Alab: Short Film Competition

Alab calls on aspiring and new film makers to submit short films that dwell on the issues of human rights. The competition looks for films that stimulate passionate discussion about human rights and captures the intensity of these film makers as they view the world with their young eyes. Alab is an attempt to feature short films that can tell stories of people whose freedom and rights are trampled upon and give voice for those who suffer in silence. At the same time, Alab looks for young film makers whose fresh takes and innovative approaches to films will inspire revolutions of the mind and create movements. Alab seeks for new revolutionaries – men and women who dare to use change to incite change. Ten best short films on human rights shall be chosen and will be screened during the Festival Closing and Awards Night on December 10, 2010.


  1. The theme of the ALAB Short Film Competition is human rights. Films are expected to tackle issues and concerns surrounding human rights.
  2. Interested participants may submit as many entries as possible as long as it follows the human rights theme of the competition.
  3. The film submitted must not exceed 15 minutes. Any entry beyond the length requirement would be disqualified.
  4. All entries must be independently produced and not produced by commercial producers. Entries should not have been commercially shown.
  5. All entries must be in digital video format. Participants should submit 2 copies of the film in dvd and in AVI format.
  6. Due to copyright laws, music used in any entry must be original, licensed or in public domain.
  7. Dialogue can either be in Filipino, English or any dialect. For entries in Filipino and native dialect, subtitle must be provided.
  8. All entries must be made by Filipino film makers or aspiring film makers aged 13-35 years old.
  9. All shipment of entries must be paid by the participant. The Festival Committee shall not accept any collect shipments of the entry.
  10. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.
  11. All winning entries will be notified by mail. The Festival Committee shall not shoulder the travel expenses of the winners.
  12. Winning entries shall be screened at the closing of the Festival. Winners shall also be invited to school and media tours to talk about their film and advocacy.
  13. Ten short films shall be selected as winners. Winners will receive cash grants and trophies. Cash grants are as follows:
    Seven Finalists Php 5,000 each
    3rd Place Php 15,000
    2nd Place Php 20,000
    Grand Prize Php 30,000
  14. Winners may authorize a representative if he/she cannot make it to the Award Ceremonies.
  15. Winners must submit the following for promotional purposes: a. publicity poster in jpeg format b. 30 second trailer of the film c. behind-the-scenes material
  16. DAKILA reserves the right to show the winning entries with in the span of two years to promote the advocacy of the organization.
  17. All entries should be submitted on or before November 12, 2010.
  18. All interested participants must submit the following
    • Two copies of the short film in DVD and AVI format properly labeled with the title, name of participant, address, email and contact number.
    • 1 page synopsis of the film
    • Resume or profile of the participant with one 2×2 photo

Deadline of Submission is on November 12, 2010. You may submit your films via mail or in person at the DAKILA Office at Unit 3A VS1 Building, 34 Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Malaya, Quezon City. For more information, you may contact DAKILA at (02) 4354309 or e-mail . Schedule: Deadline of Submission of Entries: 12 November 2010


About Dakila

DAKILA (nobility) - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is a group of artists, students and individuals committed to advocating social consciousness formation through the arts.

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