Reel Filipina: A CNN Philippines Digital Shorts Competition Mechanics

Reel Filipina Year 2 Sign-up form:

Who can join?

•Amateur and professional filmmakers

•Filipino, residing in the Philippines

•18 years old and above


Entry guidelines:

•Film entries should revolve around this year’s International Women’s Month message which is, “A challenged world is an alert world”. Stories should tell how we, on our ways, can be part of the #ChoosetoChallenge campaign.

•Film entries should not contain violence, nudity, sex, drug use, foul words, blood, or any obscenity.

•Each entry should have at least a total running time of two minutes, and not more than four minutes, including closing credits.

•Use of any visual materials, script, storyline, scoring, and other musical elements that are copyrighted will not be allowed. CNN Philippines will not be liable to any legal infringement or copyright violations.

•Entries must be MPEG, MP4, MOV, or M2TS formats. The video size should be 1920 x 1080. The maximum file size is 2 GB.

•Materials should be uploaded via and the download link will be required in the submission form.

•English subtitle is required.

•Videos which have been previously published, recorded, or released in any part of the world and those which have been commissioned by any third party shall not be eligible as entries. The appearance of participants’ name, school logo, name of the university, or any product/brand name as a material or content in the video is disallowed.

•Registration and submission of entries is only through

•Deadline of submission is on March 19, 2021, 11:59:59 PM.

•Participants should only have one entry in the competition.

•CNN Philippines reserves the right to disqualify entries that are not in line with the contest mechanics and company rules and regulations.

•By submitting an entry, the participant:

- Represents and warrants that the participant owns or controls the rights granted herein; is free to grant the rights granted herein, and no other permissions are required to enable the free use of the material submitted and that CNN Philippines’s exploitation of the material submitted shall not infringe any copyright, moral right, or other rights of any person, provided, that proper attribution shall be made for the material submitted.

- Agrees to grant CNN Philippines the unconditional, unrestricted, irrevocable right, without obligation, unless prohibited by law, to use the contents of the material without compensation, for the purpose of promotion, advertising, and publicizing all matters related to the REEL FILIPINA DIGITAL SHORTS COMPETITION and CNN PHILIPPINES WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION, in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity and throughout the universe.

- Agrees to indemnify and waives, releases, and forever discharges CNN Philippines, its shareholders, directors, officers, and employees from and against any and all claims, liability, damage, loss, or injury which may result from any legal infringement or copyright violations that occur during, arise out of, or result from the material submitted.


Screening of entries and online voting:

•All entries that will be shortlisted by a panel of esteemed judges are referred to as FINALISTS.

•The finalists will be posted on and on the CNN Philippines Kumu channel on March 20, 2021, 12:01:01 PM.

•Official voting period will be from March 22 to 24, 2021, 11:59:59PM at and on CNN Philippines Kumu channel.

•People’s Choice Award and Kumunity Choice Award will be given to the film/s that will garner the most number of total votes each on the CNN Philippines website and CNN Philippines Kumu channel, respectively.


Announcement of winners:

•Official announcement of winners (Top 10 Films, Grand Winner, People’s Choice Award, and Kumunity Choice Award) will be held during Friday Night Live: A Woman’s Month Special on March 26, 2021. The Top 10 Finalists’ entries will be aired on CNN Philippines thereafter.