Entries for 2016 Singkuwento International Film Festival to be accepted until December 13

Brillante Mendoza received the Singkuwento International Lifetime Achievement Award during the awarding ceremony held in February 2015.



The Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines (SIFFMP) in cooperation of National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) invites amateur and professional film makers to submit their full length and short films for exhibition and competition.

The SIFFMP is an international film festival brings a collection of films that explore different genres ranging from youth, personal relationships, demise and destruction, growing up dreams and pains and societal issues.

The festival’s main objective is to unite various Filipino and foreign filmmakers in our country and around the world . It is an avenue for Filipinos both here and abroad to share their voice, sentiments and thought via the films they have created. It also aims to provide a channel for non-Filipinos to share their impressions of the Philippines and its people.

Festival director Perry Escano announces, “On our third year, there will be a separate category for local and international films in both fictional and documentary films. All films made locally will be under local category.

"The board of jury headed by Roberto Reyes Ang will select a few Filipino entries for consideration to the international category with consent of the filmmakers. Films entered in the international category will no longer compete in the local category.

“The short films competition is open to students, amateurs and professionals. We are only accepting that must be completed not earlier that January 1, 2014. The maximum running time of short films including opening and closing credit is 30 minutes.

"Deadline of submission for both films in competition and exhibition is before midnight Manila Standard Time, of December 13, 2015. Short films that are already available online for viewing and promotional films are not eligible,” says Escano.

This year, full length films and documentary films for exhibition will also be accepted. The minimum running time is 1 hour. They must be completed not earlier than January 1, 2013.

All films submitted for competition and for exhibition maybe in any language or dialect and must be submitted with English subtitles.

How does one submit film entries?

A private online link of the film must be sent for pre-screening purposes via email to singkuwento.international@yahoo.com.ph along with entry form, filmmaker’s CV, poster in .jpeg file, three .jpeg files of stills from the film and a profile picture of the filmmaker. The film links must be downloadable. They can visit our FB page Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines and our SIFFMP website http://siffmp.wix.com/2016.

Escano adds, “We are looking for films that can will allow people to have a better appreciation of our impressive Filipino culture and heritage with great messages of Filipino and foreign films to the audience.”

Some of the mainstream films for exhibition in the SIFFMP next year are Louie Ignacio’s Laut (festival opening film) and Joel Lamangan’s Sekyu (festival closing film).

World Premiere films include Louie Ignacio’s Child Haus and Mike Magat’s Isang Hakbang.

Other full length films for exhibition are DA Palagtiw’s Pisara, Jill Singson Urdaneta’s Partee,� Johnny Mahinay’s Atras, Franco Arce’s Beyond That Door, Peter Allan Mariano’s Babaylan, Silip sa Nakaraan and Paolo Endrinal Tesico’s Ligaw.

Documentary films for exhibition are Steven Flor, Martin Galan and Mark Laccay Racing With The Legends and Benito Bautista’s Harana.

Escano also invites sponsors to support the three-year old film festival. He says, “This festival gives them an unrivalled opportunity to meet the right people and present the strengths and merits of their company. It is an opportunity for them to be part of the ever evolving and always exciting Filipino Cinema wave.”

The Singkuwento International Film Festival, Manila, Philippines is slated to run from February 19 to 27, 2016 at the Tanghalang Leandro Locsin , NCCA Bldg 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

There will also be U.P. Diliman Film Center screenings in March.

For tickets, the SIFFMP Full Access Festival Pass and tickets are available via TicketWorld outlets and National Bookstore. Interested parties may also buy the tickets at the lobby of the NCCA.

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