The Festival Development Assistance Program (FDAP) is a support program of the FDCP that aims to nurture and sustain film communities in the Philippines. FDCP believes that film festivals, especially those in the regions, are platforms to discover emerging voices and serve as venues to champion the film culture of a particular locality. Through this program, FDCP connects with regional film communities by providing financial and program support to sustain their respective film festivals and film-related community activities.


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A support program open to all eligible local film festivals recognized by their respective Local Government Units who have been in existence for at least three (3) years and have created a culture of support from their respective local communities.


A support program designed to equip film festival directors with the tools needed to sustain their respective film festivals. The FDAP secretariat organizes training and seminars all throughout the year to help our festival directors learn more about festival management, audience development, programming, and curation and other important concepts on running and maintaining a sustainable film festival.

  1. Financial Assistance. Qualified film festivals applying for the program may receive up to PHP 150,000.00 in financial assistance to help cover the expenses incurred by the festival.

  2. **FDCP Ratings and Permits. FDCP may provide ratings and permits to all official film titles of the festival that will be screened publicly in commercial theaters or public spaces.

  3. **Optical Media Board (OMB) Clearance. FDCP can facilitate the import/export clearance of local/ international film titles needed for the conduct of the festival.

  4. Use of Cine Lokal Theatres. FDCP may provide any of its Cine Lokal Theatres for festivals that may need venues for screenings, workshops, or other qualified purposes.

  5. FDCP Film Talks. FDCP encourages festivals to have an educational component such as film workshops, film talks, and fora attached to their event. Thus, FDAP offers this audience-development activity through our FDCP Film Talks program.

**Pursuant to the agreed-upon guidelines of FDCP and the government agency involved**

All applicants must satisfy all of the following:

  • The Film Festival must be registered under FDCP National Registry for Film Festivals.

  • The Film Festival must be recognized or endorsed by their Local Government Unit (LGU).

  • The Film Festival must be held in their own locality.

  • The Film Festival must have a minimum audience count of at least 1,000 admissions if it has been existing for at least two (2) years.

  • Copy of FDCP National Registry Certificate of Registration (for Film Festivals)

  • Letter or certificate of recognition or endorsement from the LGU

  • Accomplished FDAP Form 1 (Application Form)

  • Formal letter of request addressed to the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of FDCP

  • Festival Profile and Work Plan

  • Clearance form from previous FDCP partnership/s (if applicable)

FDCP will accept applications filed in at the latest three (3) months before the first day of the festival. Any application filed beyond the given timeframe will not be accepted.


  • Submission of Requirements. The Festival Director or officer-in-charge should submit the corresponding requirements to FDCP within the given timeframe.

  • Technical Committee Evaluation. The FDCP Technical Committee will evaluate the request. During the evaluation process, the committee may require further details if deemed necessary. The committee will decide on what forms of support the FDCP may extend to proponents. Otherwise, the request will be disapproved.

  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Upon approval of the application, the proponent must commit to comply with all post-program requirements to receive financial assistance. The proponent must also further commit to rendering a return service as part of his compliance with the program.

***The process may take 7-14 working days from the time of submission of COMPLETE requirements. ***


FDAP applications may be accepted based on the following application cycles. Applicants must ensure to lodge their documents before the close date of the cycle that is prior to their respective Film Festivals.



For inquiries and further clarifications, FDCP may be contacted through:

Distributions Division
[email protected] 

Film Development Council of the Philippines 
855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila City 
(02) 8 256-9908 loc 131