Here's what we know about the new rules for this year's MMFF
For one, they will only be accepting completed films.
(SPOT.ph) There's going to be a lot of changes to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). You might remember when the MMFF made headlines back in January for disqualifying Erik Matti's Honor Thy Father. The issue snowballed into Congressional hearings over allegations of irregular funding and calls to scrap the festival entirely.
It was reported on Monday, April 11, that the MMFF has revamped its Executive Committee (Execom) to 14 members that includes MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos, Sen. Sonny Angara, veteran actress Boots Anson-Roa, actor-slash-congressman Alfred Vargas, and indie screenwriter and producer Moira Lang.
In a recent interview with Inquirer.net, Lang said that the new Execom will only be accepting "finished products" as entries for the festival, instead of the usual screenplays. This move will reportedly help "level the playing field" in the festival. "With finished products, producers will have more time to publicize their films. Even those who do not have access to ads in TV networks will be able to promote their films well," she said,
The deadline of submissions will now be moved to late September, and the selection committee will "all be first-timers." The MMFF also vowed that all entries will have a "minimum guaranteed run," to prevent films from being pulled from cinemas after the first day. (This happened to several film entries in 2015.)