Join TOFARM Film Festival

The brainchild of Socio-Entrepreneur Dr. Milagros O. How, President and CEO of Universal Harvester, Inc., TOFARM FILM FESTIVAL is the only advocacy-driven film festival in the country today, with entries showcasing the lives, journeys, trials and triumphs of the Filipino farmer. 

 

 

 

INFOMERCIAL CONTEST

 

PRIZES:

                              1st Prize: P120,000

                              2nd Prize: P100,000

                              3rd Prize: P80,000

GUIDELINES:

  • Download the entry form DOWNLOAD page
  • Remember to include the following:
    • Brand and model of camera, phone or tablet used
    • Location where the video was taken
    • Title of the video
    • Name and address of the subject farmer, fisher folk, livestock raiser or other related individuals
    • Indicate if amateur or professional videographer
  • The participant must choose a topic and submit a one to three (1-3) minute screenplay following this year’s theme: “TOFARM: Farmers at Work.”
  • Below are suggested infomercial features in connection with the theme:
    • Using fertilizer products of UHI
    • Farming, fishery and/or livestock best practices
    • Inorganic and organic applications
    • Curing a specific disease or infestation
    • How to improve farmer financial capability
    • Other topics are subject to the organizer’s approval
  • All interested videographers are requested to bring the following requirements to the TOFARM Secretariat Office, 10th floor, Harvester Corporate Center, 158 P. Tuazon, cor. 7th & 8th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City:
    • Duly accomplished TOFARM entry form
    • Synopsis in Filipino or English (1 page, 12 pts font size, Arial, Double Space)
    • Resume of the proponent
  • Upon the organizing committee’s topic and screenplay approval, the committee will signal the proponent to proceed with the development of the video. Please expect the approval on _________.
  • Submit your entry in DVD format on or before January 30, 2016.

 

PHOTO CONTEST

PRIZES

           DSLR Photos                              Non-DSLR 

            1st Prize: P100, 000                   1st Prize: P50, 000 

           2nd Prize: P80, 000                 2nd Prize: P40, 000

            3rd Prize: P60, 000                  3rd Prize: P30, 000

 

GUIDELINES

  1. There will be two (2) categories for the photo contest; DSLR and NON-DSLR.
    DSLR category where only DSLR shot photos are accepted and a specific brand sponsor may award their own best photo; non-DSLR category where photos taken using point-and-shoot cameras, mobile phones, tablet, etc., are accepted and a specific brand sponsor may award their own best photo.
  2. Download the entry form the DOWNLOAD page 
  3. Remember to include the following:
    • Brand and model of camera, phone or tablet used
    • Location where the photo was take.
    • Title of the photo
    • Name and address of the subject farmer, fisher folk, livestock raiser or other related individuals
    • Indicate if amateur or professional videographer
  4. The proponent must submit three (3) photos preferably one (1) serious photo, one (1) funny photo and one (1) selfie as a proof that the proponent took the photos.
  5. The proponent must follow this year’s theme: “TOFARM: Farmers at Work.”
  6. The proponent is requested to give a high resolution in jpeg (300dpi) together with its corresponding RAW file.
  7.  Only minimal editing and modifications such as cropping, brightness and contrast adjustments are allowed.
  8. All interested photographers are requested to pass the following to tofarm.farmeratwork@gmail.com on or before October 16, 2016:
    • Duly accomplished 2016 entry form
    • Resume of the proponent

 

The woman represents Philippine agriculture. She is responsible for the whole nation’s nourishment. She cultivates the land, takes care and harvests the crops and delivers produce to feed Filipino families.

She raises the TOFARM plate to acknowledge and give recognition to the noble champions of agriculture – our farmers.

 

She also leans forward to encourage advancement in agriculture. She uses the film strip as an “alampay.” The beauty and power of cinema is a tool to put a spotlight onto the farmers’ lives – their triumph and tribulations, challenges and success.

 

 
TOFARM FILM FESTIVAL 2018 
Full Length Film
 
TOFARM will be holding its third “TOFARM Film Festival” with the theme “A Tribute to Life: Parating Na” to highlight the aspirations of the Filipino farmers and their journey to success. A total of seven (7) films will be selected by the TOFARM Film Festival Committee and will be given grants for the production. 
 
