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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

8 films picked for Metro film festival

Written by bong Entertainment Jun 22, 2011

It’s official – eight entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this year have been selected.

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metro Manila Development Authority, organizer of the annual filmfest, now on its 37th year, listed the eight films as follows:

1. Enteng ng Ina Mo (ABS-CBN Film Productions, M-Zet TV Productions, APT Productions, and Octo Arts),
2. Hototay (Regal Entertainment, SMDC),
3. Mr. Wong (RP Studios),
4. My House Husband (Octo Arts Films),
5. Panday 2 (Imus Productions, GMA Network),
6. Segunda Mano (MJM Productions),
7. Shake, Rattle, and Roll (Regal Entertainment), and
8. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Studio 5).

Tolentino said the entries were chosen based on the following criteria: story, creativity, writing excellence, innovativeness, thematic values and global appeal, 40 per cent; commercial viability, 50 percent; Filipino cultural and/or historical value, 10 percent.

The 37th edition of the MMFF, a two-week festival commencing on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, promises a star-studded line-up of actors and actresses topbilling Tagalog films spanning various genres: romantic comedy, horror, action-fantasy, action-adventure, drama, comedy-fantasy.

Starring in competing entries are the likes of Vic Sotto and Ai Ai de las Alas, Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Robin Padilla, Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes, Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana, Eugene Domingo, Dennis Trillo, among others.

The finalists were chosen from among entries submitted in script form to the 14-member MMFF screening committee, composed of experts representing various disciplines in the movie industry. The committee was chaired by Ma. Cristina Velasco, assistant general manager for planning at the MMDA.

Tolentino said that with the new line-up of film entries, the MMFF is targeting gross sales of P600 millions this year. In 2010, the festival made P540 million.

The MMDA chairman said that the MMFF has so far given away P9.325 million to its various beneficiaries, among them the Movie Workers Welfare Fund (Mowelfund) and the Optical Media Board, among others.

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