THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
The Metro Manila Film Festival which goes digital this year is extremely excited to announce its final line-up with a wide mix of genres for the global audience to enjoy in December.
Instead of the usual eight entries, the MMFF 2020 will showcase a diverse line-up of 10 movies, ranging from family drama, horror, action, thriller, romance, fantasy adventure to romantic comedy.
The 10 official entries are:
- Magikland, a fantasy adventure film– directed by Christian Acuña, starring Miggs Cuaderno, Elijah Aleto, Joshua Eugenio, Princess Aliyah Rabara, and all-star supporting actors
- Coming Home, a family drama film- directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., starring Jinggoy Estrada, Sylvia Sanchez, Martin Del Rosario, Edgar Allan Guzman, Vin Abrenica, etc.
- The Missing, a horror film- directed by Easy Ferrer, starring Ritz Azul, Joseph Marco, and Miles Ocampo
- Tagpuan, a romance film – directed by Mac Alejandre, starring Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, and Shaina Magdayao
- Isa Pang Bahaghari, a family drama film- directed by Joel Lamangan, starring Superstar Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador, Michael De Mesa, Zanjoe Marrudo, Joseph Marco, Sanya Lopez, etc.
- Suarez, the Healing Priest, a biopic film- directed by Joven Tan, starring John Arcilla, with Alice Dixson, Rosanna Roces, Rita Avila, and more
- Mang Kepweng, Ang Lihim ng Bandang Itim, a comedy film- directed by Topel Lee, starring Vhong Navarro, with Benjie Paras, Ritz Azul, Ryan Bang, Ion Perez, etc
- Pakboys Takusa, a comedy film- directed by Al Tantay, starring Andrew E, Janno Gibbs, Jerald Napoles and Dennis Padilla
- The Boy Foretold by the Stars, a romantic comedy film- directed by Dolly Dulu, starring Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson
- Fan Girl, a drama film, coming of age – directed by Antoinette Jadaone, starring Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino
The entries were chosen based on the following criteria: Artistic Excellence – 40%; Commercial Appeal – 40%; Filipino Sensibility – 10% and Global Appeal – 10%.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concurrent MMFF Chairman Danilo Lim urged Filipino families to support this year’s film festival that would allow them to bond over the Christmas holidays by watching the movies together at home.
“Christmas won’t be complete without the MMFF which has been part of the Filipinos’ tradition. We may not enjoy films traditionally in cinemas because of the restrictions brought by the coronavirus disease pandemic but that will not stop us from bringing cheer to the Filipino families through the MMFF,” said Lim.
In partnership with Globe, Upstream and GMovies, this year’s MMFF makes use of the digital platform to bring Filipino films to the global audience. All 10 official entries will be streamed online beginning December 25, Christmas Day.
“MMFF 2020 will not be limited to Filipinos residing in the country but will allow overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to enjoy the festival on a legitimate platform, anywhere they are in the world. We are grateful to our partners for making the MMFF 2020 possible. We urge everyone to support the film festival,” said Lim.
In compliance with the health and safety protocols for COVID-19, regular activities such as Parade of Stars and the Gabi ng Parangal will also be streamed online.
The MMFF is an annual event held every Christmas organized primarily to promote and enhance the preservation of the Philippine cinema. Proceeds from the film festival go to a number of beneficiaries in the film industry..
ARE we ready to experience this kind of new normal while waiting for the vaccines to be ready in our happy places, watching these 10 entries?
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