I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
The 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival – Philippines is open to all Filipino citizens, sole proprietorships, partnerships, joint ventures or corporations or any other organization or association preferably registered with the appropriate government regulatory agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry [DTI], Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], Bureau of Investments, etc., with Filipino ownership of at least 60% of the equity of the company or producing individual.
Entry screenplay may be in Filipino or English, but films made therefrom must be in Filipino language. Nevertheless, foreign language may be used in some dialogues not exceeding 50% of the entire dialogue for purposes of enhancing the movie in accordance with the script’s or film’s story line.
Entry films must have Filipino performers as lead stars, cast, crew and staff. However, should the employment of foreign actors/actresses and staff and/or crew be necessary, the number of such foreign actors/actresses and crew and/or staff to be employed in a film should not be more than 50% of the major cast and 20% of the staff and/or crew of the film, respectively. Provided that, such foreign performers shall not be eligible for festival awards.
Entry films should not have been commercially exhibited during regular or sneak preview showings in movie theaters, including non-revenue premier nights, television, cables or any medium/venue whether in the Philippines or abroad. However in case of non-revenue premier nights, producers are required to inform MMFFP in writing or seek written permission regarding plans to hold non-revenue movie premier nights for the press and guests of producers.
The length of any film entry should not exceed three hours of exhibition.
II. NUMBER OF FILM ENTRIES AND METHODS OF SELECTING THEM
There will be ten (10) entries this year segregated into two (2) batches, namely; 1st batch consisting of seven (7) films to start showing on December 25, 2005 and the 2 nd batch consisting of three (3) entries to start showing on January 1, 2006.
Methods of Selecting the above-mentioned films are as follows:
2.1 The seven (7) entries in the 1 st batch will be selected on the basis of screenplays to be submitted not later than December 1, 2005 and the 2 nd batch shall be selected on the basis of finished/complete films to be submitted not later than December 5, 2005 . Both screenplays and finished/complete films should be submitted to the MMFFP Secretariat, MMDA Building, EDSA corner Orense St., Guadalupe, Makati City.
2.2 The entries pertaining to the 2 nd batch of three (3) films shall be submitted in the form of final/complete prints. Interlock screening of the entries will not be allowed.
III. REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSION OF SCREENPLAYS AND FINISHED FILMS
Producers must file the following requirements with the Head of the MMFFP 2005 Secretariat at MMDA Building, EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe, Makati City on or before June 30, 2005:
1.1 Notarized Form of Application to participate and fifteen (15) copies of the screenplay;
1.2 Proof of payment of a non-refundable application/entry fee of TEN THOUSAND PESOS [P10,000.00] for every film entry whether screenplay or finished film submitted. Such fee may be paid to the Secretariat in cash or in manager’s/cashier’s check payable to MMFFP.
1.3 Notarized affidavit of the producer signifying his/her conformity with the rules and regulations governing the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines with an undertaking that he/she shall produce the movie based on the submitted screenplay, filmography and notarized form of application to participate once selected by the Selection Committee. For the first seven (7) selected screenplays, principal photography to start 30 days after being selected, otherwise the next qualified will replace the disqualified entry.
1.4 The screenplay shall be submitted on or before the date specified by the Executive Committee.
1.5 List of proposed or intended lead actors/actresses and director/s who shall participate in the filming of the movie shall be submitted. Changes in the proposed cast/director/s may be allowed within fifteen (15) days from date of selection, on condition that replacements are of equal or more bankable value. Such changes must be subject to approval of the Selection Committee.
* Written Confirmation of the stars and directors as proof that they are participating in the film should be submitted to the Committee.
There will be no limitations of film entries by a movie company or any individual movie producer and/or director. Applicants shall submit an affidavit that the screenplay has never been submitted to any other film festival.
V. PROCESS OF SELECTING THE MOVIE SCREENPLAYS
The submission of screenplays of intended festival entries shall be within June 30, 2005, 5:00 p.m., beyond which no screenplay shall be entertained/accepted.
