The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival held in 2012 became the highest earning MMFF to date with 767 million pesos, 21% higher than that of 2011. On a speech by Chairman Francis Tolentino of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or MMDA, announcement was held on the creation of a new category, "Animation" under the "New Wave" will be launched on this year. He stated, "...With the growing talent of pool animators both locally and abroad, it is high time that we recognize and showcase their potential to a broader audience...". The Animahenasyon: Philippine Animation Festival will feature 5 animated films acts as Prelude to be shown in theater 1 week ahead of the mainstream films. In line with the move, the MMFF has partnered with the Animation Council of the Philippines, the country’s lead organization in the promotion of the animation industry development. But in the press conference held on the announcement of 8 official entries, Chairman Tolentino announced that the animation category will have to be postponed until the next festival. He also announced the creation of the MMFF Review Committee which will assess and improve the rules, regulations, and implementing programs of the film festival.
On 18 June 2013, the eight official entries were announced by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino namely 10,000 Hours, Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy, Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel, Pagpag, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, My Super Kap, and My Little Bossings. Due to technical difficulties and other external factors, some entries dropped out of the competition, in which the MMDA committee pick from other entries, which failed to be shortlisted, to replace the withdrawn entry. Here are the 8 official entries as of 22 November 2013.
My Super Kap was withdrawn from the official list on 24 July 2013. Bong Revilla mentioned the conflicting schedules of the two of his cast members, Toni Gonzaga and Ai-Ai delas Alas as a reason for a foreseen delay of the film's special effects.
Kulay Abo ang Langit was voted by the MMFF Screening Committee as replacement for My Super Kap on 2 August 2013. The film, which is technically No. 9 in the 15-picture line-up of MMFF finalists, has been retitled Pinoy Mutant Warriors by its producers. But due to significant changes from the original submitted film, Pinoy Mutant Warriors was not accepted.
Boy Golden was picked as 7th official entry, replacing the withdrawn entry My Super Kap as well as rejected entry, Kulay Abo ang Langit.
Be Careful with My Heart: The Movie was withdrawn from the official list on 12 September 2013. Tight schedule of the cast and crew of Be Careful with My Heart on shooting the ongoing series has been stated as the main reason.
Kaleidoscope World was announced as the 8th official entry to the film festival on 25 September 2013, replacing Be Careful with My Heart.
On 27 December 2013, the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night was held at Meralco Theater in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. The awards night was aired on TV5.