CALENDAR
April 20          -      Deadline of submission of screenplays for the TOFARM Film Festival. 
May 9              -      Announcement of shortlist 
May 17 & 18   -      Pitching of short-listed scripts
May 23            -     Announcement of winners
Sept 12 - 18    -     Theatrical screenings of TOFARM Film Festival entries
 
 
MECHANICS
1. All who are interested are to submit four copies of the following requirements on or before April 20, 2018, Friday, to the TOFARM Secretariat Office, 10th floor, Harvester Corporate Center, 158 P. Tuazon, corner 7th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City: 
          - Duly-accomplished 2018 TOFARM Film Festival form available at www.TOFARM.org (DOWNLOAD FORM)
          - Synopsis written in Filipino or English (1 page, 12pts font size, Arial, double-spaced) on letter-sized bond paper. The synopsis and screenplay must not contain the name of the writer, which               is to be separately submitted in a sealed envelope, bearing only the marking “Writer of (title of screenplay).” The document carrying the writer’s name must also already include his/her
             resume, and contact details.
          - Full-length screenplay in Filipino (in 12 pts font size, Arial, double-spaced, on letter-sized bond paper), in an envelope, properly labeled with the title of the film entry. 
 
2. Twelve (12) screenplays are to be short-listed from the entire lot of entries, by the Selection Committee. The shortlisted writers/directors/producers will be invited to pitch their entries before the Selection Committee, TOFARM Festival Director, TOFARM Managing Director, and Dr. Milagros How. TOFARM reserves the right to suggest directors for certain scripts.
 
3. The seven (7) Finalists are to be announced in a Press Conference, on May 23, 2018.
 
4. Each of the seven (7) finalists will receive a seed production grant in the amount of PhP 1,500,000.00 to be released in three (3) tranches at PhP 500,000 each. 
 
5. The Director/Producer may solicit additional funds to augment production costs, but TOFARM shall not be liable for reimbursement.
 
6. The Director/Producer of the films must submit the following materials to the Festival committee for promotional and exhibition purposes: 
          - Behind the scenes (BTS) materials;
          - Teaser and trailer of the film, in HD format; 
          - Major credit titles (soft and hard copies) of the film; and 
          - Vertical posters in CD jpeg format.
 
7. The deadline for submission of the completed full-length film, with English subtitles, is on August 17, 2018. Said completed full-length film must be DCP-ready. From submission, it will be transferred to DCP, a process that ideally takes at least a week, care of TOFARM. The KDMs are to be derived from the DCP file. 
 
8. The films and posters will be submitted to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board within the week of September 3-6, 2018. Applications for review of said films and posters need to be made with the MTRCB the week before the review.
 
9. Meanwhile, the Director/Producer of the film
must submit, within reasonable time: 
          - An mp4.H264 version of the completed film, with subtitles, not lower than 6GB;
          - An mp4.H264 version of the completed film not exceeding 4GB, with the watermark violator “For screening purposes only, TOFARM Film Festival”
          - Because the above two versions are what is submitted to international film festivals, failure to submit these requirements may push TOFARM to disinclude submission of the film to said international film festivals.
 
10.   The Film Festival Awarding ceremony will be announced. The following prizes  will be awarded: 
 
Best TOFARM Film 2018                             =                PhP 500,000 + TOFARM Trophy
2nd Best TOFARM Film                               =                PhP 400,000 + TOFARMTrophy
Maryo J. Delos Reyes Special Award      =                PhP 300,000 + TOFARM Trophy
Best Director                                                    =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Actor / Actress                                       =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Supporting Actor / Actress               =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Child Performer                                    =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Screenplay                                               =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Musical Score                                         =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Production Design                               =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Editing                                                      =                TOFARM Trophy
Best Cinematography                                   =                TOFARM Trophy
 
*All seven(7) finalists will be awarded a Plaque of Recognition.
 
 
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. The film shall not be less than 75 minutes. This year’s theme is: “A Tribute to Life: Parating Na”. Story can be original or fiction but must be inspired by true accounts of a farmer, livestock raiser, fisher-folk or other individuals related to agriculture
 
2. The members of the organizing committee and their immediate kin are disqualified from joining the competition. 
 
3. Interested participants may submit a maximum of two (2) entries. However, only one entry per proponent shall be considered as a finalist. 
 
4. All finalists must have their premiere screening during the TOFARM Film Festival. 
 
5. All works must be strictly independent films and not produced by commercial and mainstream producers. 
 
6. Encouraged are different genres: comedy, drama, romance, action, suspense, horror and fantasy or combinations. 
 
7. All entries must be submitted in a data file HD format. 
 
8. TOFARM will shoulder PhP 1,500,000.00 of total production costs for each film. The proponent shall submit duly signed three copies of detailed financial statement/expenses of the grant. Proponents are allowed to solicit from sponsors and donors to augment production budget, provided that said solicitation is plowed back into production costs; provided, further, that said sponsors and donors are not direct competitors of Universal Harvester and/or any of its subsidiaries. 
The solicitation, however, shall be the sole responsibility of the director/producer; TOFARM will not be responsible for any reimbursement.
 
9. Due to copyright laws, the music used in any entry must be original, licensed or public domain. 
 
10. Dialogue should be in Filipino or any Philippine dialect as deemed appropriate. All entries must be subtitled in English upon submission. 
 