The Over-all Chairman of the 2005 MMFFP shall appoint the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and 13 other members of the Selection Committee and shall immediately schedule the reading and selection of seven (7) of all the submitted screenplays that have complied with all the requirements. The Chairman and all the members of the said Committee are required to read all the qualified screenplays.
The reading and selection of all the screenplays shall immediately start after which the winning seven (7) screenplays shall be announced on July 15, 2005.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members of the Selection Committee, shall secretly grade the screenplay read and evaluated in accordance with the criteria herein below provided for. Each rating sheet is authenticated at the back with the signatures of the tabulators of the designated accounting firm and the Executive Director of the 2005 MMFFP or his authorized representative. Only the rating sheets containing the signatures of the persons above-mentioned shall be considered for counting and tabulation.
After accomplishing the rating sheets, the members of the Selection Committee, shall then seal them in envelopes and thereafter submit the same to the authorized representatives of the tabulating accounting firm hired by the Execom, who shall thereafter tabulate the scores given using the averaging system. The opening of the sealed envelopes containing the rating sheets shall be made in the presence of a duly designated member of the Executive Committee, Executive Director or his duly authorized representative, the Chairman and members of the Selection Committee. The producers are allowed to witness the said opening of the sealed rating sheets.
The Selection Committee may recommend amendments to existing rules and regulations subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
VI. PROCESS OF SELECTING THE 2 ND BATCH FROM SUBMITTED FINISHED FILM ENTRIES
The submission of certicates of completion of finished 35mm prints for the 2 nd batch shall be on or before December 5, 2005 , 5:00 p.m., beyond which no entries shall be entertained/accepted.
The screening and selection of the 2 nd batch of film entries to be shown on January 1, 2006 shall immediately start from December 2-5, 2005.
Membership in the Screening Committee shall include a film director and scriptwriter of impeccable credentials and substantial qualifications who need not be those who seat as members of the Selection Committee to help ensure that the criteria for the selection of the final ten (10) film entries are properly observed. Provided that, the film director and scriptwriter so appointed are not in any way associated with any of the selected ten (10) film entries. In case of conflict of interest, the appointment of the film director or scriptwriter shall be recalled and subsequently replaced by another director or scriptwriter of equal or better credentials free from conflict of interest.
Selection of the three (3) official entries for the 2nd batch coming from the submitted finished films by the Screening Committee shall be done from December 5-10, 2005. After viewing each of the film entries, the screener must give a score not lower than 75% or higher than 100% on each criterion as prescribed under the rules.
Should any of the seven (7) scripts selected be disqualified or withdrawn, the replacement shall come from the chosen finished films. The Selection/Screening Committee will make the final recommendation for approval of the Executive Committee as to which movies will be included in the first batch.
Should the screener fail to give the allowable score, the representatives from the official tabulating accounting firm shall adjust the same to the minimum score of 75%. On the other hand, if the screener gives a score beyond the maximum of 100%, the representatives from official tabulating firm shall have similar authority to adjust the score to the maximum of 100%.
If the screener fails or refuses to give any score as required under the rules, the tabulators are likewise given the authority to assign the minimum score of 75% in the rating sheet. In every case, the rating sheet adjusted by the tabulators shall be signed by them and countersigned by the Chairman of the Screening Committee.
The foregoing system of rating/scoring shall likewise apply to the Selection Committee and Board of Jurors.
If necessitated by circumstances for the efficient performance of their functions, deliberations by the Chairman and members of the Screening Committee may be allowed.
After the rating sheets have been duly accomplished by the screeners, the same shall be placed in envelopes to be submitted to the tabulators. The envelopes containing the rating sheets must be duly signed by the screeners, the tabulators, the Chairman of the Screening Committee and the Executive Director or his duly authorized representative.
