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The Waverly Production Equipment Grant supports independent cinema in Cebu.

Started in 2019 under Waverly Pictures, we look for filmmakers that are doing creative and relevant work in an island that has stories to tell and the talented filmmakers to tell it, but lacks adequate filmmaking infrastructure.

Once a year, we select 3 SHORT FILM PROJECTS and supply the filmmakers with filmmaking production equipment.

Cycle 1 (2019)

Waverly Production Equipment Grant Recipients

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Sa Adlaw Na Nabiyaan Mi Sa School Bus

Dir: Ashley Manugas

Project Status: Principal Photography in November 2019

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Le Vent

DIR: Gabriel Foulc

Project Status: For Scheduling



Don-Josephus R. Eblahan


Project Status: For Scheduling


Once per year. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 cycle.

Submissions for the 2019 cycle are now closed. 2020 Cycle will be open sometime in the second quarter of 2020.


Applications Open: July 1, 2019

Deadline: July 30, 2019 (extended to August 10, 2019)

Results Announcement: late-August 2019

**Submissions for the 2019 cycle are now closed.**


The Waverly Production Equipment Grant is an equipment package valued at PHP 50,000, 
offered in partnership with Waverly Cinetech. It is a non-cash grant.

Selected projects will be supplied with a Camera and Lighting Package for a maximum of 3 days.

The specific equipment will be decided depending on the project’s requirements. As long as the equipment requested is part of our inventory and not rented out during the project’s production dates, access to it is available to the filmmakers.

The selected equipment will only be released upon commencement of principal photography. However, the filmmakers are free to test out and practice with the equipment during business hours at the Waverly Cinetech facility in Liloan, Cebu.


  1. Submit an unedited and uncut 2-minute video of yourself talking directly to camera. In the video please introduce yourself, tell us about your story, and explain why it's important for you that you tell it in the medium of motion pictures. And then tell us anything else you want to about your team and your plan. Email the downloadable link to productiongrant@waverlypictures.com (email subject: [project title] - [your name])

  2. If we get a compelling impression from the video, only then will we request for reading, viewing and other reference materials. Prior work helps too, but no reels!

  3. Finally, if we're further convinced, we'll request for a short meeting then decide on the spot if you get the grant or not. Once we select 3 filmmakers, the cycle closes.

    That's it.


Can you tell me more about the 2-minute video?

  • The video should be in English or Bisaya.

  • The video should contain nothing except the filmmaker talking. No screenshots or postproduction wizardry please; we don’t want this to turn into a video making contest. If you’re going to spend time making something cool, put it into your actual film.

  • Please do not recite a script written beforehand. Just talk spontaneously as you would to a friend. People delivering memorized speeches (or worse still, text read off the screen) usually come off as dull. Unless you’re a good enough actor to fake spontaneity, you lose more in the stilted delivery than you gain from a more polished message.

  • Please do not add any background music to your video.

  • Before submitting the video, you should try playing it yourself, and check that you can hear what you’re saying. If you’re going to apply at all, you may as well apply with a video we can hear.


  • No. Each filmmaker may only submit one project per cycle.


  • Applications are open for fiction and documentary films of any genre under 60 minutes in length.

  • We do not accept applications for feature films at this time.

  • We determine a decision primarily on the basis of artistic merits. We prioritize cultural-minded films.

  • To qualify for funding, the film must have its principal photography entirely in Cebu.

Why is the grant only available to projects with all of its principal photography in Cebu?

  • We have limited time to lend out equipment to each grantee (maximum of 3 days). We don’t want it wasted on transporting equipment outside of Cebu.

What do I need to do if I get selected?

  • We’ll keep simple so you can spend more time on your film. Essentially, you continue to develop or work on your prep, then send us an equipment wish list and production schedule. What matters most to us at this point is the principal photography schedule. It has to be within the year that your project is selected, Otherwise the grant is forfeited.


  • Waverly Pictures does not currently ask for any rights to the completed film.  As with all funding bodies, we ask to be credited in the film and on all marketing materials when the film is distributed.  The details of the credit layout will be specified in the agreement.

Will the grant be available to feature-length film projects?

  • Yes, eventually. The grant program covers only short films initially. Once we get a better understanding about how this works, we'll make it available to feature-length film projects. As to when, we can't say. When we do, we'll update the information on this website..

Why are you doing this?

  • Since Waverly Pictures has an equipment rental business under the Waverly Cinetech branding, we thought it’d be great to make it available to emerging filmmakers, primarily as support for the local filmmaking community and also as a form of marketing. We think it’s a win-win!


  • If you have any further questions, please email us at productiongrant@waverlypictures.com


  • The grant is available to short film projects only.

  • Three projects will be selected for every cycle.

  • Each producer, director or production company may only apply with one project per cycle. If you submit more than one, we'll only look at the first we’ll encounter.

  • The grant is only available to projects with all principal photography in Cebu.

  • Any project that has not been selected may not reapply 
in a future cycle.

  • If a grant recipient is unable to begin principal photography within the year it is selected, the agreement will be terminated.

  • To apply, applicants must have a completed script but not yet have started principal photography.

  • The projects will be judged on artistic merit, its team, and the likelihood of successful completion of the film.

  • Waverly Cinetech coordinates the production schedule with the recipient.

  • Crew and crew fees are not part of the grant. The recipient filmmakers must form and hire their needed crew.

  • Priority will be given to a new filmmaker with every cycle.

  • The terms and conditions above may be changed or adjusted upon 
Waverly Pictures’ discretion. If there is any questions or unclear definitions, the decision of Waverly Pictures will be absolutely final.

Legal Disclaimer

We may revise the grant regulations under this website from time to time by updating them. At the moment that the user enters this website, the grant regulations appear under this website do not necessarily represent the most up-to-date and current policies. You may not rely on the grant regulations under this website as a basis for any claim against Waverly Pictures, Waverly Cinetech, its directors, officers, employees or representative. We will use all reasonable efforts to include the most up-to-date grant regulations on this website, but make no representation or guarantee as to such accuracy.

By applying for the grant, applicants accept that their submitted materials will be viewed by 
a review team appointed by Waverly Pictures as part of the deliberation process.

All grant decisions are at the final discretion of Waverly Pictures.