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.

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.

Discover the line up, mentors and industry advisors!

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.



EFA awarded film editor and a member of the: Polish Association of Editors (PSM), Polish Film Academy (PAF) and European Film Academy (EFA).

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She studied History and the Theory of Film at the University of Łódź and Film editing at Łódź Film School. In 2015, she was awarded „Best editing” at the Polish Film Festival for “11 Minutes” by Jerzy Skolimowski and “The Here After” by Magnus von Horn. In the same year she was nominated for Polish Academy Award for „Best editing for “Jeziorak” by Michał Otłowski. In 2016, she was awarded Polish Academy Award for „Best editing” of “11 Minutes” by Jerzy Skolimowski. In 2017 her work on the documentary film „Communion” by Anna Zamecka, culminated in a „Best European Documentary” award, which lead to a shortlist for the Oscars. This in the light of being named as candidates for “All That I Love”, “11 Minutes” and “Difret” in the category of „Best Foreign Feature Film”. Agnieszka’s last work – “Sweat” directed by Magnus von Horn was selected to Cannes Film Festival 2020.



Kristína Aschenbrennerová is festival programmer for Art Film Fest Košice and Slovak Queer Film Festival with a very soft spot for the Far East cinemas.


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She is a member of the National Cinematographic Centre of the Slovak Film Institute team responsible for promotion of Slovak cinema and the Pop Up Film Residency project manager. Also, she writes for Asian Movie Pulse, film.sk and kino ikon.

An alumna of the Faculty of Laws of the Comenius University in Bratislava and of film theory and history at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University in Brno, she is ever curious to meet new challenges.



Christophe started his career as a producer in 2005, working with actress-director Isild Le Besco as partner to Paris-based production company Sangsho, which he managed up until 2007.

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He thus took his first steps into feature film production with L’INTOUCHABLE by Benoit Jacquot (premiering at Venice Film Festival) and CHARLY, the second film by Isild Le Besco. Christophe is also one of the founding members of Les Films de la Butte, a production company where he developed and produced ET SI ON VIVAIT TOUS ENSEMBLE? by Stéphane Robelin. In 2013, Christophe founded Ici et Là Productions, to be fully independent. He produces the new film by Stéphane Robelin, MR. STEIN GOES ONLINE featuring again Pierre Richard (global box office success). He coproduced also the first feature by French hip hop band La Rumeur, PARIS PRESTIGE featuring Reda Kateb et Slimane Dazi. Since 2007, Christophe has given regular talks on production for various organisations, such as La fémis Film School, the Festival de Cannes Film Market and EAVE, where he established the Asian program TTB (Ties That Bind). He is the Head of Studies.



Mike is an international producer and executive producer whose new company Good Chaos was established in 2019. He is preparing film projects with high profile talent including Sean Baker, Sally El Hosaini, Edward Berger, Jalmari Helander and Anne Fontaine. 

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He is also a producer on the new film by Ruben Ostlund Triangle Of Sadness and Jasmila Sbanic’s Quo Vadis, Aida which had its world premiere in Venice competition this year. Goodridge has spent over 30 years in the international film world, discovering and promoting new talent through festival curation (he has worked for Sarajevo and runs the Macao festival), production, finance and international sales. Mike was previously CEO of UK-based production, finance and sales company Protagonist Pictures and put together the finance and distribution of hit films such as Cold War, The Lobster, Love & Friendship, The Florida Project and many others. Among the films he has executive produced are Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, The Discovery starring Rooney Mara and Robert Redford, My Old Lady with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline and Oren Moverman’s The Dinner starring Richard Gere and Steve Coogan.



Since May 2007 Alessandro has been the head of international relations of the FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA AUDIOVISUAL FUND where among other things he heads When East Meets West co-production platform. 

