WHAT IS FLIP ?

Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP) is a selective fund provided by The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), that aims to promote the Philippines as a filming destination. It is a financial incentive for accepted international projects that involve production and post-production of creative content in the Philippines.

This grant is given to qualified Filipino production companies that are partnering with an international production company in the execution of content development (specific to line production, animation, or post-production) in the Philippines.

Qualified and selected projects will receive a twenty percent (20%) cash rebate based on the project’s QPPE, with a maximum amount of Ten Million Pesos (Php 10,000,000 or approx. USD 180,000)

  • Feature and short films (regardless of length): Live action, IMAX, documentary, animation
  • TV and/or VOD content (documentary, reality shows, series, or unit)
  • Web content (series or unit), music videos, virtual reality content
  • Projects that will be wholly or partly made in the Philippines, be it production (studio or on-set shoots) and/or post-production (animation, visual effect, 3D conversion, editing, music and scoring, color grading, etc.)
  • Projects that will spend at least PhP 50 Million (approx. USD 900,000) on QPPE. For more information, refer to the QPPE guidelines and supporting documents
  • Projects that will begin its principal photography, animation production, or post-production within one (1) year from the approval of the grant
  • Filipino production companies that meet the following qualifications:
  • Organized and registered as a business in the Philippines
  • Serving as a line producer and/or conducting post-production, animation, or specialized audio-visual services to an eligible foreign project
  • Accredited by the FDCP National Registry

Any genre and theme, provided that it does not contain violence, pornography, insult, national threat, and does not portray the Philippines in a negative light.

REQUIREMENTS (see guidelines for detailed list)

  • Completed FLIP Provisional Application Form
  • Applicant’s bank certificate
  • Evidence proving that the partner foreign company is eligible to conduct business in their country (business or working permit/clearance)
  • Notarized production or post-production services agreement between the applicant and the foreign producer
  • Copy of the script (except for documentary or reality shows) and treatment of the project (8-10 pages). If the material is a rewritten work, a copy of the previous script with source material for adaptation must be attached. All materials submitted must be written or translated in English.
  • Recorded project pitch and dossier (includes logline, cast details, mood board, storyboard, URL to teaser or inspired short film)
  • Vision statements from the producer and filmmaker
  • Original detailed project quotation from the Philippine production company, signed by the foreign production company
  • Worldwide distribution plan (e.g. theatrical release, broadcast, VOD platform)
  • Notarized statutory declaration signed by the applicant

The allowable expenditure incurred in the Philippines for the purpose of producing and mounting the project, pursuant to FPI guidelines. The expenses must include eligible costs of the project (specific to line production, animation, or post-production), incurred from the date of provisional confirmation, up to the receipt of final verification confirmation from the FPO.

Projects will be evaluated and selected 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
  • Degree to which the Filipino producer's participation in the creative production of the work.
  • The global quality of the project
  • The financial viability and potential success of the project
  • The international distribution potential through festivals, theatrical release and other distribution platforms in order to reach international audiences
  • Degree to which the work promotes Philippine culture and locations
  • Degree to which the work contributes to the Philippine film industry
  • Degree to which the Filipino producer's participation in the creative production of the work.
  • The global quality of the project
  • The financial viability and potential success of the project
  • The international distribution potential through festivals, theatrical release and other distribution platforms in order to reach international audiences
  • Successful applicants of FLIP can receive cash incentive of PHP 10 Million
  • The fund will be released in three (3) installments.

Initial release (50%) of the fund to be issued within sixty (60) days prior to the confirmed first day of principal photography, animation, or post-production, and upon submission of requirements (see guidelines for detailed list of requirements)

Second release (30%) will be issued within sixty (60) days upon submission of the second batch of requirements (see guidelines for detailed list)

Final release (20%) will be issued within ninety (90) days upon approval of the final verification documents and submission of final requirements (see guidelines for full list)

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

 

 FLIP 

APPLICATION PROCESS

1
3 months application period January to March (Cycle 1) and July to September (Cycle 2)
• Submission of requirements
 
2
Pre-Selection
(1 month)

• Pre-evaluation
• Receive provisional notification
• QPPE orientation (Start of qualifying production expenses)
 
3
Deliberation & Final Selection
(1 month)

• Project Deliberations
• Receive Notice of Acceptance for Selected projects
 
4
MOA Signing
(3 months)

• MOA Orientation
• MOA Signing
 
 
*Take note that accepted projects must start within 1 year after receiving notice of acceptance.
5
Start/On-going Production in the Philippines
Settle project within 2 years from the date of MOA signing
 
6
Final Verification
(3 Months)

• Submission of requirements
• Receive Final Verification Notice
• Receive PhP 10 million Cash Rebate (90 days timeline)
7
Closed Project
• Issuance of Clearance