For the 42nd edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival, there were 27 submissions vying to be included in the Magic 8.
Of these 27 submissions, two of them are documentaries while 25 are full-length feature films.
However, one of the submissions was reportedly disqualified because it already had its premiere in the Philippines.
This Friday, November 18, the MMFF Executive Committee will announce the eight chosen entries that will be screened during the annual film festival starting Christmas Day.
Instead of accepting screenplays just like in the past, the Exe Com asked producers to submit finished films for consideration to the MMFF.
This year, the competition committee used the following criteria in selecting the Magic 8:
Story, audience appeal, overall impact -- 40 %
Cinematic attributes or technical excellence -- 40 %
Global appeal --10 %
Filipino sensibility -- 10 %
Based on information gathered by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), these were the 27 films submitted for consideration to MMFF 2016:
In alphabetical order (according to film title):
1. Across the Crescent Moon
2. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2
3. Die Beautiful
4. Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers
5. Extra Service
6. Fallen Not Forgotten
8. Hiwaga: Ang Paglalakbay sa Liwanag ng Buhay
10. Kita Kita
11. Lady Fish
12. Mang Kepweng Returns
13. Mano Po 7: Chinoy
14. Moonlight Over Baler
15. Nothing But the Bests
18. Saving Sally
20. Sunday Beauty Queen
21. Super Parental Guardians (previously known as Pak Ganern, Go!)
23. Tatlong Bibe
26. Vince, Kath and James
The film 1-2-3 produced by Artikulo Uno was submitted to MMFF 2016 and reviewed by the Competition Committee a few days ago.
However, the organizers found out that 1-2-3 premiered in Cinemalaya 2016. The movie, which was written and directed by Carlo Obispo, served as the opening film of the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last August.
A consultation was made with the Exe Com and the majority opted for disqualification due to a violation of the rules citing that the MMFF should be the venue for the Philippine premiere of entries.
The letter to the producer indicating its disqualification was sent last November 9.
The movie 1-2-3 depicts how a young boy from a fishing village searched for his sister who is locked up in a brothel. Therese Malvar, Barbara Miguel, Carlos Dala, Sue Prado, and Patricia Javier were cast as stars of this film.
Most of the films for consideration were already revealed in an article published on PEP last November 1.
The PEP report indicated the directors, the producers and the stars of the movies hoping to be included in the film fest that will run from December 25, 2016 to January 8, 2017.
(Read: Unofficial list: Films aiming to be MMFF 2016 entries)
One of the submissions not mentioned previously was Triptiko. Kylie Padilla and Kean Cipriano topbill this movie, which also features Albie Casino and Joseph Marco. Written and directed by Miguel Franco Michelena, it is produced by Michelena Brothers Production.
Nothing But The Bests (sic), one of the submissions also not reported previously, is a romantic comedy directed by Roadfill of Moymoy Palaboy fame. The film stars Phoebe Walker, John Feir, Jeri Vega Oro (of Pilipinas Got Talent fame) and Gepoy Tauson (of That’s My Bae). It is produced by Idol Tap Productions.
The socio-political film Oro starring Joem Bascon is also in the running for this year's MMFF.
Another potential entry is Hiwaga: Ang Paglalakbay sa Liwanag ng Buhay. The film stars John Mc Earl, Jiane Abalos, Anne Catherine Arizapa, Mekaela Flores, Joshua Clemente, Althea Oredina, Tricia Pacao, and Sharaine Parce under the direction of RCA (screen name).
Star Cinema fielded three possible entries this year.
These are 1) Super Parental Guardians (which had the working title Pak Ganern, Go!), 2) Extra Service, and 3) Vince, Kath and James.
Vice Ganda and Coco Martin topbill Super Parental Guardians while Extra Service stars Coleen Garcia, Arci Munoz, Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon, Vin Abrenica, and Enzo Pineda.
Its entry Vince, Kath and James is based on the viral love story between a college beauty queen and a varsity player. Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte and Maris Racal topbill this movie directed by Theodore Boborol.
PEPsters, which entries do you think will be chosen for MMFF 2016?