MMFF 2016 lineup announced; Indie films dominate
Image grabbed from MMFF’s Facebook page.
Metro Manila Film Festival comes back better and stronger this year, after the controversies it had faced in 2015. This year, eight official entries will be screened from December 25, 2016 to January 7, 2017.
Unlike the previous MMFF years, there won’t be any entries coming from Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda, whose movies are most-awaited by people who just want to get a good laugh with their friends and families during the Holidays. Instead, dominating the lineup for 2016 are indie films which will probably be giving the audience a breath of fresh air from the usual funny, fantastical storylines.
The change in the genre of the MMFF lineup sparked a discussion in social media from people on both sides. Fans who enjoy the kinds of films screened in the previous MMFFs said that since Christmas is time to enjoy and have fun with the family, it is only right that they get to watch something that is entertaining for them. Indie film aficionados, however, contended that it is time to encourage the people to think – to break the stereotype they have as to what an indie film is.
Here are the official entries for this year’s MMFF:
Directed by: Jun Robles Lana
Starring: Paolo Ballesteros
Directed by: Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido
Starring: Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, Victor Neri, and RJ Agustin.
Directed by: Avid Liongoren.
Starring: Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos
Directed by: Erik Matti
Starring: Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Elora Espano, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte, Lou Veloso, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzma, and JR Versales
Sunday Beauty Queen
Directed by: Baby Ruth Villarama
Starring: Hazel Perdid, Maylyn Jacobo, Cherry Bretania, ad Leo Selomenio
Vince & Kath & James
Directed by: Ted Boborol
Starring: Julia Barreto, Joshua Garcia, and Ronnie Alonte
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever Is not Enough
Directed by: Marlon Rivera
Starring: Eugene Domingo and Christ Martinez
Directed by: Alvin Yapan
Starring: Joem Bascon
What: Metro Manila Film Festival 2016
When: December 25, 2016 to January 7, 2017