Every year on the 25th of Christmas, the Filipino family enjoys their Christmas day going on picnics, outings and some will just go to the mall to eat and watch a movie. It has been a tradition in the Philippines to stop the showing of all foreign films and pave way to the Metro manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Here are the list of entries submitted for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival:
1. “El Presidente” and “Ben Tumbling“
2. Unitel‘s “Lola Basyang“
3. GMA Films’ “Coño Problems” starring Aljur Abrenica, Solenn Heussaff, Isabella Daza and Mikael Daez
4. A film from Star Cinema starring Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino
5. “One More Try” starring Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes, and Angel Locsin
6. Octoarts‘ “Si Agimat, Si Enteng and Me” starring Bong Revilla, Vic Sotto and Judy Ann Santos
7. Quantum Films’ “The Strangers” starring Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, and Enchong Dee
8. “Tuhog” starring Eugene Domingo and Joey de Leon
9. Dante Mendoza and Solar‘s “Sa ‘Yo ang Sinapupunan” starring Nora Aunor
10. Deus Lux Mea Films‘ “My Prince Charming” starring Iza Calzado and Mario Maurer
11. “Death March” starring Cesar Montano and Jason Abalos
12. Regal Entertainment’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll 14” starring Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, and Vhong Navarro
The MMFF Screening Committee will then be selecting the final entries to compete on this year’s MMFF. The official entries to the MMFF, that runs every year from Dec. 25 to the first week of January, will be announced on June 30. The scope of the MMFF has been widened when MMDA Chairman Francis Toletino included independent films also called “indie“ films and student short film category where short movies created by students were featured.
The Metro Manila Film Festival started last 1975. It became an annual tradition, 8 Filipino Films are shown from December 25 till the first week of January. During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the MMFF will be shown.
The festival highlight is the parade of floats and the awards night. The parade of floats of the movies is done before the 25th and the awards night is usually done 3 days after the first day of showing.