P100,000 production grant awaits Sine Kabataan finalists

Photograph courtesy of fdcp Sine Kabataan aims to elevate young Filipino filmmakers’ creativity and storytelling skills.

After five successful editions, Sine Kabataan is back for its sixth year. The Film Development Council of the Philippines is holding an open call for short film entries for the Sine Kabataan Short Film Lab and Festival 2023. Submission of entries is ongoing until 10 February.

The Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition aims not only to provide a platform for young Filipino filmmakers but also to elevate their creativity and storytelling skills. The competition is open to filmmakers ages 18 to 30 years old who have produced at least one short film.

Twenty story concepts, which can be live action, documentary, animation, or experimental will be shortlisted from the pool of submissions. Those who make the cut will undergo exclusive film labs covering topics from development to post-production.

With the easing of Covid-19-related restrictions, the FDCP will be shifting its film labs to a hybrid on-site and digital platform to equip the filmmakers with technical knowledge and practical skills in production.

From the 20 shortlisted projects, 10 will be chosen as finalists by a selection committee after a pitch showcase, and each of them will receive a production grant of P100,000 to produce their story concepts.

The FDCP expands the running time requirement this year from five minutes to seven up to 20 minutes, to grant the competing filmmakers an opportunity to better express themselves and to let them explore treatments that will further maximize the potential of their story concepts.

For more updates on the short film competition, follow Sine Kabataan on Facebook.

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