What is the New Wave Animation Competition?

Animation has been a thriving art in the international filmmaking scene and has been making its way to the Philippine film industry and with a number of animation movies entered to the Metro Manila Film Festival in recent years, the MMFF created the Animation Category in 2013.

Rules and Mechanics

  1. The competition is open to all Filipino professional and student/amateur animators.
  1. Entries must have a maximum total running time of twelve (12) minutes.
  1. The entries must have been completed from the year 2013 onwards.
  1. Entries shall not have been, in any way, commercially exhibited here and/or abroad. "Commercially exhibited" means any show, display or presentation intended for viewing by members of the general public, the audience thereof being required to pay or give valuable consideration, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for viewing the same. Any film entry which has been shown in any regular, advance or preview screening for valuable consideration whether in movie theaters, television or other media or venue, shall be disqualified; provided: any non-revenue advance or preview screening for promotional purposes only shall not be disqualified as long as the producer shall submit at the time of applying as an entry for the film festival a sworn statement attesting to the non-revenue and promotional nature of the said exhibition.
  1. Everything is assumed to be an original creation. In case copyrighted characters, scripts, music, etc. are used, the entrant cannot submit the animated work without securing agreement/permission from the copyright owner. An original certification from the copyright owner (artist/record company/producer) is required to be submitted together with the entry. Failure to acknowledge, provide credit or obtain such agreement will result in the works being disqualified from the competition.
  1. Any kind of modification except addition of necessary subtitles will not be allowed for the final entries.
  1. The decision of the Board of Jurors is final and irrevocable. The board reserves the right to give an award in any category should no entry merit it and the organizers and the Board of Jurors are not obliged to justify their decision.
  1. MMFF reserves the right to create, revoke, and modify at any time, in any way its entry requirements, rules and regulations at its absolute discretion without prior notice. Finalists and submitted entries shall be bound by any amendments or addition to the entry requirements, rules and regulations herewith.
  1. All participants are deemed to have accepted the rules of the contest, and agree to abide thereby.
  1. All submitted entries and materials required by MMFF shall remain in the Festival’s archives, but the copyright of the material remains with the producer/director/creator.

Entry Requirements

The following requirements must be submitted on or before September 17, 2014 at the Office of the MMFF Secretariat, Office of the Chairman, MMDA Main Bldg. EDSA cor. Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City:

  1. 5 DVDs – must contain a color bar of 10 seconds and followed by a sound signal 0dbs (1,000 cycles per second) and a black leader of 5 seconds at the beginning. Technical specifications: full or high-resolution .avi data file, with a frame size of 720 x 480, and a compression of DV NTSC.
  1. The film filename shall have the following format:



Selection of Finalists

Five (5) entries will be chosen as finalists and will be shown at a selected cinema(s) from December 17-24, 2013. Chosen finalists must comply with the following additional requirements in preparation for judges’ and public screening:

  1. Five (5) copies of the film entry’s 5-10-second movie trailer in DVD / AVI format.
  1. Film entry with English subtitles (if the language used is other than Filipino language) in DCP format.
  1. Two (2) Playbill Poster Designs, 20 inches by 30 inches (20” x 30”) and in JPEG format in burned CDs (Soft Copies).
  1. Additional requirements as may be determined by the New Wave Committee.

Awards and Recognition

  1. Prizes: 

Best Picture

PhP 100,000.00


Special Jury Prize

PhP 50,000.00

  1. A Board of Jurors shall select the winners based on the following criteria: 


Content (Originality, creativity)



Technical Quality



Depiction of Filipino values



Overall Impact

Calendar of Activities


Name of Activity


October 7, 2014

Deadline for submission entries


October 17, 2014

Announcement of Five (5) Finalists


Early December 2014

Press Conference/ Premiere Night


December 17-24, 2014

Screening of MMFF New Wave Films

Glorietta 4 and
SM Megamall

December 28, 2014

MMFF Awards Night