The 2007 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines), the 33rd version of the annual film event, was launched officially by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando last Friday, March 9, 2007, at the Wack Wack Golf & Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
During a joint launching-appreciation affair which was attended by film producers, Metro Manila officials and representatives of national agencies involved in culture and cinema development, Chairman Fernando declared. The 2007 MMFF-P officially open and announced a May 18, 2007 deadline for the submission of screenplays which will be the basis for the selection of the 10 official entries to this December’s filmfest.
During the joint affair, cash incentives and prizes were given to the producers of the nine films which joined last year’s filmfest as well as the winners of the 2006 MMFF-P awards. Six beneficiaries also received the first tranche of their shares from the amusement taxes donated by the local government units. These included the Mowelfund, the Social Fund of Malacañang, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Movie Industry Anti-Piracy Organzation and the Optical Media Board.
The entertainers who attended the event included the Tiongco Brothers, Eric Santos and Christian Bautista.
The executive committee of the 2007 MMFF-P promptly scheduled
a meeting with local film producers on Wednesday, March 14. It is expected to discuss the rules and regulations that will govern the next film festival.
The execom has initially approved plans to revert to the two-batch showing of entries—seven films to open on December 25 and the three others to open on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2008.
The execom has already released a 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 sumission of screenplays for both
May 21 to June 14—Reading and selection of all submitted screenplays.
June 15 (Fri)—Announcement of 10 official entries to the 2007 MMFF-P.
November 20 (Tue)—Deadline of submission of trailers of official entries.
December 3 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries for
the first batch (Dec. 25 showing).
December 10 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries for
the second batch (Jan.1 showing).
Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints
of entries for first batch.
December 17 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints
of entries for second 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.