WHAT IS FLIP ?

The Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP) grants eligible international projects a 20% cash rebate on their qualified spend in the Philippines. By working with a Filipino line producer, post-production company or an animation studio, eligible foreign productions can take advantage of this considerable funding support apart from the automatic assistance that they can receive from the FilmPhilippines Office.

Foreign audiovisual content including feature films (live action, documentary or animation), short films, TV and VOD content (reality shows, series, unit), web content, music videos or virtual reality content.

Foreign audiovisual content including feature films (live action, documentary or animation), short films, TV and VOD content (reality shows, series, unit), web content, music videos or virtual reality content. The project must begin principal photography/animation production/post-production within 6 months from the approval of the project.

A service company organized and registered as a business in the Philippines and accredited by the FDCP National Registry which is engaged with a foreign production company on an international production can apply for FLIP.

The following are examples:

  • Line production companies specializing in providing production services, such as location scouting, logistics, and onsite production
  • Post-production companies
  • Animation companies
  • Other companies providing specialized services, such as visual effects, audio post-production, and the like.

Any genre. Themes that are not pornographic or portraying the Philippines in a negative light.

  • A completed FLIP Application Form and supporting documents.
  • At least PHP 8 Million (or approx. USD 157,000) in Qualifying Philippine Production Expenditures (refer to QPPE Guidelines and Supporting Documents for more information).
  • Project wholly or partly made in the Philippines for pre-production, production (studio, on-set shootings) and/or post-production (animation, visual effect, 3D conversion, editing, music and scoring, sound design, editing and mixing, voice overs, color grading, etc.).
  • The project must apply for the first time to FLIP.

The expenses will include eligible costs from pre-production to post-production of the project and covers the period from the date the FPO confirms the reception of the complete Provisional Application and ends at the date of confirmation of the complete Final Verification by the FPO.

Allowed Expenses under QPPE

  • Rights Acquisition
  • Salaries, Wages, and Social Contribution
  • Technical Goods and Services
  • Project Related Overheads and Other Goods and Services
  • Post-Production and Animation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation and Travel Expenses
  • Promotion Expenditures in the Philippines
  • Legal Costs
  • Line Producer’s Fee

For more information about eligible costs, see QPPE Guidelines and Supporting Documents.

Projects will be evaluated and selected for awarding based on the following criteria:

  • Degree to which the work promotes Philippine culture and locations
  • Degree to which the work contributes to the Philippine film industry
  • The global quality of the project

Successful applicants receive a 20% cash rebate of the QPPE of up to PHP 10 Million (approx. USD 200,000).

January to March, May to July, and September to November

 

 FLIP 

APPLICATION PROCESS

1
Apply for Provisional Application
 
 
4 MONTHS MAX
2
Receive Provisional Notification
 
 
6 MONTHS MAX
3
Start your production or post-production work in the Philippines
 
 
3 MOS. MAX AFTER FINAL
EXPENDITURE IN THE PHILIPPINES
4
Apply for Final Verification
 
 
1 MONTH AFTER APPROVAL
5
Receive final approval and get your 20% cash rebate