- Full-length films that will be up for screening/exhibition will get airfare for one person.
- For the Noncompetitive Feature Film Festivals category, full-length films are entitled to airfare for one person.
- Short films in competition can avail of airfare for one person as well as hotel accommodation for three days.
- For the Documentary and Short Film Festivals category, competing films can avail of airfare for one person as well as hotel accommodation for three days, while those for exhibition are entitled to financial assistance in the amount of not more than U.S. $500.