Full Circle Lab Philippines is a capacity-building program aimed at supporting Filipino and Southeast Asian filmmakers. The second edition of the Lab takes place online, from the 12th to 30th of September 2020

Full Circle Lab Philippines is co-organised by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Tatino Films.

Full Circle Lab Philippines aims at:

–> Identifying, nurturing and training creative talents in the Philippines and in South-East Asia;

–> Supporting Filipino & South-East Asian film projects along their development & post-production processes – in order to enhance their artistic and audience potentials with a focus on storytelling;

–> Fostering the internationalisation of the Filipino film industry, and positioning the Philippines as a creative hub in the South-East Asian region.


from John Denver Trending (Full Circle Lab 2019)


The Lab is composed of four modules: Fiction, Series, 
Animation and First Cut Labs

The Fiction Lab nurtures 8 feature films in development. It combines works in plenary, groups and individual consultations. Each project is followed by two mentors, one focusing specifically on script development – either Ayman El Amir or Helen Beltrame-Linné – and the other on production issues – either Meiske Taurisia or Giovanni Pompili.

The Series Lab aims at answering the growing demand for episodic content from VOD platforms, and will nurture
4 series projects – both mini-series and multi-season series accepted. Projects are mentored by script consultant and development executive Mmabatho Kau and producer Naomi Levari.

The Animation Lab is designed to support the development of
4 animation IP stories (shorts, features or series), in order to encourage original narratives from South-East Asian animators. Projects are mentored by writer & script consultant Aleksandra Świerk, and producer Juraj Krasnohorsky.

The First Cut Lab is open to 4 feature films at editing stage, and helps creative teams to reach the film they envision, fostering their artistic and circulation potentials. Under the supervision of Matthieu Darras, this 3-day Lab involves all the mentors of Full Circle Lab as advisors, with Benjamin Mirguet, Matthieu Taponier and Maya Maffioli as editor consultants.


How to apply

Full Circle Lab Philippines is open to filmmakers from Philippines and South-East Asia countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Applicants should submit their entire application package:

– by the 1st of March 2020 deadline in the case of the Animation, Fiction & Series Labs;

– by the 15th of August 2020 deadline in the case of First Cut Lab.

Applications should be sent to: info@fdcp.ph.

For any information request, please contact: info@fdcp.ph.


The submission materials of all eligible applicants will be reviewed by the FDCP Selection Committee and will be shortlisted.

The FDCP Selection Committee and Full Circle Lab mentors shall confer to select the final selection, ensuring the diversity of the lineup.

FDCP announces the final selection of projects by the 24th of August 2020.

For Fiction, Animation & Series Labsthe stage of development of each project may vary.

Projects with or without producer(s) attached will equally be welcomed. There’s no need to have financing in place. Participants will be the author(s), and the directors and producers will also be attending if they are attached to the projects.

The Labs are open for projects that have not yet entered preproduction stage.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Logline (50 words), Synopsis (1 page), and Concept/Treatment (Up to 10 pages)
  • Director’s & producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)
  • Director’s & screenwriter’s filmographies (1 page)
  • Producer’s filmography (1 page) & Production company profile (1 page)
  • Rights to Adaptation if necessary.

For First Cut Labthe film’s producer, director, and editor must attend the whole duration of the Editing Lab.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A minimum of 30 minutes of scenes from the film subtitled in English.

Scenes can be separate and can be in rough cut.

  • Logline (50 words), Synopsis (1 page)
  • Director’s & producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages)
  • Director’s & editor’s filmographies (1 page)
  • Producer’s filmography (1 page) & Production company profile (1 page).


From Babae At Baril (Full Circle Lab 2019)



Full Circle Lab Philippines is led by Matthieu Darras and Izabela Igel on behalf of Tatino Films.