Before sealing the envelopes, the tabulators must inspect the rating sheets to determine if the same were properly accomplished.
The opening and tabulation by the tabulators of the sealed rating sheets of the Selection Committee for the selection of the ten (10) best screenplays scheduled on the date specified in the rules shall be done in the presence of the officers and members of the Execom, the Screening and Selection Committee Chairmen and their respective members, producers, scriptwriters and members of media.
No more than two  entries of the same film genre shall be allowed. The determination of the genre shall be based on the filmography submitted by the producer. However, should the genre indicated therein is not justified by the story and content of the film, the Screening Committee shall make the necessary revision in the filmography of the entry film so that the same shall indicate the proper genre to which the film belongs. The decision of the Screening Committee as to the film genre of the official film entry shall be final and no appeal therefrom shall be entertained.
The entry films may fall under any of the following genres: ACTION, DRAMA, COMEDY, HORROR, ADVENTURE, SUSPENSE, SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, MUSICAL or a combination of two  or more thereof. In case more than two  official entries of the same genre make it to the ten  official entries, the entry with the lower rating will be dropped from the list of official entries and replaced by the next qualified entry of different genre in the order of ranking based on the tabulation subject to the conditions hereafter stated.
No two  entries starring the same leading man or leading lady shall be allowed. Should such situation occur, the entry with the lower rating will be excluded from the official list of entries and replaced by the next qualified entry in the order of ranking based on tabulation; provided that: [a] the replacement entry will not increase the number of entries in the same genre of film to more than two ; and
[b] the leading man or leading lady starring in the replacement entry is not also appearing in a starring role in another official entry. Thus a leading man or leading lady may appear in another entry if his or her role in such entry is only supporting, minor or cameo or guest role in nature.
Relative to the foregoing purposes, the screener may determine the nature of the role of the actor and actress in the entry whether as leading or second lead, minor or cameo or guest role in accordance with their evaluation which may be different from what is indicated in the filmography.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members of the Screening Committee, shall preview and secretly grade the finished film entries in accordance with the criteria herein below provided for. Each rating sheet is authenticated at the back with the signatures of the tabulators of the designated accounting firm and the Executive Director of the 2005 MMFFP or his authorized representative. Only the rating sheets containing the signatures of the persons above-mentioned shall be considered for counting and tabulation.
After accomplishing the rating sheets, the members of the Selection Committee, shall then seal them in envelopes and thereafter submit the same to the authorized representatives of the tabulating accounting firm hired by the Execom, who shall thereafter tabulate the score given using the averaging system. The opening of the sealed envelopes containing the rating sheets shall be made in the presence of a duly designated member of the Executive Committee, Executive Director or his duly authorized representative, the Chairman and members of the Screening Committee. The producers are allowed to witness the said opening of the sealed rating sheets.
VII. CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF THE TEN (10) SCREENPLAYS/FINISHED FILMS
Story, Creativity, Writing Excellence, Innovativeness, and Thematic Value..………………………………………………………….40%
The screenplay must be written for a full-length movie which has not been shown in theaters, television or cable station or any exhibition venues. The screenplay’s viability should lean on the harmony of the scenes, the tightness of the pacing and the story itself. In the event that the screenplay is an adaptation of a literary work, the writer thereof must either secure the written permission of the author of the said literary work or submit a certification to the effect that such literary work has already become part of the public domain. Should the screenplay be a product of original work, the writer shall submit an Affidavit to such effect.
Positive Filipino Cultural and/or Historical Value ……………20%
The writer of the screenplay is free to choose his own theme or subject matter so long as it relates to or instills in the moviegoers positive Filipino cultural value and portrays positive realities without unreasonably exploiting misery, negative human condition from which no redemption can be clearly shown. As much as possible, the script must generate a clear understanding and appreciation of the Filipino identity, history and culture. Themes of “urbanidad” — propriety or orderliness of manners and behavior are encouraged.