5 EASY STEPS TO FILMING IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Application
Look up our directory of National Registry-certified Production Companies and choose your local partner Line Producer who will represent your company in all local business and government transactions, and assist you in all your logistic requirements in the Philippines. Fill up the FilmPhilippines Application Form indicating your timetable and budget (Form_FF_001) and submit online to filmphilippines@fdcp.com (or via post or courier) along with a copy of your working script. Applicant must be able to demonstrate capacity by making a professional portfolio accessible to FDCP (via IMDB or other legitimate online platforms). A duly signed non-disclosure agreement (NDA) will be issued to you upon receipt of the script.
 
02
Evaluation
Within 5-10 working days after receipt of your completed application requirements, PFESO / FDCP will evaluate for eligibility based on criteria and feasibility. Upon approval, PFESO will notify Applicant of said status and will propose to calendar a pre-production conference with Applicant and Line Producer to begin collation and scheduling of requirements for necessary permits and production support items.
 
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Processing
PFESO issues a General Endorsement from FDCP CEO to facilitate expedited processing of requests and requirements with partner government agencies, as required by the production. All applications for government permits and licenses will be accomplished by a PFESO officer together with a representative of the Line Producer, except in cases where only the PFESO officer is required. PFESO will assist Line Producer with obtaining available incentives or discounts with production expenses (for instance, waived fees for permits and access to locations, hotel accommodation discounts, service provider discounts, and any other incentives which may be available at the locale, etc.)
 
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Coordination
Line Producer must submit a full sequence treatment, a fully-detailed production schedule and timetable (the “Production Timetable”), a location list with maps and plotting, and a finalized list of cast, technical crew and production staff along with their document information. No changes in the in the “Production Plan” can be made without prior discussion with and approval from PFESO (i.e. any changes that may affect the conduct of the shoots and/or disrupt the regular flow of business or traffic in a public area, etc.)
 
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Monitoring
As production of the project commences, PFESO will undertake set visits for monitoring of assistance and compliance of the production team with the agreed Production Plan. The production team must provide PFESO with a daily Production Report detailing notable items in the conduct of the shoots. The production team must provide PFESO with behind-the-scene (BTS) photos (at least 20 images in jpeg format), and BTS videos and highlights (at least 5 clips of 3 minutes each, in mp4 format) for use in promotions and documentation only. The production team shall include the following text in the Opening or Closing Credits of the film or TV program, including the official logo image of the institutions. – “Film Development Council of the Philippines”, and “Philippine Film Export Services Office”.
 
THE PHILIPPINES, AT A GLANCE
GEOGRAPHY & TOPOGRAPHY
  • The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia abundant with rich natural resources
  • The Philippines lay claim to 7,641 islands spread throughout its 300,000 square kilometers land area.
  • The Philippines is considered a mega-diversity country rivaled only by a few countries in the world when it comes to variety of ecosystems, species and genetic resources.
  • The country hosts more than 52,177 species of flora and fauna, more than half of which is found nowhere else in the world.
LANGUAGE
  • The two dominant languages in the Philippines are Filipino and English.
  • Filipinos are known for their strong command of the English language as it is widely used in official business transactions and commerce, entertainment, and education.
SEASONS AND CLIMATES
  • Dry Season – March to May
  • Wet Season – June to October
  • Cool/Temperate Season – November to February
  • Average temperatures in the Philippines usually range between 21 °C (70 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F) with the average yearly temperature coming in at around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F).
TRANSPORTATION
Land Transportation
  • The Philippine Highway Network, commonly known as Maharlika Highway, refers to the road system of the Philippines, at present the Philippine Highway Network has a total length of 32,932.71 kilometers connecting major cities throughout the archipelago.
  • Metered and fixed rate taxi, jeepneys, buses, and tricycles are widely available in all cities across the Philippines;
  • In Metro Manila, the fastest way of commuting is through the Light Rail Transit Train System, which has three major train lines spanning the metropolis.
Sea Transportation
  • The three major islands of the Philippines are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao is connected by a nautical highway which allows land vehicles to board the roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries—with Manila, Batangas, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Ormoc having the busiest ports.
  • This system reduces the usual land travel time by 17 hours to the different key cities, enhancing the accessibility of the prime tourist destinations.
Air Transportation
  • The main gateway to the Philippines is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which currently has four terminals located in the city of Pasay, in Metro Manila.
  • There are 11 other international airports in the Philippine strategically located in key cities in the country (Bohol, Clark Pampangga, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Cebu Mactan, Palawan Puerto Princesa, Bataan Subic Bay, and Zamboanga)
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
  • The metric system is widely used in the Philippines as the standard system of measurement—speed limit is measured in kilometers.
TIME ZONE
  • The Philippines has only 1 time zone, Philippine Time (PHT), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Median Time (GMT)
  • There are no Daylight Saving Time clock changes.
ELECTRICITY
  • In the Philippines the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B and C.
  • The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
CURRENCY
  • The Philippine peso (currency code: PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines, denoted by the following symbols: "₱" (official), P, and PHP. As of May, 2019, the current USD exchange rate is 1USD = 53PHP.
COUNTRY CODE
  • The Philippines country code 63 will allow you to call the Philippines from another country.