What is the SineSaysay Feature Documentary Showcase?

Now more than ever, we need documentaries that reflect our actual stories and their many facets and perspectives. The tradition of documentaries made by brave filmmakers is a tradition of truth and acceptance of reality. This format is as moving and thoughtful as it is informative and educational and the Filipino audience could certainly benefit from a widening of perspective of this type of filmmaking. Through the Feature Documentary Showcase, FDCP and NHCP hope to bring documentary filmmaking closer to the Filipino people by tapping our top local documentary filmmakers and broadening their application of not just craft, but of the stories that they tell.

The SineSaysay Feature Documentary Grant is a co-production grant for experienced filmmakers who have produced at least two (2) full length films to their credits. There will be an open call for submissions. Interested filmmakers are required to submit a five-minute trailer demo or edited sequence of their proposed project and theme. Four (4) filmmakers will be awarded a 1 Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00) Co-Production Grant to produce their film project. During the production stage of their projects, international speakers will be brought in to conduct master classes for the filmmakers.

The selected filmmakers will be required to share their finished film at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino within the first year of completion of their projects. This will serve as a showcase not only to local but to decision makers from the international community who can help them with the next steps to distribute and release their films. FDCP will also be providing further opportunities to the finished works by featuring them in international film festivals and events for the global audience.

STORIES. We are looking for projects in development that are compelling, authentic, and focusing on often-unvisited events in our history that helped shape our country to what it is today.

Projects must have the unique power to inspire a sense of nationalism in our audiences so they would give value to our history and be motivated to be the change that they want in our country.

TOPICS. Our Philippine History is too diverse to be limited to a particular topic. The projects can be of any historical relevance as long as a historian is consulted to verify the story's facts and authenticity. Here are themes that proponents may want to consider:

  • Islam, the Bangsamoro and the quest for peace in Mindanao
  • Feminist Movements in the Philippines
  • World War II in the Philippines
  • 150th Anniversary of Emilio Aguinaldo

However, we are open to receiving other relevant themes as long as they are written in the context of Philippine History and with significant impact to our country today.

  • Applicants must be Filipino citizens or of Filipino descent.
  • Open to experienced filmmakers with at least two (2) full length documentaries in their filmography.
  • Student films and documentary short films are not eligible for submission.
  • Each applicant must identify a historian as a consultant for their submission.

Applicants may submit up to two (2) projects for consideration.

In order to qualify for the Feature Documentary Showcase, entrants must comply with all of the following requirements. Failure to comply with these rules will render submissions ineligible.

Submitted projects must have an intended final running time of at least seventy (70) minutes and should creatively depict subjects and milestones on our Philippine History.

All submitted entries must be strictly original, and all references to written or published works must be properly cited with permission.

All submissions must include the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Scanned copy of passport / any government-issued ID (1)
  • Footage no shorter than 5 minutes (a pitch trailer, scene assemblage and/or a rough cut) of the project. These can be through embedded links attached to a PDF file uploaded via Vimeo with password.
  • The requested materials to be submitted all together in one PDF:
    • Project synopsis (1 page maximum) & treatment (10 pages maximum)
    • Director's intention note (3 pages maximum)
    • One paragraph bios/description of filmmaker and key crew members
    • Materials informing about the audio-visual approach: stills video, mood board, etc.
    • Budget Top Sheet/ financing plan and other possible funding sources for the completion of the film Outreach Strategy for the film (if applicable)
    • CV of the filmmaker (2 pages maximum)
    • At least two (2) previous audio-visual works, a link of this must be submitted with password via Vimeo.

Projects will be selected from an open call submissions. All completed applications will be considered for selection. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program and based on the following:

  • The strength and originality of the treatment
  • The originality of the story
  • The vision and ability of the director and;
  • The financial feasibility of the project

A preselection will be done by a Selection Committee comprised of notable talents in the field. Shortlisted candidates will have the chance to pitch in front of the Selection Committee. Out of the shortlisted finalists, four (4) filmmakers will each be awarded a 1 Million Peso (P1,000,000.00) Co-production Grant to produce their creative documentary film projects.

In return for the financial contribution of the Showcase, the projects must comply with the following:

  • Recognition of the FDCP and NHCP support by placing the logo of the fund on the credits of the final documentary and all publicity materials. Specific details will be described in a separate agreement.
  • Worldwide non-exclusive, non-commercial rights in all media platforms to the film, However, FDCP/NHCP will take into consideration all prior arrangements made by the applicant with various broadcasters and film festivals.
  • Philippine premiere of the final documentary in an FDCP-led event.
  • The right to screen the final documentary in any FDCP or NHCP-related (non-commercial) screenings.

All applications must be accomplished online through fdcp.ph/sinesaysay.

There is no entry fee for projects submitted to Feature Documentary Showcase.

Submission of entries is open from December 10, 2017 to February 23, 2018, 7:00 PM.