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Brillante on MMFF’s revenue-oriented policy

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Award-winning Filipino independent film director Brillante Mendoza supports the Metro Manila Film Festival’s (MMFF)
revenue-oriented stance.

Brillante Mendoza (Facebook) /mb.com.ph

Brillante Mendoza (Facebook)

“Sa akin kasi, bawat festival may kani-kaniyang mga vision ‘yan. Depende kung ano ang objective ng festival, different film festivals cater to different audiences and have different goals,” Brillante was quoted as saying in an article on GMA News.

He added, “Hindi ko sinasabi na hindi world class ang mga pelikulang pinapanood natin sa MMFF, (pero) ang objective niyan is more to
entertain.”

Just recently, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Tim Orbos made clear their objective and that is to raise funds for their beneficiaries including the Mowel Fund, the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Optical Media Board.

Orbos noted the MMFF “is not an ordinary festival compared to Cannes, or any festival outside (the country).”

The festival made headlines recently with the announcement of the first four films selected as official entries this year namely “Ang Panday,” “Almost Is Not Enough,” “The Revengers,” and “Love Traps #Family Goals.”

Film director Erik Matti criticized the selection in as series of controversial tweets.

“I am not anti-commercial. I am pro-quality. I am not pro-indie. I am anti-corruption,” read one of his posts.

Prior, four MMFF executive committee members resigned including screenwriter Ricky Lee, professor Rolando Tolentino, journalist Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, and filmmaker Ed Lejano, relating in a statement how they didn’t agree with the festival’s emphasis on “commerce over
art.”

Their posts have since been filled by actor-TV host Arnel Ignacio, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and multi-awarded director Maryo J. de los Reyes.

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