THE FILM Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) annual Film Industry Conference (FIC) will be held online this year, from Sept. 11 to 15, and will feature several discussions and masterclasses with film industry experts and stakeholders.

“FIC Online 2020 is a major part of FDCP’s efforts in supporting the continued growth of the FIlipino filmmaking community,” the council said in a statement.

“We are particularly excited about FIC Online 2020 because, despite the challenges we face in light of a global pandemic, we will nonetheless be able to push through and provide a platform for the conference speakers to share their knowledge with Filipino filmmakers and film enthusiasts. The conference, moreover, will hold discussions on topics relevant today, as the Philippine film industry continues to respond, recover, and grow in response to the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mary Liza B. Diño, chairperson and CEO of the FDCP, said in the release.

The fourth iteration of the industry conference will have eight free public sessions and six masterclasses that require a fee to attend. Both the public sessions and masterclasses will be held via Zoom.

The topics of the public sessions include “Getting into Online Film Labs,” “Netflix: Showcasing The Best of Filipino Content,” “Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant & Philippines’ ASEAN Co-Production Fund,” and “European Film Labs: Roundtable Discussion With Rotterdam Lab and Locarno Open Doors.” The topics are “valuable to those wishing to work and learn more about the film industry,” according to the statement.

The masterclasses, meanwhile, aim to provide “more specific and practical knowledge about working in the industry from those who have succeeded in it,” said the release. The topics range from “Editing During Quarantine,” “Filmmakers Guide to Film Distribution,” and “Financing Your Film and Getting a Co-production on Lockdown,” to “Writing During Quarantine,” “Pitching Your Project Virtually,” and “The Success of Marketing Distribution of Genre Films.” Attendance to the classes cost between P800 and P1,000 per class. There is also a P5,000 bundle for premium access to all masterclasses.

The masterclasses are recommended for film industry professionals and enthusiasts wishing to advance in their field and film industry knowledge.

To register for the conference, visit For the full schedule, visit — ZBC