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Maginhawa Film Festival 2018 celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema

Maginhawa Film Festival 2018 celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema

2018 marks the sophomore year of Cinema Centenario’s own local film fest, the Maginhawa Film Festival. And this year—being the 100th anniversary of the founding of Philippine cinema, a concept from which the novelty microcinema bloomed—is absolutely special.

From the press release:

This coming December, Cinema Centenario celebrates its first anniversary dedicated to pay tribute to the core foundation of its existence, the one hundred years of Philippine Cinema, by launching the 2nd Maginhawa Film Festival.

MFF is the biggest annual event along the food hub in Quezon City which started in 2017 as a platform to strengthen a multi-sectoral audience for the local cinema by showcasing the best films of all forms, genres, and themes. This 2018, the Festival will also hold various activities such as workshops, lectures, and seminars given by adept personalities in the industry.

What’s great about MFF is: 1.) there’s ZERO submission fee, and 2.) there’s NO Philippine premiere requirement. It’s sounding like what Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino couldn’t be—at least for this year, 2017 PPP is momentuous—and a very big middle-finger to the biggest film festival (and failure?) in the Philippines, MMFF, having the MFF culminate in December as well.

Submission for entries, both full-length and short features, is only until October 31st. Check out the below infographic for more information.

For an easier read, check out the Entry and eligibility guidelines after the bump.

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  • Entries must have been completed after December 1, 2017.
  • The director of the entry must be a Filipino citizen.
  • Philippine premiere is NOT required.
  • Films that competed on other local and foreign film festivals are still eligible to join.
  • Films must NOT be available to the public, both online and broadcast platforms prior to and during the
  • Full-Length films both Narrative Fiction and Documentary must not exceed 3 hours including opening
    and closing credits.
  • Short Features (Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental) must not exceed 20 minutes and
    NOT be shorter than 5 minutes including credits.


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  • Submission of films has no entry fee.
  • Entrant must submit a duly accomplished entry form attached with private online screener (Vimeo Link with password protection or YouTube with ‘unlisted’ privacy setting.
  • Films can be in various local language provided that the film is subtitled in English.
  • Films must be in digital format.
  • Films must only be shown in MFF venue/s during the festival.
  • Directors may submit multiple entries. However, only one film would be selected to become part of
    the official selection.
  • The Festival has the sole discretion to do necessary changes on programming albeit announced.
  • Entrant should have legal authority to submit the entry and shall hold the Festival free and harmless
    from any and all liabilities arising out of or in connection with copyright law and suits by third parties.


The films will go through an extensive selection process led by this year’s selection committee, comprised of indie stalwarts, journalists, and film professors.

Maginhawa Film Festival 2018 celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema

The 2018 Maginhawa Film Festival will award the following:

  • Best Feature Length Film
  • Maginhawa Choice Award
  • Best Director
  • Best Performance (Actor & Actress)
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Editing
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Short Film

Maginhawa Film Festival 2018 celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema

Maginhawa Film Festival will happen from December 1st thru December 27th at the Cinema Centenario in Maginhawa , Quezon City. Check out MFF’s page on Facebook for real-time updates.

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