•October 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Awards Night – Cine Indie for the MDGs


2009 Cine Indie for MDG Winners

•September 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here is the result of our competition.  We have received 31 entries and 22  made it to the semi-finals.  From the 22 entries, 10 were selected by the board of judges as finalists and six (6) emerged as the winners:

2009 Cine Indie for MDG Winners-  This is in no particular order

1.  Gera wo Gutasan (War and Hunger) – Nerve Macaspac, Herb Valencia
2.  Sawang Calero – Tessa Villegas, Lorenzo Ninal, Ruel Antipuesto
3.  Recess – Ramon Mapa
4.  Yaw Yaw – Idden delos Reyes
5. Mga Damgo – Remton Zuasola
6.  Kakasa Ka Ba? – Miles Asa

Honorable Mention

1.  Tatlong Maria – Milo Alto Paz and Elizabeth Angsioco
2.  Madaris – Glaiza Jarloc, Diane Rante, Helen Henson, Aleine Camino
3.  Kahit Basa ang Chalk – Celso Espaldo
4.  Tagulamin – Cherry Ann Palaganas, Marie Joyce de Castro Godio

Special Citation from the United Nations Population Fund

1.  Tatlong Maria
2.  Botcha
3. Si Leo and Batang Lito

•June 30, 2009 • 4 Comments

Due to a number of requests we have received, we are extending the deadline for submission of entries to July 30, 2009!

•June 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment
At Bambi Beltran's Kukuk's Nest

With Cebu Filmmakers at Bambi Beltran's Kukuk's Nest

Launch of Cine-Indie for MDG, Baguio City

•May 7, 2009 • 2 Comments

Launch of Cine-Indie

Indie Filmmakers…channel your passion for a good cause.

•April 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

image2Cine-Indie For MDG: A National Digital Film Competition to Promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


In September 2000, the Philippines also joined 189 member-states of the United Nations, in committing to the ideals of working together to achieve peace and security, respect for human rights, promote good governance, and strive for development, with particular attention on the needs of the poor, vulnerable and children of the world through the Millennium Declaration. Through this Millennium Declaration, UN member-states then created and committed to a set of development goals and targets for global human development, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be achieved by 2015 (See Annex for list of MDG Targets).

A report by the Asian Development Bank, The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007, said that no developing country in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Philippines, will be able to meet all millennium development goals by 2015. It also said that of the 21 criteria under seven MDGs, the Philippines is either slow or showing no progress in nine categories.

In summary, it was noted that the Philippines lags in reducing the number of its population living in $1 or (P47) a day, reducing the number of underweight children, providing sufficient water, and improved sanitation in rural areas. The country is either showing no progress or even regressing in the MDG criteria on the number of primary education enrollees, number of those able to reach 5th grade, forest cover, carbon dioxide emission and water accessibility in urban areas. The Philippines still has a high maternal mortality rate with 11 mothers dying each day due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications.

To help raise awareness and accelerate efforts to achieve the MDGs, The Forum for FP and Development (The Forum) through the support of the United Nations Population Fund, Leadership Development Mechanism (LDM) Philippines, Philippine Center for Population and Development and other partners, invites independent filmmakers from around the country to join the National Digital Short Film Competition on the MDGs.

Cine-Indie For MDG: A National Digital Film Competition to Promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The competition has three categories – Short Feature, Animation and Documentary.

Guidelines and Mechanics of the Competition

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  • The guiding framework of the competition is the Millennium Development Goals. Interested participants must choose one or more from the targets of the MGDs as guiding theme of their scripts. Any entry that the screening committee finds lacking or wanting of such thrust will be disqualified. Each entry must clearly show the issues being addressed by the MDGs.

  • It is encouraged that filmmakers tackle MDGs that the Philippines is slow or least likely to achieve like MDG 2 and 5.
  • To help filmmakers in the development of their projects, a series of orientations and consultation meetings will be done in selected cities and venues around the country within April and May, 2009. Participants may also request the organizers for a briefing/consultation meetings. There must be at least 20 interested participants to these briefings to maximize the time of the organizers. Letters of request must be sent through email addressed to The Coordinator at chi.vallido@gmail.com. Meeting/venue cost will be covered by the organizers at a modest location.

  • Members of the Cine-Indie for MGD committee are disqualified from joining the competition.

  • Interested participants may submit a maximum of two entries, but only one entry per proponent may be considered as a finalist/winner.

  • All works must be strictly independent works and not produced by commercial producers, to guarantee the participants’ creative control over the film. Works must be within 5 to 25 minutes long. Any entry under or beyond the length requirement would be disqualified.

  • All works must have their premiere screening at the Cine-Indie for MGD Festival.

  • Works faithful to the theme of the competition which have already been completed or currently in production phase are still qualified for as long as these have not been commercially shown or have been entered in any competition.

  • The organizing committee has the right to disqualify any proponent who pulls out an entry.

  • Proponents of the winning entries must attend a meeting and briefing with the organizers. The organizers will cover cost of travel for provincial winners.

  • All entries must be in digital video format. Included are 2 DVD copies for screening and archival purposes.

  • Due to copyright laws, music used in any entry must be original, licensed or in public domain.

  • Dialogue should be primarily in Filipino or any vernacular language as appropriate.

  • The organizing committee will undertake the English translation and subtitling of the winning entries.

  • The proponent must assign a single representative to act on his or her behalf for communication purposes and to attend the meetings/briefings.

  • All Mini DV and DVD shipments to the Festival must be prepaid and properly labeled. The Festival cannot accept any collect shipments of any entry.

  • The Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc. reserves the right to show the winning entries within the span of two years to further promote the advocacy of the organization

  • The decision of the Board of Judges is final. The board reserves the right not to give awards in any category should no entry merit it.

  • Lastly, all entries must be made by Filipino filmmakers who have not yet directed more than 2 commercial films.


Interested participants must submit the following requirements on or before midnight of  30 July 2009 at :

The Forum for Family Planning and Development Inc.

Room 305, UP Bahay ng Alumni

Magsaysay Ave. Diliman, Quezon City

  • A 1 page synopsis not more than 350 words

  • The final work in DVD format with the title, production company address, email and contact numbers.

  • A resume/biodata and two (2) recent 2×2 photos of the proponent(s)

  • The board of judges shall determine three (3) winners for each of the short film category by 15 August 2009.

  • All the winners must submit the following by 30 August 2009 for promotional and exhibition purposes:

    • Behind-the-Scenes materials and one-minute trailer in mini DV

    • Major credit title

    • Poster design in CD jpeg format

  • All of the winning entries will be screened during the festival week

  • Filmmakers will also be invited to campus tours and lectures to talk about their films and help raise awareness among students and the community.

  • The winners will receive a cash award, film equipment, trophy and certificates