It’s More Fun Filming in the Philippines
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), through its FilmPhilippines Office, shall host this panel discussion on the realities of working in and opportunities available for international partnerships with the Philippines. American and Filipino producers and filmmakers will share their insights and experiences working in the country on international productions. FDCP’s Chairperson, Liza Diño shall be on hand to discuss the newly launched incentives program to help boost production budgets in the country.
Liza Diño, Chairperson and CEO, Film Development Council of the Philippines
Jun Juban, Executive Producer, Philippine Film Studios, Inc.
Pedring Lopez, Director, CounterPlay
Scott Rosenfelt, Writer and Producer, CounterPlay
Francis Dela Torre, Producer, Electric Entertainment
presented by Film Development Council of the Philippines
Francis Dela TorreProducer, Electric Entertainment
Based in Los Angeles, Filipino/American Francis dela Torre is anaward winning music video Director/DP.
In 2019-2020, dela Torre served as producing/director on
Electric Entertainment’s television series, Almost Paradise—
Executive produced by Dean Devlin, writer/producer of
Independence Day, Stargate, and The Patriot. Almost Paradise currently streams on Amazon’s imdbTV.
In 2020-2021 dela Torre served as Director for Electric
Entertainment’s Television series, Leverage Redemption,
Executive Produced by Dean Devlin for imdbTV, and starring
E.R.’s Noah Wyle.
Dela Torre graduated from the prestigious film production
program at the University of Southern California’s School of
Cinema/Television in Los Angeles. He has several projects in
development with Electric Entertainment.
Jun JubanExecutive Producer, Philippine Film Studios Inc.
A veteran film and television producer who has made significant contributions to the development of the Philippines as a filming location for foreign producers, thereby placing the Philippines in the map for international filmmaking.
Liza DiñoChairperson & CEO, Film Development Council of the Philippines
LIZA DIÑO is the Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Agency in charge of developing programs to develop the local film industry and promote it for global collaboration and growth. She is also an award-winning film, TV and stage actress who has appeared in numerous independent and commercial films.
As Chairperson and CEO, she is hard at work in promoting
the country’s film export services, creating more opportunities for Philippine cinema to be exposed to the world, and developing policies for the growth of the film and audiovisual industry.
She is a member of the Board of Director of the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNET) and an active collaborator in the ASEAN-ROK Film Organisation and the BPX (Best Practice Exchange), an initiative that brings together heads of film agencies from around the world to brainstorm on best practice in public funding for filmmaking.
Pedring LopezDirector, CounterPlay
Peter “Pedring” Lopez was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. His parents ran a photo studio and his father worked as a professional and aerial photographer during the 1980s. Much of his early interest in visual arts were attributed to his early experience in helping with their family business. In high school, Pedring would spend his weekend filming weddings, birthdays and even funerals using JVC camcorders and would spend his weeknights editing projects to be delivered to customers. Peter “Pedring” Lopez never had any formal film school training and dropped out of college after he realized that he wanted to be a full-time filmmaker.
He saw an ad for a news editor for IBC-13, a government ran TV network and got the job. He went on to pursue a career in broadcasting in local Philippine TV networks and later in the advertising industry as video editor. He continuously taught himself visual effects and motion design until finally being getting another job as a full-time VFX supervisor for GMA-7 Manila.
A few years later, Pedring started directing music videos and TV ads – gaining him project after project as producers discovered his rare technical and creative vision and expertise in post-production and visual effects. He received several awards for music videos and TV Ads. His influences were products of his love for genre films particularly Asian horror and Hong Kong action cinema.
His first feature film, BINHI (The Seed), was a micro-budget indie paranormal/horror film which was distributed by Viva Films, the leading film rights, and distributors of Filipino movies. The film had mix reactions and praises for its technical aesthetics, cinematography as well as editing.
In 2015, Pedring directed Nilalang or Sonzai-sha (The Entity). The film won 5 awards in the 41st Metro Manila Film festival for Best Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Musical Score & Sound Engineering. The film also won Best Director in New York & Spain film festivals.
In 2019, Pedring directed “Maria”, which became one of the first Filipino movies picked up by Netflix for worldwide distribution. American producers have started showing interest in his work which landed him his first American film with Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) taking the lead role but due to the Covid-19 pandemic production was put on hold.
He is also set to direct “GI” which will feature Indonesian actors, Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian, who were both in The Raid and John Wick 3 films with Blu Fox Entertainment in charge of production & distribution. Pedring is also the founder of BlackOps Studios Asia, a production company based out of Manila with offices in Hong Kong and Vietnam that concentrates on Asian genre features. He is also the director of content for agency Psyops8 which he is a founding partner.