11. Ownership of the film rights shall be on a 50% - 50% basis between TOFARM and the director/producer. The same system of sharing will be applied in all ancillary rights and pertinent negotiations, whether the film is sold, rented or leased in the Philippines or abroad. 
 
12. Proponents should assign a single representative to act on behalf of his team. All official communications shall be addressed to the said representative. The TOFARM Festival committee shall not be liable for any controversy regarding the sharing of awards among the members of the team. 
 
13. TOFARM shall ensure the safety of the films throughout the period in which the materials are in its custody. 
 
14. The organizer and its agencies reserve the right to use the entry’s name and/or materials for the purpose of publicity, advertising, and/or promotion without prior compensation or notice. 
 
15. The organizer reserves the right to cancel, change or amend this contest and its Rules and Regulations.
 
16. The decision of the Board of Judges is final. 
 
 
 

 

 

TOFARM FILM FESTIVAL 2018 
Short Film
 

For the third TOFARM Film Festival, Dr. Milagros O. How announces the inclusion of the TOFARM Short Film Competition as part of the continuing effort to highlight the aspirations of Filipino farmers and their journey to success. 

A total of seven (7) short films shot entirely on a cellphone, no less than one minute and no more than 10 minutes each, will be chosen by a selection committee separate and totally independent from the TOFARM Film Festival Selection Committee, to screen along with the seven (7) feature films to be exhibited in the TOFARM Film Festival from Sept. 12-18, 2018

 
CALENDAR
 

July 15 – Aug. 30, 2018

 - Period of submission of finished short films

 - NOTE : Please check submission details in Mechanics, #3.

   

 

September 15, 2018 

- Awards’ Night for the TOFARM Film Festival and the TOFARM Short Film Competition

 
 
MECHANICS
 

1. All interested amateur filmmakers are to e-mail their short films, shot on a cellphone, no less than one (1) minute and no more than ten (10) minutes, along with : 

                -  Duly-accomplished 2018 TOFARM Short Film Competition form available at www.TOFARM.org (DOWNLOAD FORM)

                -  Duly-accomplished form includes signing form attesting to the fact they actually shot using a mobile phone camera.

                -  Synopsis written in Filipino or English (1 page, 12 pts font size, Arial, double-spaced) on letter-sized bond paper.

 
2. Entrant must not have directed a full length feature yet.
 
3. TOFARM will accept entries from July 15 to August 15, 2018, to be submitted as Quicktime h. 264, mpeg4, on either a data disk, flashdisk, to the TOFARM Secretariat Office, 10th floor, Harvester Corporate Center, 158 P. Tuazon, corner 7th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. Entrants may also submit online, with an online link for download, e-mailed to: tofarmphils@gmail.com 
 
4. Seven (7) Short Films are to be short-listed from the entire lot of entries, by a Selection Committee separate and totally independent from the TOFARM Film Festival Selection Committee.   
 
5. The chosen seven (7) Short Film Finalists are to be exhibited in the TOFARM Film Festival from September 12-18, 2018, along with the seven (7) feature films of the TOFARM Film Festival. 
 
6. TOFARM will take care of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board review through collaboration with the Film Development Center of the Philippines. 
 
7. The Short Filmmakers and TOFARM may enter the work in various international short film festivals.
 

8. The TOFARM Film Festival Awarding ceremony will include the announcement of the three (3) winners of the TOFARM Short Film  Festival Competition. 

     The following prizes will be awarded: 

Best TOFARM Short Film 2018           =     PhP 50,000.00+trophy+smartphone+steadicam rig for smartphone

2nd Best TOFARM Short Film 2018   =     PhP 40,000.00+trophy +smartphone+steadicam rig for smartphone

3rd  Best TOFARM Short Film 2018   =     PhP 30,000.00+trophy+smartphone+steadicam rig for smartphone

 
RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
1. All entries must be no less than one (1) minute and no more than ten (10) minutes, at an average of 80mb/minute, for 10 minutes an average of 800mb, maximum of one gigabyte.

2. The theme of the first TOFARM Short Film Competition is “A Slice of Life: Eto Na!” featuring vignettes in the daily lives of a farmer, livestock raiser, fisher-folk or other individuals related to agriculture. 

3. The members of the organizing committee and their immediate kin are disqualified from joining the competition. 

4. Interested participants may submit a maximum of two (2) entries. However, only one entry per proponent shall be considered as a finalist. 

5. All finalists must have their premiere screening during the TOFARM Film Festival. 

6. Works found to be created by professionals but submitted under the names of amateurs bars said professionals and amateurs from future participation and inclusion in TOFARM projects and activities.

7. Different narrative genres shall be encouraged. The challenge will be to present a slice of life, along the lines of comedy, drama, romance, action, suspense, horror and fantasy within the short time allowed.

