Vic Sotto is not giving up on making films for the Metro Manila Film Festival.
He will do so, even with the radical changes in this year's MMFF, where most of the eight official entries are indie films, while commercial and big-budgeted movies failed to make the cut.
Vic’s Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, Vice Ganda’s The Super Parental Guardians, and Mother Lily Monteverde's Mano Po 7: Chinoy were all expected to be box-office giants at this year's December festival—but they were not among the Magic 8.
The Magic 8 was chosen by the MMFF Selection Committee.
As a result, these three movies will be shown at an earlier date.
Vic and Vice Ganda's movies will open in cinemas on November 30, while Mano Po will open in cinemas on December 14.
At the press conference for his movie, Vic did not hide his disappointment over his film not being chosen.
For at least a decade, Vic’s films have been constant staples in MMFF, an all-Pinoy-films festival.
Amidst these developments, Vic announced he intends to try again next year.
“Depende sa mga rules nila. Nung una kasi, after the Congressional hearing, they decided on this, na parang they’d rather go for the indie films."
The Congressional meetings Vic was referring to were those conducted early this year to look into complaints, mainly from Reality Films' Dondon Monteverde and Erik Matti, that the 2015 MMFF had not been fair and impartial.
“So nung una, sabi ko sa mga partner ko, ‘Di muna ako gagawa kasi hindi ako sanay na gagawa ng indie film.’
"And mas gusto ko it’s a personal choice na gumawa ng pelikulang magugustuhan ng buong pamilya, lalo na ng mga bata,” Vic said during the Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers presscon held at Annabel’s Restaurant, Tomas Morato, last November 24.
Initially, the Eat Bulaga host thought that despite the major changes in MMFF mechanics, his movie would still be included among the entries.
“Medyo nagkaroon ng pagbabago ng hangin. Ang pagkakaintindi namin is hahatiin na lang [ang entries].
"Kalahati mainstream, kalahati indie.”
(Incidentally, this is the same formula that Lily Yu Monteverde announced in her own press conference for her movie, Mano Po 7.)
Vic went on to explain that, first of all, he did not like categorizing movies into indie or mainstream.
“Basta lahat yan, puro pelikula. Kanya-kanya tayong taste. Eto gusto ko, wala akong pakialam sa gusto mo.”
He and his team eventually decided to complete the making of Enteng Kabisote 10.
The star-producer explained, “Siyempre, pag Enteng Kabisote, yung mga pelikulang ginagawa namin before, we make sure malinis ang gawa.
“Maybe, sa ibang tao wala sa kalidad nila yon, pero taste nila yon. Ito taste namin pagdating sa pelikula.
“We make sure it’s for the whole family.
“We make sure the photography would be nice, kaaya-aya sa mga manonood. Halos dalawang oras panonoorin 'yan, e kailangan maganda ang view, maganda ang nakikita mo, 'tapos maayos ang acting, mapa-comedy man o hindi.
“Kahit ano’ng ginagawa, kailangan malinis. Pulido ang gawa.”
Of the 2017 MMFF, Vic said: “For next year, we’ll see how it goes.
"Baka naman sabihin nila puro indie pa rin [ang makakasali], then we’ll try again next year... year [after that].”