Apr 07
METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL PHILIPPINES 2006 RULES AND REGULATIONS by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Apr 7, 2006


1. The 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival – Philippines is open to all interested parties, whether 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.

The Executive Committee reserves the right to require from the Producers proof of financial capability to come up with necessary number of prints and undertake promotions for the film, if it is deemed necessary.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The length of any film entry should not exceed three hours of exhibition.


1. There will be ten (10) entries this year to start showing simultaneously on December 25, 2006.

2. The ten (10) film entries shall be submitted not later than December 1, 2006, to the MMFFP Secretariat, MMDA Building, EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe, makati City on or before May 15, 2006.


1. 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 May 15, 2006:

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. 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 2006 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.

1.4 The screenplay shall be submitted from May 1 to 15, 2006, 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.


1. The submission of screenplays of intended festival entries shall be from May 1 to May 15, 2006, 5:00 p.m., beyond which no screenplay shall be entertained/accepted.

2. The Over-all Chairman of the 2006 MMFFP shall appoint the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and 10 other members of the Selection Committee and shall immediately schedule the reading and selection of all the submitted 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.

Membership in the Selection Committee shall include a film director and scriptwriter of impeccable credentials and substantial qualification 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 relative to his film entry. 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.

3. The reading and selection of all the screenplays shall immediately start after which the winning ten (10) screenplays shall be announced on May 31, 2006.

4. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members of the Selection Committee, shall secretly grade the screenplays 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 2006 MMFFP or his authorized representative. Only the rating sheets containing the signatures of the persons above-mentioned shall be considered for counting and tabulation.

5. 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, the 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.

6. Should any of the ten (10) scripts selected be disqualified or withdrawn, the replacement shall come from the entry which is next in line. The Selection Committee will make the final recommendation for approval of the Executive Committee as to which movie(s) will be included in the official entries.

7. No more than two [2] 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 context of the film, the Selection 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 Selection 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,
FICTION, FANTASY, MUSICAL or a combination of two or more
thereof. In case more than two [2] official entries of the same genre make it to the ten [10] official entries, the entry with the lower rating will be dropped.

7. No two [2] 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 {2}; 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 the finished product to determine if the finished film is in conformity with the script, otherwise the Committee may decide to disqualify the entry.


1. 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.

2. Commercial Viability……………………………………………………….40%

To ensure the success of the festival, the screenplay of the film entries and
their proposed casts must have commercial and universal appeal

3. 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.

(To be continued)