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.
“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.
The MMFF’s “New Wave” competition was introduced in 2010 due to the continued popularity of independent or “indie” films that serve as a platform for showcasing the talents of aspiring student and independent film enthusiasts.
For the full-length category, entries must have a minimum running time of 75 minutes and must have been completed from 2013 onwards. Deadline for submission of entries is September 17.
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 October 4.
For the animation category, entries must have a maximum running time of 12 minutes and must have been completed from 2013 onwards.
The cinephone competition, meanwhile, is a nationwide cellphone movie-making contest for high school and college students.