Film Development Assistance Program

About the Program


The surge in regional film festivals in the past 10 years has led to a wider access to and more inclusive appreciation of local content. To encourage diversity and develop more narratives across the regions, the Film Festival Development Assistance Program (FDAP) supports regional and special film festivals to be platforms for alternative content and to discover more stories to enhance the community’s film culture. 

The forms of support granted by FDAP include financial sponsorship, assistance in securing venues for screenings, exemption from MTRCB permits, film ratings, provision of mentors and lecturers for workshops, holding of the Filmmakers Night (networking event), and other marketing and events support.

Regional events that have been supported by FDAP include Cinema Rehiyon, Pasale: Cinemarehiyon-Bikol Film Festival, Tingin ASEAN Film Festival, Urduja Film Festival in Pangasinan, SINEliksik Bulacan DocuFest, and PeliKultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival. In Visayas, these are Binisaya Film Festival, CineKasimanwa: The Western Visayas Film Festival, Bacolod Shorts, Lutas Film Festival in Dumaguete City, Sine Negrense in Bacolod City, and  Cebu International Film Festival.


The Mindanao film festivals are Cinemagis: Northern Mindanao’s Digital Short Film Festival, Festival de Cine Paz Mindanao in Zamboanga City, Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival, Cine de Oro Film Festival in Cagayan de Oro, Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival in Davao, CineAnimo in Ozamiz City, Sandaan sa Minadanao, Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition, and Mindanao Film Festival.


Contact Details (ie. Division, e-mail)


Film Development Support Division

Mark John Pamintuan - [email protected]