From left to right: Liza Diño (FDCP Chair), Jordan dela Cruz (participant & filmmaker), Mmabatho Kau (script consultant), Giovanni Pompili (producer mentor)



Script Consultant

Ayman El Amir is a script consultant and film producer from Egypt. He worked as a script consultant for many programs, labs and institutes…

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…including TorinoFilmLab, Doha Film Institute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, International Marrakesh Film Festival Atlas Workshop and The Royal Film Commission of Jordan. 

In 2016, he implemented MAHD Film Lab, a Cairo-based script development programme open to filmmakers working on Arab film projects and Arab-European co-production. As a producer, his latest work includes the short fiction, FAKH, selected for the official competition of Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival 2019 and the feature documentary HAPPILY EVER AFTER, which premiered at IDFA 2016.


Script Consultant

Helen Beltrame graduated from Brazil’s most prestigious Law School in 1998 and worked for several years as a corporate lawyer before giving in to her passion and attending Film Studies in Paris in 2005-2006.

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In 2010 Helen joined Zazen Produções for the independent distribution of the Brazilian all-time box office record, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” (2010). In 2011 Helen decided to dedicate herself to scriptwriting. In 2014 Helen was hired to be the CEO of The Bergman Center Foundation on Fårö and festival director of the Bergman Week, which she did for 3 years. After serving as editor for Folha de São Paulo, Helen has been dedicated to screenwriting and film consulting since early 2019.



Giovanni Pompili is a creative producer dedicated to discover emerging talents and supporting their visions. His multi-award winning films – shorts and features, fiction and non fiction –  have enjoyed significant worldwide success, screening in Official Competition in Cannes, Venezia, Toronto, Locarno and Busan. 

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Lately factual credits include the feature-length debut SOLE by Carlo Sironi an italian- polish coproduction handled by Luxbox. He is a member of Eave, Eurodoc, Producers’s Network and Berlinale Talents. He shares his expertise teaching production at IED in Rome and tutoring project in development workshop such Full Circle Lab.



She entered film industry in 2004, and co-founded babibutafilm in 2007. She produced Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008, Rotterdam-Fipresci Award), Postcards from the Zoo (2012, Berlinale), The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might (2015, Cannes), to name a few. 

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In 2016 she co-founded Palari Films and produced Posesif (2017, SGIFF), Aruna & Her Palate (2018, Culinary Cinema, Berlinale). Both films won awards at Festival Film Indonesia such as Best Director, Best Actor & Actress, Best Scenario Adaptation & Best Supporting Actor.
Aside from producing film, in 2013 she founded Yayasan Cipta Citra Indonesia, a foundation that focuses on supporting the independent film scenes in Indonesia in various formats. Kolektif, a distribution program for independent films; Kinosaurus, a micro cinema; LOCK, a film lab for young and rising filmmakers, and several other programs.



Script Consultant

Since starting her career over 15 years ago, she has worked as a producer, broadcast and development executive as well as a script consultant on various films.  

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She is passionate about media in general but film and television in particular. She worked within a public service broadcast environment as well as a commercial pay television environment. Over the years, she produced drama series, reality shows as well as lifestyle shows for various broadcasters in South Africa. Beyond her work as a producer, she has a deep passion for helping writers find the heart of their story through her work as a script consultant. The best scripts come when a writer is given permission to look beyond what they know. She owns a company called Raindrop Media, which she registered in 2014. The purpose of the company is to develop and produce film and television projects which tell African stories that have strong global resonance.



Naomi Levari is a TV and film producer, script editor and a lecturer. Black Sheep Film Productions, under her management, has produced five prime time TV series to date and is now busy preparing its sixth series. 

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“Mama’s Angel” Black Sheep’s recent TV series, which Levari produced and edited, premiered at the official competition of Series Mania and has been distributed in many territories including the US and the UK.
Naomi lectures about production and show running and conducts one to one mentoring for writers.



Writer & Script Consultant

In her professional career she has assisted in the development of almost a hundred scripts within different workshops as a tutor and as a freelance consultant. 

