May 09
2007 MMFF-P SCRIPT DEADLINE NEXT WEEK by Alex J. Socorro  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, May 9, 2007

This is a reminder to producers who are planning to join this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival.

The deadline for the submission of screenplays vying to be included in the first batch of six films which will start showing on December 25 is May 18 or Friday next week.

Entries for the second batch of three films will start showing on January 1, 2008 is still June 18.

The winning screenplays of the six entries for the Dec. 25 showing will
be announced on June 8 while the three winning entries for the January 1 showing will be announced on June 28.

Last year, the Metro Filmfest started showing nine films simultaneously on Christmas Day. There was an obvious decline in the box-office during the second week of the filmfest starting on New Year’s Day.

The decision to break the entries into two groups was encouraged by the results of a previous filmfest where three films which began showing on January 1 eventually topped the box office grosses of the film entries that year. These films included Lastikman which starred Vic Sotto and Spirit Warriors.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has released a revised schedule of deadlines for the information of interested producers. Following are the important deadlines that producers must keep track of:

May 18 (Fri), 5 p.m.—Deadline for the submission of notarized application forms and screenplays for the 1st batch

June 18 (Mon), 5 p.m.—Deadline for the submission of notarized
application forms and screenplays for the 2nd batch

May 21 to June 8—Reading and selection of all the screenplays submitted for the first batch

June 18 to June 28—Reading and selection of all the screenplays
submitted for the 2nd batch

June 8 (Fri)—Announcement of official entries for the 1st batch

June 28 (Thur)—Announcement of official entries for the 2nd batch

November 20 (Tue)—Deadline of submission of trailers of official entries.

December 3 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries of
the 1st batch (Dec. 25 showing).

December 10 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries of the 2nd batch (Jan.1 showing).

Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints of entries for the 1st batch.

December 17 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints
of entries for the 2nd batch.

Submission of joint certfications with laboratories concerned that prints needed to service the theaters assigned to them shall be made available on time.

Submission of changes in the filmography charts, such as names of the leading performers and film genres.

December 17-21—Screening of the official entries by the Board of Jurors.

December 24—Parade of Stars in Metro Manila.

December 25, 2007 to January 7, 2008—Showing of official entries with first batch opening on Dec. 25 and second batch opening on
January 1.

January 4, 2008—2007 MMFF-P awards night.