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MMFF 2017 names 1st four entries

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The Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee (MMFF Execom) , upon the recommendation of its Selection Committee, has announced the first 4 official entries to the MMFF 2017 based on the script submission.

Coco Martin (left) and Vic Sotto (mb.com.ph)

Coco Martin (left) and Vic Sotto (

The MMFF Execom said the following entries have been thoroughly evaluated by the body’s selection panel.

“ANG PANDAY”
Director: Rodel Nacianceno
Producer: CCM Creative Productions, Inc.
Lead Actor: Coco Martin

“ALMOST IS NOT ENOUGH”
Director: Dan Villegas
Producers: Quantum & Mjm Productions
Lead Actors: Jennylyn Mercado & Jericho Rosales

“THE REVENGERS”
Director: Joyce A. Bernal
Producers: Star Cinema & Viva Films
Lead Actors: Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla & Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

“LOVE TRAPS #Family Goals”
Director: Antonio Y. Reyes
Producer: Octo Arts Films
Lead Actors: Vic Sotto & Dawn Zulueta

With the push for artistic excellence that began in 2016, the MMFF this year under the helm of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim received a very encouraging and diverse roster of 26 film-entries that already crossed the so-called commercial-indie divide.

“Our selection committee had a difficult time choosing given the quality of films. We have to thank them for their exhaustive and thorough deliberations,” MMFF Executive Committee Chairman Tim Orbos said.

“We also have to give credit to this year’s Rules Committee which devised the two-part selection process that gave a greater latitude to interested participants for this year,” Orbos said, referring to the new vetting scheme that was initially applied this year to assure that no discrimination will arise amongst commercial and the so-called “indie” films.

The film entries this year were evaluated based on the following criteria: 40% artistic excellence; 40% commercial appeal; 10% promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values & 10% global appeal.

The next phase for the Full Length Feature category will be the finished film submission. The films with the duly accomplished application forms and complete requirements can be submitted to the MMFF Secretariat until October 2 for early birds, and until October 30 for the regular submission.

The remaining 4 slots as official entries shall be selected from all the submitted finished films to complete the eight (8) official entries to the 2017 MMFF which will be announced on November 17.

The deadline for the Short Film category, on the other hand, will be on September 1, while the announcement for the eight official Short Film entries is on Sept. 29.

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  • NotAminion

    Last year’s mmff was the best in terms
    of progress and positive change for philippine entertainment industry. I dont understand why we are regressing again. Is it because the mainstream and big movie productions are that powerful? This is a symptom why no matter how some
    People try, our country will always remain a 3rd world. We want change but then we are afraid to commit to the progress. It seems out
    Of the 4 entries. Only the jennelyn and jericho flick is a real small production. Is coco martin production really his? Or funded by star cinema but just under his name so they can have more entries at mmff? Knowing how pinoys do business, We need to look closely into this. They can just give him huge chunk of money as “salary” and then he can channel it to “produce” his movie. Govenment should see to it that it is not the case. We dont want monopoly in entertainment industry. Mixing indie and mainstream is dangerous. Look at last year. The commercial winner is still star cinema because of their big marketing budget. Nothing agains big film makers. It is just thay they have the rest of the year to make money out of brainwashed filipinos . So why not give the christmas time to indie low budget film makers. How do we promote new and diverse high quality film makers with low budget if we let them go head to head with big machinery. Mmff is giving ar