Due to insistent requests by producers to further extend the deadline for the submission of screenplays for the entries to this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines), the executive committee of the filmfest reset it to June 19, a Thursday.
The extension was decided upon during an Execom meeting with several producers last Friday, May 23. The earlier deadline was June 2, this coming Monday.
As previously decided by the Execom, eight films will be shown simultaneously starting from Christmas Day to January 7, 2009.
A calendar of deadlines was also distributed to the producers. This includes the following important dates to be followed by producers:
June 19 (Thursday) 5 p.m.
Deadline for submission of notarized application forms and screenplays.
June 20 (Friday) to June 29 (Sunday)
Reading and selection of submitted screenplays.
June 30 (Monday)
Announcement of official entries.
November 30 (Sunday)
Deadline for submission of trailers of official entries.
December 17 (Wednesday)
Submission of joint certification with laboratories concerned that prints needed to service the theaters assigned to them hall be made available on time. Last day of submission of changes in the filmography charts, such as names of the leading performers and film genres.
December 17-21 (Wednesday to Sunday)
Screening of the official entries by the board of jurors.
December 24 (Wednesday)
Parade of Stars (Metro Manila).
December 25 (Thursday) to January 7, 2009 (Wednesday)
Showing of official entries.
December 28 (Sunday)
MMFFP 2008 awards night.
The Execom also reminded producers of the eight requirements a producer must submit to qualify a film as entry to the annual Christmas film festival.
The eight requirements are as follows:
–A letter of intent from the producer regarding his/her intention to participate in the MMFFP 2008.
–A notarized form of application to participate. (Forms are available from the MMFFP secretariat of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Film Academy of the Philippines and the two major producers’ organizations.)
–Entry fee of P20,000 for a screenplay. This will be non-refundable even if the entry will not be chosen.
–The film producing outfit’s Securities and Exchange Commission registration, Department of Trade and Industry and Bureau of Investments papers.
–List of proposed or intended lead actors, actresses, directors who will participate in the filmization of the submitted screenplay.
–Written confirmations from the stars and directors as proof that they are participating in the film project.
–Fifteen (15) copies of the screenplay.
–Notarized affidavit of the producer to attest to the following:
a) That the screenplay has never been submitted to any other film festival.
b) That the producer conforms with the rules and regulations governing the 2008 MMFFP with an understanding 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.
All entries and their P20,000 filing fees must be submitted 2 at the MMFF-P Secretariat, First Floor, MMDA Building, EDSA corner Orense St., Guadalupe, Makati City.
In the 2007 MMFF-P, nine films were entered with six films—Star Cinema’s Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo; OctoArts and M-Zet Productions’ Enteng Kabisote 4; Imus Productions’ Resiklo; Regal Entertainment Inc.’s Shake, Rattle & Roll 9; Regal Entertainment Inc.’s Bahay Kubo and Maverick Films’ Katas ng Saudi–opening on Christmas Day.
Three others films opened on January 1, 2008. These were Regal Entertainment Inc.’s Desperadas; MP Productions’ Anak ng Kumander; and Comguild Productions’ Banal.
The last festival’s total gross failed to approximate the MMFF-P 2006 records by grossing just P380 million in its two-week run.
The total gross for 2007 was P380,241,286 with Metro Manila theaters accounting for P266 million and provincial cinemas for P114 million.
The total gross for 2006 was P414,506,353 with Metro Manila theaters accounting for P302 million while provincial gross totaled P111 million.
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