MANILA – “Whether the Weather is Fine,” the first feature film project of Filipino director Carlo Francisco Manatad, has been granted financing aide abroad.
According to the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the film received 130,000 euros from Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (France’s World Cinema Support) and Institut Français.
With this help, producer Armi Rae Cacanindin said 50% of the grant money should be spent in France.
“This is a great chance to collaborate with French talents, which we already started with Carlo and Jeremie (Dubois) working together for the script. Because why do we co-produce? It is not just about getting additional funding for our projects, but also about collaborating and learning from each other’s practices, background, and more,” she explained.
FDCP said Aide aux Cinémas du Monde is “a selective fund granted to foreign filmmakers with feature-length projects who seek support from French co-producers.”
“Almost 100 films supported by France’s World Cinema Support were selected during Cannes International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world,” it added.
The movie, which also acquired funds from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund for script development in 2014 and Talents Tokyo Next Masters Support Fund in 2017, is about the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in Tacloban City.
It is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines to date.
Following the French grant, Manatad and his team plan to shoot in October this year.