Call for Entry

2nd Sine Halaga Film Festival – Call for Entry 2022

The Sine Halaga Film Festival is accepting short films between 5 – 15 minutes (Adult Filmmakers category) and films between 5 – 10 minutes (Students Filmmakers category), until September 30, 2022. *Only for Filipino filmmakers*

Category A – Adult Filmmakers:
– The festival is open to all Filipino filmmakers (must be a Filipino citizen currently residing in Philippines).
Any genre (drama, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc) is acceptable, however, the film must in be in the form of live-action narrative fiction (not documentary, experimental nor animation). Films that are hybrid in form (with elements that make it part docu, part animated, part experimental) are accepted, however, the entire film must be in narrative live-action fiction form if taken as a whole.
– Films must have a total running time between 5 -15 minutes, including opening & closing credits.
– Films must have been completed between January 1 2021 and September 2022.
– The filmmaker should be 20 year or older who are no longer attending school or are already professionals.
– The festival is looking for cinematic stories/works with high regard for the narrative, the characters and the film’s technical aspects and how these elements are creatively weaved together into one coherent whole using elements of cinema.
– Films with stories, characters and cultures of Indigenous Peoples are welcome, however, they must be sanctioned by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and approved by the Indigenous Community being portrayed. Filmmakers should provide proof of consent and clearance with the communities and with the NCIP. Films without consent from the community with the intervention of NCIP will not be accepted.
–  Films must be in any Filipino language with grammatically correct English subtitles.
– The story and script must be original and free from third party claims.
– Screening rights of the winning films belong to the filmmakers, NCCA and NCF. Sine Halaga is an educational resource film festival for all Filipinos and, by joining, the filmmaker gives NCCA and NCF the right to screen the film free of charge in events and platforms for educational and cultural purposes.
– If selected, film entries cannot be withdrawn from the festival once announcements have been made.
– If a film is submitted as entry in other festivals, Sine Halaga shall temporarily geo-block its online sites to allow the filmmaker to compete and/or join international film festivals.
– Sine Halaga prioritizes a World Premiere status but will accept films that have premiered in other festivals on the condition that Sine Halaga is their second screening. If the film entry has been screened in three or more Philippine festivals, SH shall prioritize new material over it. This rule is only related to Philippine film festivals.
– Sine Halaga shall not accept films that have been posted/uploaded online and made available to the public.

Eligibility for Category B – Students Filmmakers:
– The festival is open to all Filipino filmmakers and Students (must be a Filipino citizen currently residing in Philippines).
Any genre (drama, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc) is acceptable, however, the film must in be in the form of live-action narrative fiction (not documentary, experimental nor animation). Films that are hybrid in form (with elements that make it part docu, part animated, part experimental) are accepted, however, the entire film must be in narrative live-action fiction form if taken as a whole.
– Films must have a total running time between 5 – 10 minutes, including opening & closing credits.
– Films must have been completed between January 1 2021 and September 2022.
– For this specific competition/category, Students are defined as High School, Senior High or Tertiary level students who are officially enrolled in public or private high school, college or university for schoolyear 2022-2023.
– The festival is looking for cinematic stories/works with high regard for the narrative, the characters and the film’s technical aspects and how these elements are creatively weaved together into one coherent whole using elements of cinema.
– Films with stories, characters and cultures of Indigenous Peoples are welcome, however, they must be sanctioned by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and approved by the Indigenous Community being portrayed. Filmmakers should provide proof of consent and clearance with the communities and with the NCIP. Films without consent from the community with the intervention of NCIP will not be accepted.
–  Films must be in any Filipino language with grammatically correct English subtitles.
– The story and script must be original and free from third party claims.
– All music, artwork, photography or the likes used in the film must be original. NCCA and NCF shall not be liable for any costs related to claims of rights of any kind. The entry will be disqualified if the organizers receive such claims.
– Except for its cast, production team must be composed of an-all Filipino student crew who are also officially enrolled in any public/private school, college or university. If a foreign character is introduced in the film, the filmmaker declares this in the provided form. Film’s Cast and crew must have no criminal record. Teachers may act as advisers but are not allowed to participate in the creation of the film. We will not accept films with teachers taking on major technical roles in the film (writer, cinematographer, editor, production designer, sound design).
– Screening rights of the winning films belong to the filmmakers, NCCA and NCF. Sine Halaga is an educational resource film festival for all Filipinos and, by joining, the filmmaker gives NCCA and NCF the right to screen the film free of charge in events and platforms for educational and cultural purposes.
– If selected, film entries cannot be withdrawn from the festival once announcements have been made.
– If a film is submitted as entry in other festivals, Sine Halaga shall temporarily geo-block its online sites to allow the filmmaker to compete and/or join international film festivals.
– Sine Halaga prioritizes a World Premiere status but will accept films that have premiered in other festivals on the condition that Sine Halaga is their second screening. If the film entry has been screened in three or more Philippine festivals, SH shall prioritize new material over it. This rule is only related to Philippine film festivals.
– Sine Halaga shall not accept films that have been posted/uploaded online and made available to the public.

Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: September 30, 2022

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here:
Category A – https://www.nccalearninghub.com/sinehalaga-rulescategorya
Category B – https://www.nccalearninghub.com/sinehalaga-rulescategoryb

– To submit to the festival please visit: https://forms.gle/Fby8HvqYUAQBaKbw5

To see other Calls please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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