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Alessandro Gropplero is a graduate in Communication Studies at Trieste. In 2005 he began working for the Udine Far East Film Festival. Since May 2007 he has been the head of international relations of the FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA AUDIOVISUAL FUND. He has been the key figure in developing and organising a variety of international events, such as “When East meets West – Trieste Cross-border Meeting”; “Ties that bind” – Asia Europe Producers Workshop funded by MEDIA Mundus; “Eurodoc” – Transregional Workshops 2009/2011, in cooperation with the Slovenian Film Fund and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.



SUNG Jihae is a Korean film director. She joined to BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) as a Asian Film programmer…


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…and is now working as the director of BIFF Academy, the supporting and education department at BIFF. She got a Ph.D of film studies from the University of Paris 8 and is also teaching at KAFA(Korean Academy of Film Arts).



Anna Katchko is Film Producer and Chief Advisor at Kazakhstan’s Cinema Center. She is the founder & CEO of Tandem Production.


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Anna Katchko has produced more than 20 award-winning international co-productions (“Harmony Lessons”, Berlinale Silver Bear, “Black Hen” Venice IFF best debut,  “Mariam” Locarno Competition, “Proxima” Toronto Jury Price etc.). Her company Tandem Production is based in Germany, Kazakhstan and Russia. Katchko is a Chief Advisor at the Kazakh Cinema Center (main film body in Kazakhstan) and has founded and curated many international film-business/training events (Moscow Business Square, Eurasia Spotlight, EAVE CIS etc). Member of European Film Academy, Katchko is acknowledged by professional magazines (Variety, THR) as “Most Promising Eastern European Producer”, “European producer to watch”. 



Nashen Moodley is the director of the Sydney Film Festival since 2012, after stepping down from his role as Manager/Head of Programming of the Durban International Film Festival, which he held since 2001. 

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During his eight years at the helm, Sydney Film Festival has grown vastly. 2019, the event’s 66th year, marked highest ever attendance at the festival. As a highly respected international film programmer, Nashen has worked as an Industry Consultant at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and as an Expert at the Berlinale Talent Campus. From 2005 to 2017 he held the positions of Director of Asia and Africa Programmes and Director of Cinema of the World for the Dubai International Film Festival. He has been a jury member at various film festivals worldwide, including the San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, El Gouna, Durban and Tokyo film festivals.



Alexander Nanau is a German-Romanian filmmaker. His documentary film, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B was awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010. His feature documentary film TOTO AND HIS SISTERS was a European Academy Award nominee 2015.


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The film had a wide international distribution and played successfully in festivals worldwide. Alexander served as Director of Photography for the French/German documentary NOTHINGWOOD (Sonia Kronlund) that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered in Cannes as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017. His latest feature length documentary COLLECTIVE premiered at the Venice IFF 2019- as part of the Official Selection – Out of Competition.



Born and raised in Latin America, Japan, and US, Hiroyuki started his career in TV, advertisement and moved into film industry. During 2008 – 2012, he worked as a curator for CON-CAN movie festival, first online short film festival in Japan.

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He produced his first short film “SIX” with the French & Turkish directorial duo, C. Zencirci and G. Giovanetti in 2009. “SIX” was premiered at Locarno IFF short film competition in 2009. In 2013, he then produced his first fiction feature, ”Ningen (Human)” with the same directorial duo. “Ningen” was premiered at Toronto IFF 2013 and travelled more than 15 festivals receiving several awards. He is currently working as a project contractor for Japan Foundation Asia Center and his latest project includes Garin Nugroho’s “Setan Jawa”, a Silent Film with a Live 3D Sound Concert held in Tokyo 2019. Alumni of Talent Campus Tokyo 2013 and Berlinale Talents 2017.



Lorna Tee is a pan-Asian film producer and also a film festival organizer, dividing her time between Asia and Europe. She has worked for Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/ Japan), and Berlinale, CinemAsia Film Festival…


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..and is the founder/ Head of Festival Management for the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. Selected filmography includes The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the End of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K. She is developing film projects in Asia with her production company Paperheart, mentors/ lectures with film training programmes/ labs and consulting with various international film institutions and film funds.


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.