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‘Indie’ out, ‘New Wave’ in

Manila, Philippines – ONE AND THE SAME – Actually, “indie” and “New Wave” films are one and the same thing. They refer to independently produced films — innovative, out of the box.

Even daring and baring. Not only in terms of skin exposure but in themes and topics, those not touched by mainstream films.

But then indie films have been tagged, unfairly one must say, as boring and dull. Walang nangyayari sa istorya. “New Wave” sounds better, more pleasing to the ear.

And so the indie category of the Metro Manila Film Festival is now billed “New Wave.”

OCT. 30 DEADLINE – Here’s a news release that explains it all – and more.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee remind all New Wave (indie) and student filmmakers the deadline for the submission of their entries for the 37th MMFF is Oct. 30, 2011.

The Student Short Film is another category introduced in the MMFF this year. Five New Wave films (full length) and 10 student short films will be shown Dec. 18-21 at Robinsons Galleria as a prelude to the yearly MMFF which runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7.

WHY THE CHANGE – MMDA Chairman and MMFF over-all chair Francis N. Tolentino said that on the recommendation of director Mark Meily, chairman of this year’s New Wave film section, the execom decided to adopt New Wave instead of indie or independent as the latter is usually associated with low-budget and non-performing films.

Tolentino said though that New Wave films win recognition in international film festivals and glowing reviews from critics. And that some of them, like “Babae sa Septic Tank” and “Zombadings,” earn money.

FUTURE DIRECTORS – He added that he is hopeful student filmmakers will in time become feature film directors, whether mainstream or New Wave. The inclusion of both New Wave and Student short films in this year’s MMFF is aimed to promote quality movies produced by small filmmakers and give students a viable opportunity to showcase their crafts.

One segment of this year’s awards night will be devoted to student and New Wave filmmakers to highlight their participation in the MMFF.

In last year’s MMFF, five New Wave films were shown in Robinsons Galleria, a first in the history of the filmfest under Tolentino’s leadership.

A student short film must not exceed 12 minutes, while the feature film, a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 115 minutes.

CASH PRIZE – Five juror will select the best New Wave and the best Student Short films. The director of the best New Wave film will receive P100,000, while the school of the best Student Short film will receive P25,000.

All entries must have been produced between January 2010 and Oct. 30, 2011 and must be submitted in DVD format with Filipino and English subtitles and must not have been produced by a major film production outfit.