- The 10 official entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival have been named already
- Unlike the previous edition, there will be no Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, and Coco Martin in the official line-up
- The film that made it to the final cut are in various genres such as drama and comedy
- Artistic excellence and commercial appeal are among the criteria for choosing the official entries
The 10 official entries to this year’s much-awaited Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) have been announced to the public already.
KAMI learned that the movies that made it to the final cut are in various genres that range from thriller, family drama, action, horror, romance, fantasy adventure to romantic comedy.
Unlike the previous edition of the said festival, celebrities such as Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, and Coco Martin are not part of any film that made it to the official line-up.
Here are the 10 movies that people can watch in December:
1. Isa Pang Bahaghari
This entry will showcase the acting prowess of Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador, Michael de Mesa, Sanya Lopez, Joseph Marco, and Zanjoe Marudo.
It is directed by Joel Lamangan.
2. Coming Home
This drama movie will star Sylvia Sanchez, Jinggoy Estrada, Edgar Allan Guzman, Martin del Rosario, and Vin Abrenica.
The director of this entry is Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.
Four of the country’s most acclaimed comedians will helm this film. Andrew E., Jerald Napoles, Janno Gibbs, and Dennis Padilla will try to make the audience laugh come Christmas season.
Al Tantay also serves as the director of the said comedy movie.
4. The Boy Foretold by the Stars
Actors Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson will star in this romantic comedy film directed by Dolly Dulu.
One of the entries in MMFF 2020 will feature the acting skills of Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas, and Shaina Magdayao. Mac Alejandre serves as the director.
6. The Missing
This horror movie will star Miles Ocampo, Joseph Marco, and Ritz Azul. It is directed by Easy Ferrer.
7. Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim
Vhong Navarro’s much-awaited comedy movie is one of those that made it to the official line-up. He will be joined by Ryan Bang, Ritz Azul, Benjie Paras, and Ion Perez.
The movie is directed by Topel Lee.
8. Suarez, The Healing Priest
John Arcilla will serve as the lead actor in this biofilm. It will also showcase the talents of Alice Dixson, Rosanna Roces, and Rita Avila. Joven Tan is the director of this entry.
Miggs Cuaderno, Elijah Alejo, Joshua Eugenio, Princess Aliyah Rabara will portray the lead characters in this adventure-fantasy movie that is directed by Christian Acuña.
10. Fan Girl
A coming-of-age movie starring Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon. Antoinette Jadaone serves as the director of this film.
The abovementioned movies were chosen by the committee based on Artistic Excellence (40%), Commercial Appeal (40%), Filipino Sensibility (10%), and Global Appeal (10%).
Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual competition of original Pinoy movies. It was supposed to hold its first summer edition this year but it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few months ago, it was announced that Vice Ganda’s “Praybeyt Benjamin 3” was among the first 4 official entries in this year’s competition.
During the 2019 edition of MMFF, the film of Aga Muhlach entitled “Miracle in Cell No. 7” outshone the film of Vice in terms of box-office earnings.
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