- Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) released its eight official movie entries
- MMFF shocked avid movie-goers as films of comedian Vice Ganda and Vic otto are not included in the list
- MMFF released a statement explaining the numerous changes n their entry selection
One of the most awaited movie fest during Christmas season is the annual Metro Manila Film Festivel (MMFF) which showcases movies that are locally made.
Some of the most loved entries by families who have been waiting for the festival are the movies starring Kapamilya comedian Vice Ganda and 'Bossing' Vic Sotto. However, MMFF recently announced their eight official entries, which, shockingly, do not include the movies of the two.
MMFF, on its 42nd year, has made several changes on their movie line up dubbed as a "cinematic revolution" which seeks to show "a festival that celebrates Filipino artistic excellence, promotes audience development and champions the sustainability of the Philippine movie industry" as stated in the release.
The MMFF Committee admitted that there were a lot of changes in their upcoming festival, saying that they want give Filipinos top-caliber creations from the best Filipino film-makers and artists. Stated in MMFF's official statement:
"This year, the Metro Manila Film Festival's Executive Committee introduced a most crucial policy change. Instead of basing the selection process on screenplays, as has been the practice for many years, it now requires the submission of finished movies."
“Our decision to accept films submitted and finished at the picture lock stage is merely a clarification of the rules and NOT a revision."
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“For the information of the public "Picture lock" is defined as a stage in film editing prior to online editing when all changes to the film cut have been done and approved. It is then sent to subsequent stages in the process, such as online editing and audio mixing."
The eight official entries that will be screened in December are "Die Beautiful" directed by Jun Robles Lana, "Kabisera" directed by Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido, "Saving Sally" directed by Avid Liongoren, "Seklusyon" (Reality Entertainment) directed by Erik Matti, "Sunday Beauty Queen" directed by Baby Ruth Villarama, "Vince & Kath & James" (Star Cinema) directed by Ted Boborol, "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough" (Martinez Rivera Films and Quantum Films in association with TBA), and "Oro" directed by Alvin Yapan.