Pormal nang ipinahayag ng 39th Metro Manila Film Festival committee ang five official finalists para sa New Wave section, full-length feature category.
Taong 2010 nang inilunsad ng MMFF organizing committee ang "Tribute to Independent Cinema," isang non-competition section para sa independent films.
Sumunod na taon (2011), na-inspire si Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino sa patuloy na popularity ng indie films sa bansa. Bilang suporta niya rito, pormal na niyang dinagdag ang New Wave section upang palawakin pa ang MMFF.
Sa ilalim ng New Wave festival director na si Mark Meily, limang indie films ang ipinalabas sa Robinsons Galleria (Quezon City) bilang “prelude” o paunang palabas bago ang main MMFF opening on December 25. Naganap ito for four days lamang: mula December 18-24.
Last year (2012), with Ms. Digna Santiago as new head of New Wave section, nalipat sa Glorietta 4 (Makati City) ang screening venue, pero dahil sa nakitaan ito ng committee ng growing audience, in-extend nila ang showing hanggang December 24, bisperas ng Pasko.
Ngayong 2013, sinasabing “bigger, better, and bolder” ang New Wave section ng MMFF, sa ilalim pa rin ng pamumuno ni Ms. Santiago, dahil maliban sa December 18-24 (seven days) na ang screening ng New Wave films, mapapanood na rin ang mga entries sa Glorietta 4 (Makati) pati SM Megamall (Mandaluyong).
Sa maraming film entries na sumubok makapasa, ang mga sumusunod na pelikula ang mga napili upang maging official finalists ng 2013 MMFF New Wave section:
1. ANG MAESTRA (drama) – from Pixel Works Entertainement and Scenema Concept International, written and directed by Joven Tan.
CAST: Biboy Ramirez, Dennis Padilla, Jenine Desiderio, Vaness del Moral, Basty Alcanses, Dexter Doria, Lui Manansala, Mel Kimura, and Ms. Perla Bautista
SYNOPSIS: This is a story of Lola Mila, a retired teacher, who, because of senility and Alzheimer’s Disease, is hurt by her grandson, Rafael. When Lola Mila runs away, she is adopted by friends and neighbors. In his search for his lost grandmother, Rafael discovers how great a teacher she was.
2. DUKIT (drama) – from CenterStage Productions, written and directed by Armando "Bing" Lao.
CAST: Willy Layug, Raquel Villavicencio, Bor Ocampo, Bambalito Lacap, Thea Lelay, Rhea Lim, Mark Joseph Griswold, and Grace Martinez.
SYNOPSIS: What does it take for a son to forgive the father who had abandoned his family for another woman?
3. ISLAND DREAMS (romantic comedy) – from Kenau Pictures Production, written by Aloy Adlawan, co-directed by Aloy Adlawan and Gino Santos.
CAST: Louise delos Reyes, Alexis Petitprez (French actor), Irma Adlawan, Chanel Latorre, Hector Macaso, Natasha Villaroman.
SYNOPSIS: An underprivileged Filipina who dreams to become a singer meets an American vacationer looking for a one night stand, both ultimately finding something else.
4. MGA ANINO NG KAHAPON (drama) – from Vim Yapan / Alem Chua Productions, written and directed by Alvin Yapan.
CAST: Agot Isidro, TJ Trinidad, Carlo Cruz, Upeng Galang Fernandez, Carl Acosta.
SYNOPSIS: When Ed goes abroad to work as a nurse, he leaves behind his wife Irene and son Brian under the care of his mother, Flor, and younger brother Carlo. The situation turns problematic as Irene claims that their house is being monitored by the military. She turns fearful of shadows that she says belong to undercover operatives lurking about.
As Irene’s disposition spirals into paranoia, the family’s peace is affected. Ed, Flor, Carlo, and even young Brian struggle to help and understand Irene while they all try to deal with her disorder.
5. SAKA SAKA (action-drama) – from Cine Bro Productions, written by Manny Buising and Willy Laconsay, directed by Toto Natividad.
CAST: Ejay Falcon, Joseph Marco, Baron Geisler, Kathleen Hermosa, Perla Bautista, Akiko Solon, Toby Alejar, and Mon Confiado.
SYNOPSIS: Two brothers grow up in a world of violence and politics as private assassins called SAKA SAKA. Their bond is challenged as their duty and principles collide.
Ang limang entries ay maglalaban-laban para sa Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, at Cultural Award—na bukod sa mga tropeo ay may kasama ring cash incentives.
Bukod sa full-length films, meron ring tig-limang official entries ang Student Short Film category at ang inilulunsad na Animation category this year.
Ang 2013 Student Short Film entries ay ang sumusunod:
1. No Filter - Mapua - Luigi Lupe Rosario
2. Limang Taon ni Lola - University of the Philippines - Martika Ramirez
3. Gapos - Letran - Rizchell Anne Miguel
4. Jonathan - University of the Philippines - Rolson Chester D. Ilao
5. Sequence 25 - Far Eastern University - Jose Limuel C. Silvestre
Ang 2013 MMFF Animation Section finalists ay ang sumusunod:
1) Kaleh and Mbaki -- by Dennis Sebastian
2) Gayuma ni Maria -- by Gabriel Villalon
3) Ang Lalong ni Kulakog -- by Omar Aguilar
4) Origin ni Mang Jose -- by Apollo C. Anonuevo
5) Mamang Pulis -- by Hannah Espia
At dahil usung-uso ang digital gadgets, may kategorya ring Cine Phone para sa mga kabataang puwedeng lumikha ng kuwento nang ilang minuto, sa pamamagitan ng kanilang cell phones.
Ang taong in charge sa kategoryang ito ay ang producer-director na si Paul Soriano.