Metro Manila Film Festival Opens 2014 “New Wave” Film Festival

Independent or “Indie” filmmakers may now submit their  entries  to  the Metropolitan  Manila  Development Authority (MMDA) as this year’s “New Wave” competition for the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) officially opens.

MMDA Chairman and MMFF Overall  Chairman Francis Tolentino said entries for Full  Length,  Animation,  Student Shorts or Student Short Films, and Cinephone sections are now being accepted at the MMDA office in Makati City.            

The MMFF’s “New Wave” competition was introduced in 2010 due to the continued popularity of “Indie” films which serve as  a  platform for  aspiring  student  and independent film enthusiasts to showcase their talents.

“This  year,  as  we celebrate  our  40th year,  MMFF will continue  the  tradition  of  supporting  independent  films through a  bigger,  better,  and  bolder  New Wave Section,”Tolentino said. 

For Full Length category 
entries must have a minimum total  running  time  of  75  minutes  and  must  have  been completed from 2013 onwards. Deadline for submission of entries is September 17.

Tolentino said the Full Length entry to be adjudged as Best Picture will receive a cash prize of P300,000. A “Special Jury” prize will also be awarded with P200,000 cash.  

Student Shorts 
on the other hand, is open to student filmmakers from local colleges and universities. Entries must have a maximum 20 minutes running time and must have been  filmed  within  2014.  Deadline  for  submission  is  until October 4.

For  Student  Shorts,  the  Best  Picture  will  receive P50,000 and P25,000 each for special awards.

For  Animation  category 
entries  must  have  a maximum total running time of 12 minutes and completed from 2013  onwards.  Deadline  for  submission  of  entries  is September 17.

The Best Picture in the Animation section, will get a P100,000 cash prize.

The Cinephone competition 
meanwhile, is a nationwide cellphone movie-making contest for high school and college students. This year theme is Pagbangon Pagkatapos ng Kalamidad (Disaster Recovery/Rehabilitation). Deadline for submission of entries is October 4, with 60 videos to be selected as finalists.         
There will be six winners in the Cinephone competition and each will receive P25,000 plus paid internships  FROM  Viva  Films,Scenema Concept, and Quantum Films, among others. 

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