November 9, 2015
MMFF Announces New Wave Finalists
This year’s New Wave Section of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) boasts of a hodgepodge of talents—tapping the services of veteran actors as well as new comers in the independent film industry.
After two weeks of thorough selection process, the heads of the committees of the MMFF’s New Wave Section have trimmed down the entries to just 15, or five finalists each category—Full Feature, Animation and Short Films.
Spearheaded by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Emerson Carlos, who serves also concurrent MMFF Overall head, the 15 indie films will be unveiled during the screening on December 17 to December 24 at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall and Robinsons Place Manila.
“We will continuously support the New Wave Section of the MMFF to give budding film makers a venue for their creativity and showcase their talents,” Carlos said.
The five Full Feature finalists are ‘Mandirigma’ written and directed by journalist-turned filmmaker Arlyn dela Cruz; ‘Toto’ starring veteran actors Bembol Roco and Bibeth Orteza and directed by John Paul Su; ‘ARI : My Life with a King’ by Carlo Encisco; ‘Turo-Turo’ by Ray An Dulay; and King Palisoc’s ‘Tandem’, which stars actor JM de Guzman and Rochelle Pangilinan of the defunct all-girl dance group Sexbomb.
‘Ding Mangasyas (Tough Guys)’ directed by Justine Emmanuel Dizon, ‘Lapis’ by Cariaga, ‘MUMU’ by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon, ‘Momento’ by Jan-Kyle Nieva , and ‘Daisy’ by Bryan Reyes, meanwhile, all made the cut into the Short Film category.
The five Animation finalists are Johanna Kaye Boncodin’s ‘8’, ‘Marvino’s’ League of Superheroes’ directed by Ja Marti Escandor, ‘GEO’ by John Aurthur Mercader , ‘Little Lights’ by Rivelle Mallari, and ‘Buttons’ by Marvel Obemio, Francis Ramirez, and Jared Garcia.
HOOQ, an online entertainment service, will be presenting the winners during the MMFF Awards Night slated on December 27, 2015 at the KIA Theater in Quezon City.
Full Feature finalists were completed from 2014 onwards. The Best Picture will receive a P300,000 cash prize and a ‘Special Jury’ prize of P200,000 cash.
The Best Picture for Short Films, on the other hand, will get P100,000 plus P50,000 for the Special Jury Prize.
The winner of the Best Picture in the Animation category will take home P100,000 cash prize and P50,000 Special Jury Prize.
The New Wave Section was introduced into the MMFF by then Overall Chairman Francis Tolentino in 2010 to serve as platform for aspiring student and indie film enthusiasts.