- A multi-awarded Filipino movie failed to make it to this year’s MMFF
- The screening committee allegedly had tension in choosing the final slot of the Magic 8
- The said Filipino movie that almost made it already gained recognitions in Spain and Korea
An international award-winning Filipino film did not make it to the eight qualified entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival which will begin on December 25.
KAMI learned that the movie, “Alpha: The Right to Kill” was not chosen to be part of the prestigious film competition despite bagging several awards in film festivals abroad.
According to the report from PEP.ph, the screening committee of MMFF had a difficulty in choosing the last film that will be including in the Magic 8.
The final slot was allegedly contested by Otlum of Director Joven Tan and Alpha: The Right to Kill of Director Brillante Mendoza.
Recently, it was announced that Otlum, which features youngsters Ricci Rivero and Jerome Ponce, becomes an official entry in the MMFF 2018 which made the other film ousted in the contest.
The deliberation was rumored to consume a lot of time and even delayed the announcement of official entries because of the two movies.
It was also reported that there was a tension among jurors that caused other members of the screening committee to raise their voices.
In a previous article by KAMI, the names of the eight qualified entries to this year’s MMFF were revealed.
Alpha: The Right to Kill, which features Allen Dizon, Baron Geisler, and Elijah Filamor, won the Special Jury Prize in the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.
The film was also invited to participate in the 23rd Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
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