RP lands global
co-prod deals in HK film market
MANILA, Philippines—Two international production outfits have
committed to make four films here, according to the Philippine
delegates to the recently concluded 6th Hong Kong International Film
and TV Market.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines, promoting the
country as an alternative film site, had set up a booth during the
three-day event where the delegation, headed by FDCP chair Jacky
Atienza, met with interested producers.
Canada-based Long Tale Entertainment is set to shoot two movies
here—“Vanilla Manila” and “Going to America.” Long Tale’s Harry
Sutherland is scheduled to arrive here next month for location
scouting and pre-production work, according to Digna Santiago,
Philippine Film Export Services Office chair.
PFESO is the service arm of the FDCP.
Santiago said 147 Productions, co-owned by Roger Corman and Erica
North, has likewise committed to make two films. The first movie,
called “Road Wars,” will be a sequel to Cirio H. Santiago’s sci-fi
Santiago said other “serious inquiries” came from Psyclone
Productions’s Karen Law, who is scouting for a Filipino co-producer
for her movie “Songbird;” and from MohoFilm’s Ann Soo Hun, who is
looking to the Philippines for an African dessert movie setting.
Filmmaker Adolf Alix (“Batanes,” “Donsol”) met with “possible”
co-producers from France and Hong Kong for his next film “Kalayaan,”
about a patrolman in the Spratly Islands. “We will meet again after
their budget review,” Alix reported.
Another focus of the event was digital distribution. Former
Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos said a meeting was held between the
Animation Council of the Philippines and Robert Chua of Shanghai
Media Group on the possibility of showing Filipino content in
Marcos is president of Creative Media and Film Society of the
Philippines which seeks to unify people from the independent film,
animation, and digital media industries.
“Chua’s was the first foreign media outfit to enter the Chinese
TV market, and he’s interested in beaming Filipino materials there,”
Marcos told Inquirer Entertainment.
The Filmart coincided with the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing
Forum, which featured Asia’s 25 most promising filmmakers. The list
included Brillante “Dante” Mendoza, who snatched a $500,000 (P20.5M)
co-production deal with French outfit Swift Distribution for his
next film, “Serbis.”
The 2008 HK Filmart involved distribution, production and
acquisition of film, TV programs, animation, digital
entertainment/games, digital effects and music.