MMFF sets Oct 4 as deadline for submission of entries to New Wave Film Festival

MANILA, (PNA) — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino and concurrent head of the Metro Manila Film Festival on Tuesday announced that the filmmakers have until Oct 4, 2013 to submit their entries to the Cinephone, Student Short Film, Animation, and Full Feature categories of this year’s MMFF.

A prelude to the annual mainstream MMFF, the Cinephone Festival, now on its second year, is a cellphone movie-making contest open to all currently enrolled high school and college students.

Participants should submit a duly accomplished entry form together with the synopsis of the story and proof of enrolment.

Tolentino said the New Wave Film Festival encourages young talented filmmakers to exhibit their craft.

For the first time this year, the MMFF has also opened its doors to animators with the inclusion of the Animation category.

The contest is open to all Filipino professional and/or student / amateur animators.

Entries must have a maximum running time of twelve minutes and have not in any way been commercially shown here or abroad.

“The concept of change must come from the youth. Let us give them opportunity to espouse ingenious ideas and contribute to the development of the film industry,” Tolentino said. (“Ang mga ideya ng pagbabago ay dapat manggaling sa mga kabataan. Ating bigyan ng puwang ang mga bagong malikhaing diwa at mabigyan ng pagkakataon sa industriya. Ang totoong premyo ay ang kanilang ambag sa pagbabago.”)

On the other hand, the Student Short Film category is open to all tertiary students.

The short film must not exceed twenty minutes and has not been entered in other film competitions.

Entries should be submitted in five playable DVDs on AVI format.

Likewise, entries to the Full Feature category should not have been featured in other local and international festivals and must have a total running time of 75 minutes.

Entries to all categories may be submitted personally or through mail to the MMFF Secretariat at the Office of the Chairman, EDSA corner Orense Streets, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.

Selected New Wave films will be shown from December 18 to 24 at Glorietta and SM cinemas.

The MMFF, an annual event espoused by MMDA, is organized primarily to help promote and enhance the preservation, growth and development of the local film industry.