WHAT IS FLEX ?

The Film Location Engagement Desk (FLEX) serves local and foreign productions with inter-agency assistance for government permits, locations, and production logistics in the Philippines, and also engagement with Philippine production companies, technical suppliers and crew. FLEX is the single-window clearance office that provides a general endorsement to productions to assist in their transactions with government offices accross the country.

Local or international productions conducted in the Philippines, for film and audio-visual content only (live events and news coverage are not included).

A foreign production company or Filipino production company registered with the FDCP National Registry, doing production work in the Philippines.

Any genre. Themes that are not pornographic or portraying the Philippines in a negative light.

At least two (2) months before any Filipino production activity, the applicant company should fill out and submit the FLEX Application Form and all supporting documents. While two (2) months is the standard amount of time it can take for the FPO to complete a FLEX assistance, there are some cases wherein partner government agencies/units might require a longer processing time (e.g. use of special government production assets). We recommend submitting your application as early as possible.

FLEX can assist with:

  1. Finding your partner: Connecting with local film companies: production (line production, co-production), post-production, animation studio, distributors
  2. Location scouting: Connecting with local location managers or local government units to facilitate location scouting
  3. Sourcing of skilled cast & crew: Assistance in sourcing Casting Directors and Filipino seasoned actors and performers as well as film crew through the FDCP National Registry
  4. Sourcing of equipment technical facilities: Assistance with securing better rates for accommodations, transportation, suppliers, production equipment and technical facilities
  5. Securing Visas and Special working permits: Coordinating with the Philippine foreign affairs and immigration offices to obtain visas and special working permits for foreign crew
  6. Obtaining location permits: Issuance of various government permits expedited by way of our agency’s endorsement.
  7. Production logistics: Coordinating with local government units regarding production logistics (traffic re-routing, security detail, and other on-ground logistic aspects)
  8. Special government production assets: Coordinating with government agencies regarding special production requirements (i.e. military vehicles, armory and weapons)
  9. Conditionally free importation and exportation: Importing and/or exporting equipment necessary for the production of your project.
  10. Implementing Health and Safety Protocol: Assisting and orienting in the implementation of Safety and Health protocols with FDCP Safe Filming registration

The FPO will only endorse, coordinate, and put the project in contact with the government agencies and institutions involved in the services the production requires. The availability and effectiveness of the assistance offered by FLEX are all subject to the decisions, regulations, and recommendations of the concerned government agencies / units / institutions.

All year long, with up to 60 working days depending on the services needed.

 

 FLEX 

APPLICATION PROCESS

1
Submit the FLEX form and documents
 
 
10 Days Max
2
Receive Confirmation
 
 
6 Days Max
3
Coordinate with the FilmPhilippines Office
 
 
40 Days Max
4
Shoot your film