By Rizal Obanil
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee is now accepting applicants for this year’s film festival.
After months of deliberation and discussion, the MMFF considered its objective of not only pursuing “artistic excellence and audience appeal that can equate to more benefits to its target industry beneficiaries,” there are now essentially two categories that will be accepted to complete the eight entries.
There will be four slots for the full-length feature and four slots for the short films.
Those interested in submitting entries to the full-length feature should submit 12 copies of their script and a duly accomplished application and the other requirements.
The requirements should be submitted to the MMFF Secretariat office on or before 5 p.m. of June 15 at the 3rd Floor, MMDA Auditorium Bldg. located at Orense St., EDSA corner Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.
The applicants should also pay the P30,000 application fee.
Out of all the scripts submitted, four will be selected and will be announced on June 30, 2017.
They can also opt to submit the finish film instead along with the accomplished application form and other requirements until October 2.
The application fee of those who will submit early will only be P30,000. The actual application fee is P 50,000.
Short-film entries on the other hand should be submitted by September 1
The four entries for the short film category will be announced on September 29, 2017.
Those who wish to join the film festival should submit a letter of intent to the MMFF Secretariat on or before May 10, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Last year’s MMFF became controversial when only independent films were accepted as entries.
However, some stakeholders complained that the said films may indeed be artistic, they were seemingly not as commercially viable as the previous entries that usually rake in millions of pesos in profit.