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Consulting, writing and co-writing animations is big part of her professional experience, she collaborates with top Polish animation producers, such as Animoon, EGoFILM, Badi Badi. Aleksandra has co-funded Polish script development workshop Atelier Scenariuszowe which is dedicated to emerging writers developing their first or second feature. She has been working for numerous selection committees and jury panels, including Krakow Film Festival, ScriptWars award, One Movie Project, TorinoFilmLab, Less Is More, Sources2, and tutoring for acknowledged script workshops.



Juraj Krasnohorsky is a film producer based in Bratislava. He lived for 14 years in Geneva, Bilbao and Paris where he studied physics, mathematics and film. In 2010 he founded Artichoke and released his debut feature film as director Tigers in the City (2012).

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He shifted towards producing films and in 2016 his co-produced animated short film Superbia (2016) by Luca Tóth competed at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. As a creative producer he currently works on several animated, feature length and documentary films, such as the Eurimages supported 2D/3D animated feature film for adults White Plastic Sky (in production) by Tibor Bánóczki & Sarolta Szabó and animated stop-motion feature film for children Of Unwanted Things and People (in production), winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at Cartoon Movie 2019. Juraj is an EAVE alumni and head of studies of the CEE Animation Workshop.





Benjamin Mirguet is an editor, trainer, director, festival programmer. As an editor, he was involved in projects as “Batalla En El Cielo” by Carlos Reygadas…


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Meteora” by Spiros Stathoulopoulos,” 40 Days Of Silence” by Saodat Ismailova, “Dau” by Ilya Khrzhanovski, “Deadweight” by Axel Koenzen, “The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” by Ben Rivers, “Together Forever” by Lina Luzyte and “Rey” by Niles Atallah, premiering in international festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Since 2015, he runs First Cut Lab together with Matthieu Darras. In 2017, he developed and served as tutor for the Trailer Workshop in Istanbul. In 2018, he was editing tutor for 5 projects in QUMRA (Doha Film Institute), a workshop dedicated to films in postproduction. He was part of the selection committee for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2010 and 2011. He also collaborated with CPH:DOX Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival programming team in 2011.



Born in 1982, Matthieu Taponier is a Franco-American script consultant, screenwriter and film editor. 

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After studying Modern Literature in Paris, he completed a MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was trained as a story editor by the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch program in 2013 and has been since tutoring in workshops such as Critic’s Week Next Step program, Biennale College-Cinema and Le Groupe Ouest (Cross Chanel Film Lab, Puissance & Ame). He collaborated both as a script consultant and film editor on Son of Saul by László Nemes (Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival 2015, Oscar 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film), and as co-writer and film editor on Nemes’ second feature film, Sunset, that premiered in competition in Venice in 2018. 



Italo-British editor Maya Maffioli grew up in Italy but settled in London in the early 2000s. It’s in the UK that she started working in post production: first as a runner, then as assistant editor, and editor.  

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In 2006-2008 she attended the editing MA at the National Film and Television School. At film school she met director Michael Pearce and collaborated with him on his two BAFTA nominated shorts RITE ( 2010 ) and KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES ( 2013 ), and later on editing his feature debut BEAST which won a BAFTA for Best Debut in 2019. Maya worked on an array of projects, including the art film project DAU by Russian director Ilya Khrzanovsky ( editing the segment KATYA TANYA ), the Netflix-backed documentary KINGDOM OF US ( directed by Lucy Cohen ) and has recently worked with Sarah Gavron on the feature film ROCKS, which opened 2019 TIFF Platform section and has been shown in several international festivals. She recently completed work on Clio Barnard’s latest feature ALI & AVA, currently in post production.


March 1, 2020 Applications Deadline for Fiction, Series & Animation Labs

August 15, 2020 Applications Deadline for First Cut Lab

August 24, 2020 Announcement of Selected Projects

12th – 14th of September Public Lectures

15th – 29th of September  Series Lab

15th – 29th of September  Animation Lab

17th – 29th of September  Fiction Lab

18th – 29th of September  First Cut Lab


Full Circle Lab Philippines in an initiative of Film Development Council of the Philippines and Tatino Films.