- The Metro Manila Film Festival started in 1966
- It was put on hold in 1973 during the Martial Law
- The festival happens every Christmas season
Ever since its inception in 1966, the Metro Manila Film Festival has always been synonymous to spectacular Philippine cinematography. This is where film companies, its actors, crew, and filmmakers bring out their best work. All for a 2 week show time done only once a year.
It seems like every Christmas season, the Philippines goes to a standstill for it is only during this period (December 25 to January 7) where the only films showing all across the country are MMFF entries. Tangkilikin ang sariling atin, diba?
In no particular order, the official entries, producers, directors, and actors are:
Produced by: Viva Films and Aliud Entertainment
Directed by: Yam Laranas
Starring: Anne Curtis
“Girl in the Orange Dress”
Produced by: Quantum Films, MJM Productions, and Star Cinema
Directed by: Jay Abello
Starring: Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola
“Fantastica: The Princesses, The Prince and the Perya”
Produced by: ABS-CBN Productions and Viva Fillms
Directed by: Barry Gonzales
Starring: Vice Ganda, Dingdong Dantes, Richard Gutierrez, Maris Racal, and Maymay Entrata
“Jack En Popoy: The Puliscredibles”
Produced by: CCM Films Production, MZET Productions, and APT Entertainment
Directed by: Rodel Nacianceno
Starring: Vic Sotto, Coco Martin, and Maine Mendoza
“Mary, Marry Me"
Produced by: Ten17P
Directed by: Rc delos Reyes
Starring: Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga, and Alex Gonzaga
“One Great Love”
Produced by: Regal Entetainment, Inc
Directed by: Enrico Quizon
Starring: Kim Chiu and Dennis Trillo
Produced by: Horseshoe Studios
Directed by: Jovinor Tan
Starring: John Estrada, Ricci Rivero, and Jerome Ponce
Produced by: Heaven’s Best Entertainment
Directed by: Joel Lamangan
Starring: Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia, and Tony Mabesa
Several netizens voiced their reactions after the announcement.
It is but obvious that fans would endorse their idols and the movies that they are a part of. One fan said about Rainbow’s Sunset, “maraming paluluhain at gigibaing puso toh. iyakan tyak sa sinehan... congrats po sa inyong lahat!”
Cinema Bravo took to Twitter their excitement and the followers could not contain themselves.
Some would only post a simple message
You can be sure that the people behind these entries are currently elbows’ deep in meeting deadlines, plowing through sleepless nights to ensure that their film would garner one or many of the awards the MMFF is known for.
The major players have always been part of the top 8.
It was only in 2016 when an all-indie line up made it to the MMFF.
Will Vice Ganda win this year or will the tandem of Vic, Coco, and Maine win it all? Or do you think another group deserves to win this year?
In a previous report by KAMI, MMFF releases 8 official movie entries (for 2017)
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