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Joey Reyes, MJ Felipe, Antoinette Jadaone, industry people weigh in on the cold first-day reception of MMFF 2021

The 47th MMFF opened on December 25, Christmas Day, and remains in cinemas until January 7, 2022. Previously, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opted to hold the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) via streaming platforms.

On December 25, Jose Javier ‘Joey’ Reyes, MJ Felipe, Antoinette Jadaone, and other showbiz industry people weighed in on the cold first-day reception of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2021.

First off, Felipe shared reasons why MMFF 2021 had a low turn-out based on people’s sentiments on the ground.



According to the reporter, people are looking for child-friendly and fun movies for MMFF. He added that families prefer to bond during Christmas Day rather than watch movies with seats apart and no food in the cinemas. He then pointed out the expensive cost of the movie ticket.

Director Joey Reyes, a juror for MMFF 2021, shared a photo by MJ Felipe with his thoughts on why people prefer to stay at home rather than go out and watch movies. 

Reyes echoed people’s sentiments on Felipe’s post, such as the expensive ticket was too expensive, food accommodations, the drawback of social distancing to family bonding.

Director Reyes then noted to accept the reality of the situation. Then, to adjust and advance. 

Director Antoinette Jadaone agreed with the screenwriter Hyro Aguinaldo on the lack of promotions from the MMFF governing board, citing her experience 

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Director Rod Singh expressed her disappointment over the lack of support from Filipinos for the local movies, citing the netizens who bombarded the internet with demands for Spiderman: No Way Home.

Producer Jerome Vargas agreed with Felipe’s tweet, criticizing the expensive ticket price for the movie.

Award-winning Poet Jerry Gracio, on the other hand, posted a screenshot of Noel Ferrer’s Facebook post giving a counter-argument to Felipe’s tweet.

Gracio cited Ferrer’s comparison for the opening day of MMFF 2021 versus the opening of Marvel’s The Eternals.

Ferrer, who was also a jury for the festival, defended the efforts of the MMFF committee to revitalize Philippine Cinema amid the pandemic.



The 47th MMFF opened on December 25, Christmas Day, and remains in cinemas until January 7, 2022. Previously, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opted to hold the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) via streaming platforms.

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