The first Summer Metro Manila Film Festival is officially postponed.
This was announced through the MMFF's official Facebook page today, March 12, 2020.
The postponement follows the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte of community quarantine in Metro Manila because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement of MMFF 2020 reads: "In light of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and health emergency, the SUMMER METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL is hereby postponed.
"We'll keep you posted for more updates in the coming days.
The first summer edition of MMFF was supposed to take place from April 11-21, 2020 in cinemas.
Just earlier today, President Duterte announced that Metro Manila is in "community quarantine" from March 15 to April 12.
This means that NCR residents are required to stay indoors and should only leave their houses when necessary.
Last March 2, the Executive Committee announced the eight official entries for the first summer edition of the film festival.
These eight entries of the Summer MMFF 2020 are:
1. A HARD DAY (Viva Films) by Law Fajardo (Stars: Dingdong Dantes, John Arcilla, Janno Gibbs, Al Tantay, and Meg Imperial)
2. TAGPUAN (Alternative Visions) by Mac Alejandre (Stars: Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao)
3. LOVE THE WAY U LIE (Ten17p) by RC Delos Reyes (Stars: Xian Lim, Alex Gonzaga, Kylie Versoza)
4. ISA PANG BAHAGHARI (Heaven’s Best Entertainment) by Joel Lamangan (Stars: Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador, Michael De Mesa, Zanjoe Marudo, Joseph Marco, and Sanya Lopez)
5. THE MISSING (Regal Entertainment) by Easy Ferrer (Stars: Joseph Marco, Ritz Azul, and Miles Ocampo)
6. LOVE OR MONEY (Star Cinema) by Mae Cruz-Alviar (Stars: Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban)
7. NGAYON KAYA (T-Rex Entertainment) by Prime Cruz (Stars: Paulo Avelino and Janine Gutierrez)
8. COMING HOME (Maverick Films, line produced by ALV Films) by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. (Stars: Jinggoy Estrada, Sylvia Sanchez, Martin Del Rosario, Ara Arida, Jake Ejercito, and Edgar Allan Guzman)
MMFF has yet to announce the summer film festival's new date.