Call for Entries: MBC Short Film Festival 2021

Geared towards its vision of showcasing stories on how Filipinos rise above adversity and to celebrate the creativity of amateur and professional filmmakers, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) launched its first ever digital filmmaking competition.

MBC Short Film Festival 2021 is open to all Filipino filmmakers nationwide and the deadline of entries is until June 15. Film entries must be a maximum of 20 minutes long and can be in any medium such as English, Filipino or regional dialect as long as it has English subtitles.

There are 3 genres wherein participants can choose from such as Short Feature, Narrative Documentary and Animation. “Short features” must be able to tell a fictional story using actors in certain locales or sets, with or without costumes. It could be romance, drama, action, or comedy among others. On the other hand, “Narrative Documentary” can be Non-fictional film, intended to document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record, using a narrator to guide the viewer. While the “Animation” genre can be a film in which characters’ performances are created using a frame by frame technique involving animation through drawings, computer graphics, photographs of static objects, including all techniques other than continuous filming of live-action images.

The entries should also revolve around human interest stories and can be based on real life characters or situations to show how they overcame any adversity.

The films that qualify for the Final Screening will automatically be given Php.15,000 and certificate as a finalist and one winner per category/genre will be chosen to receive Php.75,000.

Final roster of festival entries will be shown nationwide over MBC digital platforms with the option to air it on MBC’s Cable TV and Free to Air TV channels from August 16-30, 2021.

Here’s the full contest guidelines:


  • Open to amateur and professional Filipino filmmakers nationwide

  • A film must be a maximum of 20 minutes long;

  • Maximum of three submissions per filmmaker but only one entry per producer is 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.

  • Films that qualify for the Final Screening must be given a rating of either General Patronage, Parental Guidance or Strict Parental Guidance based on standards of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).


  • All entries must be submitted together with the Application Form via and must include the following:

  1. Duly-completed application form

  2. Final work in HD mp4 format, with watermark, properly labeled with the title, production company address and contact numbers, production date, director’s name and running time that should not exceed 20 minutes, inclusive of credit titles; with English subtitles if in the vernacular;

  3. one (1) trailer of not more than one minute in length

  4. one (1) digital poster

  5. eight (8) captioned production stills in jpeg format to be used for promotional purposes;

  6. Soft copy of synopsis in English;