The 2016 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (MMFF) was launched titled #reelvolution last June 28 at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
The event was hosted by Iza Calzado and Epi Quizon and attended by the new members of the MMFF Executive Committee (execom).
The new guidelines of the MMFF were also announced by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Atty. Emerson Carlos.
The 2016 MMFF will have two types of competition, namely the Full-Length Feature Film Section and the Short Film Section.
Those interested in submitting full-length feature films should first send a letter of intent on or before July 8. The deadline for submission of the finished film is Oct. 31 and the finalists will be announced on Nov. 10.
Requirements for joining the full-length feature film section are the following: three copies of the duly completed application form, synopsis (one page, not more than 300 words ), hard drive containing the film entry in DCP (JPEG 2000) or non-DCP (MP4, Avi), a brief resume/background of the producer, filmmakers filmography, entry fee of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000) in cash, manager’s check or proof of deposit to the MMFF account (PNB Combo Account /Account Name: Metro Manila Film Festival/ Account number 138466200019). There shall be an early bird period of submission on or before September 28, 2016 which will have a discounted entry fee of Thirty Thousand Pesos (P30,000).
Requirements for Short Films are the following: 3 Copies of the duly completed application form, Synopsis (1 page, not more than 300 words); Hard Drive containing the film entry in DCP format (JPEG 2000); A brief resume/ background of the producer.
Eight Full-Length Finalists will be chosen as official entries along with 8 shorts films; but there shall be 2 alternates based on next -in-rank which shall replace in case of a pull-out or disqualification of a finalist.
The criteria for selecting the 8 films are Story, Audience Appeal, Overall Impact (40%) – mainly the Story; Cinematic Attributes/ Technical Excellence (40%) – mainly its cinematic quality; Global Appeal (10%) – this is a catch-all, mainly the film’s universality, its ability to be appreciated by local and international audience; Filipino Sensibility (10%) – how does it reflect the Pinoy experience.
The Execom has appointed a nine-member body known as the competition committee composed of individuals prominent in their own fields and possess unquestionable integrity to select the 8 official entries to be announced on Nov. 10, 2016; and there is no limit to the number of submission from interested producers.
One of the major changes in this year’s MMFF is an issue which the Film Academy of the Philippines has been stressing is the required submission of finished films and not scripts.
Oher changes as pointed out by Chairman Carlos include thevalue system shift in box-office consideration as there will be no distinction between mainstream and independent film entries. There will also be no cash prizes for the winners and the awards night will now be hald at the tail end of the festival in order to avoid unduly influencing audiences in their viewing choices. The best child actor award was scrapped to give way to the MMFF Children’s Choice Awards .
The 2016 MMFF Execom members are the following: Atty. Emerson Carlos, MMDA chairman; Supt. Rhoderick Armamento; Edward Cabagnot, academe reoresentative; Jesse Ejercito, producer4; Teordoro Granados, FDCP executive director; Moira Lang, writer/producer; Bryan Ian Montances, representative of Sen. Sonny Angara; Maruc Ng, vice president of MMTA; Boots Anson-Rodrigo, MOWELFUND president; Jun Romana of the Bureay of Broadcast Services; Edgar Tejerero, president of the SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc.; Wilson Tieng, president of MPDAP; Atty. Eugenio Villareal, MTRCB chairman; and Congressman Alfred vargas of Quezon City (5th district).
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