JUST A THOUGHT: ‘The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.’ – Arthur Koestler

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PITCHING STORIES IN CANNES: Independent producer and director Treb Monteras has lined up six promising film projects for potential pitching at Cannes International Film Festival’s Producers Network.

0 - MOVIEGOER: Filipino film companies target Cannes film market

LIZA DIÑO-ESGUERRA, FDCP chairperson and CEO

The young, multi-awarded man of Dogzilla company and the movie “Respeto” is part of the 30-man delegation sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) taking part in the exclusive producers-only event that brings together producers from all over the world to network with international partners for possible co-productions.

Monteras, a first-timer in Cannes just like many of his fellow delegates, has high hopes Filipino filmmakers like himself could bring home hefty co-production deals that can help elevate Philippine movies into world-class products.

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BIG FILIPINO DELEGATION: The Philippines is the Spotlight Country at the prestigious Marché du Film’s Cannes Producers Network.

Marché du Film is the world’s biggest film market which is held alongside the Cannes Film Festival.

On May 21, FDCP will present the following Filipino film companies to more than 300 international partners.

They are APT Entertainment, Inc., Globe Studios, The IdeaFirst Company, Spring Films, and TEN17P.

ABS-CBN Films, the biggest film production outfit in the Philippines, is a special guest.

Completing the FDCP delegation are film producers Monster Jimenez (Arkeofilms), Madonna Tarrayo (UXS, Inc.), Dan Villegas (Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects), Kriz Anthony Gazmen (Black Sheep), Michaela Tadena (Media East Productions), Pamela Reyes (Create Cinema), and Arleen Cuevas (Cinematografica Films).

Cannes Delegates and FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño - MOVIEGOER: Filipino film companies target Cannes film market

LIZA WITH Cannes delegates

FDCP is undertaking their roundtrip airfare to Cannes.

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EXCEPTIONAL PLATFORM: FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Esguerra said Cannes is an exceptional platform for our filmmakers and film companies to share our stories to global audiences.

“We can’t wait for them to collaborate with international filmmakers and help them turn their dream projects into reality,’’ she added.

Per FDCP’s grand design, the goal is to market Filipino films to other markets abroad. Part of this vision is to enrich filmmakers’ perspective by going global, through funding and storytelling.

The producers and production companies are being featured in the Philippines’ Marché du Film Pavilion along the Village International Riviera up to May 23.

They will be joined by BlackOps Studios Asia, Concept One, Epicmedia, Rocketsheep Studio, Sine Olivia Pilipinas, TBA Studios, Unitel Productions, Inc., and Visioncapture.

The objective here is to network with international content buyers and sellers.

FDCP participates annually in the Marché du Film and supports the Philippine delegation of the film market and the film festival. This year, FDCP will host a Marché du Film Pavilion with the Singapore Film Commission.

The Cannes Film Festival is ongoing ’till the 25th.

In previous decades, some Filipino films made their mark in Cannes, among them “Bona” (Nora Aunor), “Kapit Sa Patalim” (Phillip Salvador) and “Insiang” (Hilda Koronel), all three directed by Lino Brocka. Back in the 1970s, Brocka had the vision to target the international market for local films.

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