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

9. Dialogue should be in Filipino or any Philippine dialect as deemed appropriate. All entries must be subtitled in English upon submission. 

10. Finalists will retain ownership of their short films. Winning entries and the Executive Producer of the TOFARM Film Festival may enter into an amicable deal agreed upon by both parties, regarding ownership. The Best Director Award in any other foreign or local short film festival goes solely to the Filmmaker, but a Best Film Award in any such foreign or local short film festival can be shared between Filmmaker and TOFARM.

11. The organizer and its agencies reserve the right to use the entry’s name and/or materials for the purpose of publicity, advertising, and/or promotion without prior compensation or notice. 

12. The organizer reserves the right to cancel, change or amend this contest and its Rules and Regulations. 

13. The decision of the Board of Judges is final. 

 

 

TOFARM FILM FESTIVAL 
Awards Received
 
PAUWI NA
• Golden Goblet Award – 20th Shanghai International Film Festival
• Presidential Jury Award – 15th Gawad Tanglaw (2016)
• Nominated in Asean International Film Festival and Awards 2017 
• Best Supporting Actor - Bembol Roco
• Best Supporting Actress-Cherry Pie Picache 
• Official Entry to CineLokal August 23-29, 2017
• Official Entry for the Nationwide PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO, August 16-22, 2017 
• Nominated in 40th Gawad Urian Awards 2017
- Best Director: Paolo Villaluna 
- Best Actor: Bembol Roco 
- Best Actress: Cherry Pie Picache 
- Best Supporting Actress: Meryll Soriano
- Best Screenplay: Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos 
- Best Editing: Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos
- Best Music: Paolo Villaluna and Pike Ramirez 
• Ani ng Dangal Awardee 2018 by the NCCA
 
PITONG KABANG PALAY
• Best Children’s Film - 15th Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh 
• Golden Owl Award - 22nd Aichi International Women’s Film Festival, Nagoya, Japan.
• Agape Choice Corner - 14th Seoul International Agape Film Festival, South Korea
• Big Wings Corner - 12th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, South Korea
• Official Selection - 13th China International Children’s Film Festival, China
• PMPC Star Awards Nomination for Best Indie Movie Theme Song of the Year ‘Apat Na Buwan’ for Maricel  Cariaga 
• PMPC Star Awards Nomination for Best Child Actor - Alfonso Ynigo Delen
• Indie Bravo Awardee 2017 by the Philippine Daily Inquirer 
• FDCP Film Ambassador 2018 
• Ani ng Dangal Awardee 2018 by the NCCA
 
PAGLIPAY
• Best Director Award - Cultural Diversity Film Festival, Canada 
• World Film Awards - Indonesia - Platinum World Award / Best Film
• International Film Festival For Environment, Health and Culture - Bali Indonesia 
• Best Film / International Awards of Outstanding Excellence
• Official Selection : Asean International Film Festival and Awards
• Official Entry to CineLokal August 23-29, 2017
• Official Entry for the Nationwide PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO, August 16-22, 2017 
• Best Director in 4th Urduja Film Festival Heritage Film Awards 
• Best Heritage Film in 4th Urduja Film Festival.  
• Official Selection, Cinematografo Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Arica Nativa Film Festival 2017
   +11 Nominations in Gawad Urian, including Best Film
   +5 Nominations in The London International Film Festival: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay
• Ani ng Dangal Awardee 2018 by the NCCA
 
HIGH TIDE
• 2018 PMPC Star Awards Nomination - Movie Child Performer of the Year Christine Mary Demaisip (High Tide) 
• Producers Award for Natatanging Pangkalikasan Award for the film High Tide; Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS)
 
INSTALADO
• Winner - Best New Actor McCoy De Leon for PMPC Star Awards 2018

 

ROY IGLESIAS
Writer, Director

 

JAKE TORDESILLAS
GMA Creative Consultant, Scriptwriter

 

ERIK MATTI
Director, Screenwriter, Producer

DR. GRACE JAVIER ALFONSO
Writer, Director, Visual Artist

 

PEQUE GALLAGA
Director, Screenwriter, Production Designer

 

JACLYN JOSE
TV & Film Actress

 

RICKY LEE
Screenwriter, Journalist, Playwright

 

ODYSSEY M. FLORES
Director of Photography

BAKLAD
Topel Lee
Genre: Drama, Dark Comedy

 

HIGH TIDE
Tara Illenberger
Genre: Drama, Adventure

 

INSTALADO
Jason Paul Laxamana
Genre: Social Science Fiction

 

KAMUNGGAY (“Malunggay”)
Victor Acedillo, Jr.
Genre: Comedy, Light Drama

 

SINANDOMENG
Byron Bryant
Genre: Comedy

 

WHAT HOME FEELS LIKE
Joseph Abello
Genre: Domestic, Family drama

COMING SOON