The deadline for the submission of the screenplays of possible entries in the 2010 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival has been extended from May 31 to June 15 upon the request of producers.
Reading of the scripts by a screening committee will be held from June 15 to 24 with the eight official entries announced on June 25.
The new rules and regulations issued out by the executive committee of the MMFF-P now limits each director to just one selected entry each though he can submit two or more scripts for consideration.
The 2010 Filmfest will still be open for eight official entries. Last year, there were just seven entries because two selected films withdrew, forcing the Execom to allow the showing of I Love You…Goodbye which was number 9 in the ranking of scripts.
The rationale behind the one director-one film rule is to avoid delays caused by the fact that a single director is hard-pressed finishing two or more films before the deadline for submission of prints.
The forthcoming filmfest will be the first to be launched by new MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes who this early has called for a revision of the criteria in the selection of the best film that will be based on artistic considerations rather than the box office performance.
The revised calendar also included the following:
July 15 Submission of detailed final filmography charts of the eight entries
Nov. 16 Submission of minimum 80 trailers, five posters and three copies of the DVD of the posters per official entry
Dec. 10 Submission of graded (timed) prints in 35 mm format
Dec. 13 Submission of joint certifications with laboratories concerned that prints needed to service the theatres shall be made available on time
Dec. 14-17 Screening of the official entries by the Board of Jurors and representatives from the selection committee
Dec. 24 Parade of Stars
Dec.28 2010 MMFF awards night
Feb. 25, 2011 Joint appreciation dinner for MMFF 2010 and launching oF MMFF 2011. Submission of three DVD copies of final print.
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