Ipinaliwang ni Sid Lucero ang dahilan kung bakit niya kinailangang mag-back out bilang miyembro ng screening committee na pipili ng 8 official entries ng 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Unang napabalita nitong July na kabilang ang GMA-7 actor sa mga mamimili ng mga pelikula para sa 42nd edition ng MMFF ngunit kamakailan ay pormal nang inanunsyo ang pag-alis nito sa committee.
Ang award-winning actor na si Ping Medina ang pumalit sa posisyon ni Sid sa committee.
Ang ibang members ng MMFF competition committee ay sina: Lawrence Fajardo (writer/ director/ film editor), Mae Paner (actor/film director/ political activist), Atty. Trixie Angeles (conservationist/ legal counsel for the National Commission on Culture and the Arts), Alan Allanigue (station manager of DZRB Radyo ng Bayan), Crispina Belen (veteran journalist), Joy Belmonte (Quezon City Vice-Mayor), at Krip Yuson (writer/poet, inducted to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature).
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Sid sa November 15 press conference para sa pelikulang Toto, sinabi nitong hindi niya mabibigyan ng sapat na panahon ang pagiging miyembro ng screening committee.
Ito ay dahil kailangan niyang pagtuunan ng pansin ang teleserye na ginagawa niya sa Kapuso network, ang Alyas Robin Hood, ngayong nalalapit na ang holiday season.
Buong paliwanag ni Sid, "I had to back out because our producers talked us about having to double time.
"And our Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are gonna be for the show because people are leaving and it's gonna be Christmas time so we have to can.
"And then when I found out about the set-up of how they're gonna be watching, it was not feasible and it's not gonna be fair for me to waste anybody's time or to do my job partially."
Ikinatuwa naman ni Sid na tinanggap ni Ping ang posisyong naiwan niya.
Aniya, "They asked a couple of suggestions and we called all of them and it fell on Ping's [Medina] lap which I'm really happy with because I've known him since I started and I kinda agree with his film sense."
SCREENING PROCESS. Umaasa si Sid na sa susunod na taon ay mabigyan siya muli ng pagkakataon na mapabilang sa screening committee ng Metro Manila Film Festival.
Isa sa mga dahilan na sinabi nito kung bakit nais nitong maging bahagi ng MMFF competition committee ay upang mabigyan ng patas na pagkakataon ang independently produced films na makasali dito. Lalo ngayon na bago na ang patakaran ng MMFF sa pagpili ng mga pelikulang ilalahok sa main competition.
Pagsalaysay pa ng aktor, "One of the main reasons why I embraced the idea of being part of the committee was it's really important, like I said a while ago, about [independent] Filipino films and how it gets across, this is one of them, e.
"Moira [Lang] is now heading it, who's a very big representative of the independent film cinema in the Philippines so yeah, importante itong time na ito and we'll see what happens.
"I heard a lot of people got angry especially the ones who are like the 'sukis' of MMFF but with all the film festivals, it's the biggest and I think it should embrace all kinds of films.
"Plus, the screening process is really different now. You can't just pass a script. It has to be a finished edit at least. Like a 'locked picture' or something like that so you can't base it on the script anymore which is fair."
Sa ngayon, mahigit 20 na ang submitted film entries para sa MMFF 2016 na dapat panoorin ng mga miyembro ng screening committee. Ibinahagi rin ni Sid kung papaano ang magiging proseso sa pagpili ng mga pekikula ngayong taon.
Kuwento ng 35-year-old actor, "Everybody has to go to a certain place and watch about a certain number of films. And then it's scattered through a couple of days within the month. The problem is they can't give us screeners because of piracy and it's part of the deal with the directors that you can't have screeners.
"You have to have people come in and watch it which is cool because everybody's together and then they actually get to deliberate before and after [the movie] so I think I agree with it but schedule-wise it's really difficult."
Nang tanungin naman kung mayroon sana siyang nais mapanood sa mga entries, sagot nito, "No, which is great because I don't have any biases or anything. I had no idea. In fact, when I backed out, they were still inviting me to watch the films but from the list of films that they [presented], I knew some people on those films.
"And I felt that it wouldn't be fair to be watching these films ahead of everybody else when I've already relinquished my position in the committee so I went home."