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Feb. 24
, 2023

MMDA Bares Official Entries for First Summer MMFF

The first-ever and most anticipated summer edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) completes its eight official entries from a record high of 33 film submissions, including resubmissions from the December 2022 edition of the film festival.

The members of the Selection Committee chose the Top 8 based on the following criteria: Artistic Excellence (40%), Commercial Appeal (40%), Filipino Cultural Values (10%), and Global Appeal (10%).

The official 8 entries to the 1st Summer MMFF 2022 are:

1. Apag
              Producer: Center Stage Production
              Director: Brillante Mendoza
              Cast: Coco Martin, Lito Lapid, Jaclyn Jose, Gladys Reyes
              Genre: Crime Drama

2. Singlebells
              Producer: Octoberian Films, The Ideafirst Company, Quantum Films
              Director: Fifth Solomon
              Cast: Aljur Abrenica, Alex Gonzaga, Angeline Quinto
              Genre: Romantic Comedy

3. About Us But Not About Us
              Producer: Octoberian Films, The Ideafirst Company, Quantum Films
              Director: Jun Robles Lana
              Cast: Romnick Sarmenta, Elijah Canlas
              Genre: Drama Thriller

4. Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko
              Producer: Saranggola Media Productions, Inc.
              Director: Joven Tan
              Cast: RK Bagatsing, Meg Imperial
              Genre: Musical

5. Unravel: A Swiss Side Love Story
              Producer: MAVX Productions Inc.
              Director: RC Delos Reyes
              Cast: Gerald Anderson, Kylie Padilla
              Genre: Drama

6. Here Comes The Groom
              Producer: Quantum Films, CineKo Productions, Brightlight Productions
              Director: Chris Martinez
              Cast: Enchong Dee, Keempee De Leon, Awra Briguela, Xilohuette, Maris Racal, Kalad Karen
              Genre: Comedy

7. Yung Libro Sa Napanuod Ko
              Producer: Viva Communications, Inc.
              Director: Bela Padilla
              Cast: Yoo Min-Gon, Bela Padilla
              Genre: Romance Drama

8. Love You Long Time
              Producer: Studio Three Sixty Inc.
              Director: JP Habac
              Cast: Carlo Aquino, Eisel Serrano
              Genre: Romance

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and MMFF Concurrent Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes urged moviegoers to support the festival which, like its December edition, would showcase quality Filipino films in a wide array of genre, such as drama, romance, comedy, musical, and thriller.

“We are very proud that these eight official entries that we have selected are all quality films. We are hoping that the first-ever Summer MMFF would also receive the same warm support from moviegoers as the December 2022 MMFF," said Artes.

The MMFF Selection Committee is optimistic that the lineup will encourage the public, especially millennials and Gen Z, to support the film fest despite the Holy Week.

"We believe that we have a very good mix of entries, and it reflects the reality that as many as there are varied interests among moviegoers," MMFF Selection Committee Head Boots Anson-Rodrigo said.

The first Summer MMFF will run for an 11-day period, from April 8 to 18, in all cinemas nationwide in partnership with the Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

The Parade of Stars which is set to be held in Quezon City will take place on April 2 while the Awards Night is scheduled to take place on April 11 in New Frontier Theater.

Organized by the MMDA, the MMFF is primarily to promote and enhance the preservation of Philippine Cinema.

Proceeds from the film fest go to a number of beneficiaries in the film industry including the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., Motion Picture and Anti-Film Piracy Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Optical Media Board.

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MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes and MMFF Selection Committee Head Boots Anson-Rodrigo announced the eight official entries to the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival, which will run in all cinemas nationwide from April 8 to 18. The eight films were selected based on the following criteria: artistic excellence (40%), commercial appeal (40%), Filipino cultural values (10%), and global appeal (10%).

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