The Film Development Council of the Philippines will hold the first ever International Film Conference (IFC) on June 26 and 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.
With the theme ‘The Future Has Arrived’, IFC 2012 will be attended by an impressive roster of foreign and local resource persons from the world of international cinema who will discuss the latest trends and developments in the motion picture industry worldwide.
Film Academy of the Philippines Director General Leo G. Martinez has been invited by FDCP Chairman Briccio G. Santos to participate in the two-day conference.
The FAP director general was specifically invited to participate in setting up “a working network that can facilitate co-production ventures and exchange of technology and knowledge among the motion picture industry players from the participating countries in the Asian Film Commissions and the ASEAN.”
Briccio explains that the FDCP has arranged an array of interesting topics for the conference, like building creative capabilities, enhancing technical expertise and providing opportunities for collaborative work among film-makers in the Asian region, including large-scale co-production ventures by Indonesia, Malaysia and China.
The conference topics will be sub-divided into three modules as follows:
June 26, 9:45 am to 12:30 p.m.—Module 1 “Technological Advances; Opportunities for Growth”
June 26, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.—Module 2 “Location Shooting, Developing the Potential for Film in Tourism and Co-Production Ventures”
June 27, 9 a.m. to 12 noon—Module 3 “Cooperative Programs for Education and Training: Film Trends in Asia
(The resource persons for each module are in separate article published with this news item—editor)
Simultaneously, the ASEAN Committee members of the Asian Film Commission Network (AFCNet) will be holding a landmark summit meeting in Manila on June 26-28.
Attending the summit meeting will be the heads and representatives of various film commissions of ASEAN, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The agenda will cover proposals for joint film productions and educational initiatives among the ASEAN countries.
Meanwhile, the nine-member board of the AFCNet will hold its board meeting on June 27. The AFCNet is the largest association of film commissions in the Asian region with 44 regular members and two associate members from 16 countries.
It was established in 2003 to strengthen the network of film commissions and location support organizations and to enhance the role of the Asian film industry as a major contributor to economic and cultural relations, not only among the member countries but also with traditional major markets such as the US and Europe.
FDCP Chairman Santos is the current vide-president of AFCNet when the present board was elected during the board meeting at Busan, South Korea in October 2010.
The AFCNet’s ASEAN Committee Secretariat office is currently based at the FDCP offices in Makati City.