Alternative movie, video entries solicited

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THOSE who think that the annual Metro Manila Film Fest is rubbish, full of recycled formulaic films, here is their chance to create their own better and smarter movies: they can join a contest for alternative films and videos.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Film, Broadcasting and New Media Division (CCP FBNMD) is calling for and accepting entries for the 31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video. The deadline of submission of entries is March 15. Submissions must be in no later than 6 p.m. that day at the CCP FBNMD Office, located at the 4th floor of the CCP Main Building. Entries can be submitted before the deadline.

They must include a duly accomplished entry form, which can be downloaded at and

Here are the other requirements: one digital data file of the entry in full resolution (saved on USB or burned on a DVD as data with file properly labelled or identified); one DVD or USB containing the synopsis, genre, running time, rating, production credits; two black and white photos from the film entry in jpeg format; and a film entry poster, if available, in jpeg format.

The festival will have the following categories: short feature/narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation. Interested parties can submit a maximum of three entries, but can only submit one per category.

The selected entries will be screened during the 31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video Festival on Aug. 3 to 5, as part of the 15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which is slated from Aug. 2 to 11 at the CCP theaters and various venues.

The best films will be announced during the awards night on Aug. 5 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater).

Winning entries in each category will receive P25,000, P15,000, and P10,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, respectively. An honorable mention awardee will get P5,000.

This year, special Awards include: Best Regional Entry and Best Entry On/For/By Children.

For the complete guidelines, visit, or call the CCP FBNMD Office at 832-1125, local 1705 & 1712.