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In March 2021, Manila Broadcasting Company launched a short film competition to celebrate the extraordinary creative energy of Filipino filmmakers nationwide.

Dubbed as the MBC Short Film Festival (MSFF), the competition serves as the centerpiece of the anniversary celebrations of the broadcast network’s flagship station DZRH. Having been the frontrunner in radio dramas and documenting history as it unfolds via its news and public affairs division, MBC-DZRH hopes to contribute a digital platform for amateur and professional Filipino filmmakers to share their works with the world at large, by showcasing human interest stories based on real-life characters/situations in which the Filipino triumphs over adversity. In its initial foray, the MSFF sought entries in the short feature, documentary, and animation categories.

The festival itself will officially run from August 16-30, 2021 during which the public may view the finalists on the MSFF Official Website.

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Starting on August 16, create a DZRH account or use your existing account to log in. Click on the poster to go to the film entry of your choice. Then, click on the "vote for this movie" button and follow the instructions. Voters must read and check the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before their votes can be counted. Only votes from the official MSFF page will be counted. Voters are allowed to vote only 1 film entry a day. Voting period is from August 16 to 25, 2021. MSFF reserves the right to disqualify any account deem to promote phishing.
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Competition Guidelines
  • Open to amateur and professional Filipino filmmakers nationwide.
  • Open to amateur and professional Filipino filmmakers nationwide;
  • Length of film = maximum 20 minutes;
  • Dialogue must be in English or Pilipino/regional dialect, with English subtitles;
  • Should highlight triumph over adversity
  • Maximum of three submissions per filmmaker but only one entry per producer allowed in the Final Screening.
  • Should a producer have multiple entries that will qualify, the film with the highest score will advance to the Final Screening as determined by the jury.
  • Entries that have been featured in other local and international festivals and competitions are eligible;
  • Films that qualify for the Final Screening must receive a rating of either General Patronage, Parental Guidance or Strict Parental Guidance according to the standards of the Philippine Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
Applications and Safety Protocols

When applicable, the filming of all entries should follow safety protocols as mandated by the IATF.

For previous works, it must be explicitly stated that the film was produced prior to the restrictions.

Critera for Judging
  • Originality and Creativity = 30%
  • Storytelling = 30%
  • Engagement = 20%
  • Cinematography / CG Execution (for Animation) = 10%
  • Editing = 5%
  • Audio, music, and sound effects = 5%
  • TOTAL = 100%
Awards and Incentives
  • The films that qualify for the Final Screening (5 per genre) will automatically be given P15,000.00 each and certificate as Finalist
  • One winner per category/genre will be chosen to receive P75,000.
  • Grand Prix winner to be selected among the category winners will receive additional P75,000
  • Special prize for Fan Favorite to receive additional P25,000
  • All prizes are tax-free