The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will hold its second annual International Film Exhibit (IFX) at the SMX Convention Center on September 6 and 7. The event aims to elevate the national film industry to the global arena.
The IFX is open to local and international film exhibitors, filmmakers, industry suppliers, film production studios and academic institutions. It serves as: an open market for film services and products, an open-ground for discovering the latest technological trends for film, an area where ideas are freely shared between filmmakers and stakeholders, and an opportunity for partnerships to be forged between local production companies, producers, distributors and filmmakers.
Apart from the open-market, a series of symposiums will also be conducted. A wide variety of topics will be covered that aim to: shed light on the state of the film industry in the Philippines and abroad, share technological advancements that will benefit filmmakers, and promote education as a tool towards a future-ready film-industry.
Following up on the success of IFX 2012 in Davao City, IFX 2013 will be a bigger and more focused event that will allow invited local and international film exhibitors, filmmakers, industry suppliers, film production studios, and academic institutions to interact and explore opportunities for co-production and technical or educational exchange.
With the theme “Your Film Corridor to Asia”, IFX 2013 is presented as:
a) the most effective vehicle that features the latest trends and technologies in filmmaking;
b) a distinct international marketplace for film-related products and services;
c) an interactive venue for the exchange of ideas between film stakeholders around the world; and
d) a direct link between foreign and local production companies, producers, distributors, filmmakers, artists, and academic institutions.
Highlight of the exposition will be a film market designed to catapult the Philippines as a film hub in Asia. With the country being centrally located, the IFX will showcase the Philippines as very much accessible to most Asian countries and offering safe and affordable filming experience with its varied strategic and beautiful locations.
The Expo will also aim to position the Philippines as an emerging trendsetter in the field of cinema by being at the forefront of latest trends, development, and technologies in the Asia-Pacific region.
A major component of the IFX 2013 is the International Film Conference (IFC) which will feature a series of symposia covering a wide array of topics about the state, challenges, and opportunities surrounding the film industry worldwide. The conference will bring together international stakeholders in film to discuss critical issues affecting the film industry worldwide, present technological advances and promote education as a tool towards a future-ready film industry.
Also included is the Film ASEAN Summit. It centers on the theme, “Regional Empowerment and Mutual Cooperation”, and will advance the crafting of an ASEAN film agenda to accelerate the development of the film industry in the ASEAN region.
Participating countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Key areas of the Film Agenda include co-production, sharing of resources and expertise, joint educational programs, regional film festivals and film competition, and development of regional facilities for archiving, film studios, and training.
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