EXPECT A DIFFERENT Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this 2016 as the final list of entries does not include big names and old franchises from big film outfits.
The Metro Manila Development Authority, which handles the annual film festival released the official list of eight full-length movies and eight short films on Friday, November 18, at Club Filipino. The official entries were chosen based on the following criteria: story, audience appeal and overall impact (40%); cinematic attributes or technical expertise (40%); global appeal (10%); and Filipino sensibility (10%), the festival organizers said.
MMFF 2016 runs from December 25 for two weeks until January 7, 2017. During the festivals, no other films will be shown in theaters nationwide. Prior to its grand opening on Christmas Day is the annual MMFF parade slated on December 23. Closing the festival is the awards night scheduled on January 8.
We would do our best to be your guide during this year’s film fest as we try to watch and review all the movies on this blog. But for now, here’s the trailers of full-length and short films for you to choose which films to see first.
Full-length films include ‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough’, ‘Saving Sally’, ‘Die Beautiful’, ‘Kabisera’, ‘Oro’, ‘Seklusyon’, ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’, and ‘Vince & Kath & James.’
Short film entries are ‘Birds’ by Christian Paulo Lat, ‘EJK’ by Bor Ocampo, ‘Manila Screen’ by Roque Lee & Blair Camilo, ‘Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad’ by Jarell Serencio, ‘Mitatang’ by Argin Jezer Gagui, ‘Momo’ by Avid Liongoren, ‘Passage of Life’ by Renz Vincemark Cruz & Hannah, and ‘Sitsiritsit’ by Brian Spencer Reyes.
1.) Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough
Director: Marlon Rivera
Starring: Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano, Khalil Ramos, and Cai Cortez
2.) Die Beautiful
Director: Jun Robles Lana
Starring: Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes, Luis Alandy, Albie Casiño, Iza Calzado
Directors: Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido
Starring: Ms. Nora Aunor , Ricky Davao, ,JC De Vera,Luis Alandy, Jason Abalos,RJ Agustin
Director: Alvin Yapan
Starring: Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, and Joem Bascom
*As of this posting, we cannot find a trailer for ‘Oro’ yet. We will update this post once Oro’s trailer is out. Update: November 29: ORO’s trailer is now up.
5.) Saving Sally
Director: Avid Liongoren
Starring: Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos
Director: Erik Matti
Starring: Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Elora Espano, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte, Lou Veloso, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzman, JR Versales
7.) Sunday Beauty Queen
Director: Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez
Starring: Hazel Perdido, Cherrie Mae Bretana, Mylyn Jacobo, Leo Selomenio, Rudelyn Acosta
8.) Vince & Kath & James
Director: Ted Boborol
Starring: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte
Which films will you see first? Share with us your views in the comments. Watch out for our takes on the films in our series of MMFF 2016 Movie Reviews on this link that will be posted starting December 25. Let us compare notes, okay.
Read also: MMFF 2015 Movie Reviews