Singkwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines Is On!

By Alwin M. Ignacio

It is an avenue for Filipinos, both here and abroad, to share their voices, sentiments and thoughts via the films they have created.


Barely three years, the newest kid in the festival block, the Singkwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines (SIFFMP), is making its presence truly felt as it officially announces the call for film entries. In cooperation with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the festival invites amateur and professional filmmakers to submit their full length and short films for exhibition and competition.

The SIFFMP will bring 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 also aims to provide a channel for non-Filipinos to share their impressions of the Philippines and its people. Festival Director Perry Escaño 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 of December 13, 2015 (Manila Standard Time).  Short films that are already available online for viewing and promotional films are not eligible,” says Escaño.


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 exhibition maybe in any language or dialect, and must be submitted with  English subtitles.

How does one submit film entries? Escaño replies. “A private on line 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.”
Escaño adds, “We are looking for films that can 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 (opening film) and Joel Lamangan’s Sekyu  (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 Galán and Mark Lacay Racing With The Legends and Benito Bautista’s Harana.

Escaño 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 on February 19 to 27, 2016 at the Tanghalang  Leandro Locsin , NCCA Bldg. 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. There will also be screenings at UP Film Center in March.

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

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