The Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 is going digital for the first time, as announced by the executive committee last October 8.
According to committee spokesperson Noel Ferrer, the organizers will be partnered with a “worldwide streaming service,” which has yet to be announced to bring this year’s festival to computer screens within and outside of the country.
It is to adapt to the changing film landscapes caused by the pandemic as major film festivals in the country, like Cinemalaya, and abroad have already shifted to the virtual world.
The executive committee has yet to decide the festival’s opening date. But they are thinking of opening it as early as December 19 and thinking of streaming all the film entries for almost three weeks.
The deadline for the submission of finished film entries has also moved from October 15 to November 15, Sunday, not later than 5 PM, as the MMFF committee acknowledged the challenges and constraints that our filmmakers are facing in creating films due to strict health measures and quarantine lockdown of the government.
MMFF is traditionally held in December, which aims to showcase our Filipino filmmakers’ brilliant works, with no foreign films being shown in cinemas throughout the festival.
Last July 17, MMFF had announced the first four entries that will compete for the highly coveted festival trophies.
The four films are:
1. Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan
Production: Regal Entertainment, Inc.
Lead Actor: Joshua Garcia
Lead Actress: Angie Ferro
Director: Chito Roño
Scriptwriter: Bob Ong
Production: Brightlight Leisure Productions Inc./Gallaga Reyes Films
Genre: Fantasy Adventure Film
Lead Actors: Jun Urbano, Migs Cuaderno, Joshua Eugenio, Jamir Babarte, and Dwight Gaston
Lead Actresses: Bibeth Orteza, Elijah Aleto, Princess Aliyah Rabara, Hailey Mendez, and Kenken Duyad
Director: Christian Acuna
Scriptwriters: Antoinette Jadaone, Irene Villamor, Rod C. Marmol, Pat Apura, and Dwein Baltazar
3. The Super Praybeyt Benjamin
Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc/Viva Communications Inc.
Lead Actor: Vice Ganda
Lead Actress: To be finalized
Scriptwriters: Daisy Cayanan, Dip Mariposque, Jonathan James Albano
Director: To be announced
4. The Exorcism of My Siszums (working title)
Genre: Comedy Horror
Lead Actresses: Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga
Director and Scriptwriter: Fifth Solomon
The other four entries have yet to be announced by the committee which will complete the festival’s Magic 8.
Visit the MMFF Official Facebook Page for more updates and announcements.
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