Muntinlupa and MMFF support young filmmakers through joint workshop

PHOTO CAPTION: Director Paul Soriano was one of the speakers who took part in the Young Filmmakers’ Workshop held last Saturday at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

Over 600 college students attended the Muntinlupa-hosted Young Filmmakers’ Workshop, an event supported by Muntinlupa’s Gender and Development Office (GAD) and organized together with the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

College students from 21 colleges and universities from the cities of Muntinlupa, Paraňaque, Las Piňas, Taguig, and Pateros attended the biggest filmmaking workshop in the metro south.

Muntinlupa City Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon and Mayor Jimmy R. Fresnedi graced the event and showed their support for the young filmmakers.

Held at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, the Muntinlupa Student Film Festival (MSFF) and MMFF teamed up to give student filmmakers the opportunity to learn from distinguished names in the film industry.

Award-winning producers and filmmakers spanning all areas of the industry shared their expertise at the event. Speakers included filmmaker and producer Ida Tiongson who elaborated on film sustainability and mobilizing resources; Director Zig Dulay discussed scriptwriting and screenplay; Musical Film Director Jessie Lasaten taught students how to write music into their films; Director Paul Soriano imparted directing techniques; Director of Photographer Dan Villegas expounded on cinematography; Joey Paras gave invaluable hints and tips on acting and Ricky Orellana and Robert Quilao shared best practices in animation.

The workshop is also a platform for emerging film industry talents to participate in two film festivals, the 2nd Muntinlupa Student Film Festival and the MMFF New Wave.

2nd Muntinlupa Student Film Festival.

On its second year, the MSFF aims to enhance its competencies in promoting creative work. Thus, it has partnered with MMFF to help students create more quality and value-filled films that will help the City Government of Muntinlupa promote women empowerment. The theme of the 2nd MSFF: “Inspiring Positive Change… Advancing Women’s Rights, Empowerment and Equality.”

Prizes include P20,000 for the Best Documentary and Music Video, P15,000 for the 1st runner-up and P10,000 for the 2nd runner-up. Entries that best espouse values may also receive the Mayor’s Award for Values and Gender Sensitivity Award with P10,000 each as cash prize. Individual awards will also be given and winning students will receive P3,000.

Submission of entries to the MSFF is open starting August and deadline of entries is on October 30, 2014.

The Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave
Since its creation in 2010, the MMFF New Wave Section has been providing a platform for alternative storytelling through its four main competitions: full feature, students short films, cinephone and animation.

As MMFF celebrates its 40th year, bigger prizes await the winners with prizes amounting to as much as P300,000. All winners will be announced during the MMFF Awards Night in late December.

For more information about the MSFF visit and for information about MMFF New Wave visit






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