A Special Committee on Festival Preparations of this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines) has recommended a special film festival of from five to eight indie films as a prelude to the actual filmfest.
After conferring with officials of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative Inc. (IFC), Jesse M. Ejercito, special committee chairman, said the exhibition of the indie films will be held from December 16 to 21 in pinpointed digital theatres with a round-robin style once-a-day 7 or 8 p.m. screenings.
Ejercito said they have selected an initial six theaters where the indie films will be exhibited. These include a digital theater each in Mandaluyong (SM Megamall or Robinson’s Galleria); Pasay (SM Mall of Asia); Cubao (Gateway); Alabang; North EDSA; and Manila (SM or Robinson’s Ermita).
The IFC officials included Paul Morales, president, and Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., Will Fredo and Raymond Lee.
The digital indie films will be vying for an award for Achievement in Technical Excellence with Fuji Films financing the transfer or conversion of the digital film into a 35 mm movie for showing in the regular commercial circuit after January 7, 2011.
But all participating indie films will be given citations during the awards night of the MMFF(P).
The MMFF-P special committee will also help the indie film producers to maximize viewership through pre-selling of tickets and by arranging lower theater rentals—from the usual flat rate of P30,000-P40,000 to P12,000-P20,000.
Final arrangements between the theater owners and the indie filmmakers regarding theater assignments and other related concerns will be finalized in subsequent meetings.
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