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RP lands global co-prod deals in HK film market

By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 08:29pm (Mla time) 03/27/2008

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 flick “Stryker.”

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.

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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 China.

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.

E-mail mcruz@inquirer.com.ph.



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