To open the Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines 2005 to a more vigorous and wider participation of producers and film companies, the executive committee of the MMFFP will set new deadlines for the submission of letters of intent and full screenplays in a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, June 2, 2005.
The execom last week set a May 30 deadline for the submission of letters of intents by interested producers and film companies to commit their participation in the forthcoming film festival.
In view of the enthusiastic response of various personalities in the film industry, specially producers and the technical craftsmen, the execom will go over the suggested revisions to the first draft of the rules and regulation covering the MMFFP 2005. Resource persons and film industry members had sent in their comments, suggestions and/or recommendations on or before the May 27 deadline.
The major points of the revised draft include:
The participation of 10 entries.
The selection of seven entries on the basis of screenplays with the remaining three entries on the basis of finished prints or films.
No limitation on film entries by a movie company or any individual movie producer.
Limitation of one entry for a film director.
Expercted to be reset to a later date are the deadlines for the submission of letters of intent and application formns which was earlier pegged at May 30, as well as the June 15 deadline for the submission of scripts and the subsequent July 15 date for the annoucenment of the seven qualifying screenplays.
The other deadlines may not be altered at all, according to Mr. Manny Nuqui, a member of the execom and the secretary of the Film Academy of the Philippines , as well as the president of the Philippine Movie Producers Association. These include the following:
November 15, 2005 —Deadline for submission of trailers for the 1 st batch of official entries.
November 21, 2005 —Deadline for submission of the finished films created from the best seven screenplays (1 st batch).
December 1, 2005 —Deadline for submission of finished film entries (2 nd batch).
December 2-5, 2005 —Screening of the second batch of entries.
December 5, 2005 —Announcement of the three winning films from the 2 nd batch of entries.
December 10, 2005 —Deadline for submission of trailers for 2 nd batch of entries.
December 17-20, 2005 —Screening of the 10 official entries by the Board of Jurors.
December 10-23, 2005 —Motorcades and other festival activities (provincial film festival activities to be announced later).
December 24, 2005 —Parade of Stars (big event).
December 25, 2005 to January 6, 2006 —Showing of the 1 st batch of entries.
December 29, 2005 —MMFFP Awards Night.
January 1, 2006 —Showing of the 2 nd batch of entries.
Mr. Nuqui explained that if any of the seven entries which qualified through the basis of their screenplays failed to come up with a finished print, the execom will probably choose a larger number of entries from the submitted finished products, provided that they will replace the defaulting entry with a film of the same genre.
In the execom meeting tomorrow, the composition of the screening committee which will choose the seven qualified screenplays will be one of the main issues to be tackled. As recommended by the consultative assembly of film industry craftsmen and technical people, a 13- or 15-man committee will be formed that will include representatives from the various guilds of the industry, from the academe and media, as well as several MMDA officials.