Scott RosenfeltWriter and Producer, CounterPlay
Scott Rosenfelt is one of Hollywood’s most successful independent producers. On the strength of such films as Home Alone, Critical Thinking, Smoke Signals, Mystic Pizza, and Teen Wolf, Scott has garnered international acclaim and recognition.
Rosenfelt’s most recent film, Critical Thinking, chronicles the story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team that won the national chess championship in 1998 with a group of Latino and Black inner-city kids. It was an early selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival for its world premiere. John Leguizamo directed and also starred along with Michael K. Williams and Jorge Lendeborg. Critical Thinking was released on September 4, 2020, by Vertical for domestic and CMG for foreign.
Rosenfelt’s script, CounterPlay, which he is also producing, will go into production during the First Quarter of 2022 in the Philippines, with Pedring Lopez (Maria) directing. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Luke Hemsworth.
Rosenfelt wrote the script for and will be producing Fever, a feature film based on the Bre-X gold stock scandal. The film is slated for a Second Quarter, 2022 start.
Rosenfelt has written and will be producing Nanda Devi, based on one of the CIA’s most secretive missions, set in the Himalayas in 1965 when the Chinese were testing their first nuclear bombs. The film will be directed by Tarsem Singh, and is projected for a Third Quarter, 2022 start.
Rosenfelt has written and will produce The Five, which is the story of the famed “500 Club” in Atlantic City, and its colorful owner, Paul “Skinny” D’Amato. D’Amato was the inspiration for the Rat Pack, and was credited for putting Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on stage together for the first time. His club was front and center for the most colorful time in Atlantic City history, as D’Amato was also witness to many events in our country’s history.
Rosenfelt was Producer and Writer on The Jade Pendant, and was the winner of the Golden Angel Award for the Best Film by an Independent Producer in the 2017 Chinese-American Film Festival in Los Angeles. The tragic love story is set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles Chinatown War of 1871, and stars Korean actress Clara Lee and Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao. It was directed by Po Chih Leong.
His documentary, 7 Days In Syria, distributed theatrically in August, 2016, showcased the extraordinary work of Janine di Giovanni, the award-winning journalist specializing in reporting from conflict zones who had been covering the war in Syria as the Middle East Editor for Newsweek. Rosenfelt wrote and produced it with Robert Rippberger directing.
As writer, director and producer, his first documentary, Standing Silent, a recipient of a Sundance Documentary Filmmaker Grant, had its theatrical release on January 25, 2013 It had its World Premiere at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and has played the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival along with the Doc NY Film Festival as well as having won the Best Documentary at the World Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.
Rosenfelt directed the feature film, Family Prayers, starring Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer and Paul Reiser, which had its World Premiere at the 1993 Palm Springs International Film Festival and the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival.
Home Alone, in which Rosenfelt served as Executive Producer, remains the highest grossing live action comedy of all time, generating over $1 billion worldwide. Mystic Pizza, which he also produced, launched the career of Julia Roberts and went on to critical and commercial success, while Teen Wolf, which Rosenfelt also produced, starred Michael J. Fox, is one of the highest grossing independent films of all time. Extremities, which Rosenfelt produced, starred Farrah Fawcett, and garnered international, critical and commercial acclaim as well.
At ShadowCatcher Entertainment, a company he co-founded in 1994, he produced the award-winning Smoke Signals. Written by highly acclaimed novelist/poet Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals was the winner of the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Miramax Films. It was nominated for multiple Spirit Award Nominations and won for Best Debut Performance for Evan Adams.
From 2012-2015, Rosenfelt served as Professional-in-Residence at Quinnipiac University. He has been a guest lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy as well as at Harvard’s Department of Government, and the American University in Paris. He has spoken numerous times at the Tisch School at NYU, USC, UCLA, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount as well as the AFI. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Lighthouse International Film Festival.
Rosenfelt is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Wendy MitchellJournalist, Moderator, Film Festival Consultant
Wendy Mitchell is a journalist, moderator and film festival consultant. She is a contributing editor at Screen International, the UK and Nordic delegate for San Sebastian and a consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Zurich Film Festival. She has also been a speaker, mentor or consultant for Berlinale EFM, Cannes Marche, EAVE, First Cut Lab, The National Film and TV School and more. She has also written for Variety, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The
Guardian and other publications.