Wenn Deramas asks the public to grade BFF

Wenn Deramas initially felt bad when he learned that his latest dramedy BFF (Best Friends Forever) was not given a grade by the Cinema Evaluation Board. However, he says that the laughter and joy that he gives to moviegoers is priceless.

Sharon Cuneta and Ai-Ai delas Alas showed a different sideof themselves in the Star Cinema movie BFF (Best Friends Forever). TheMegastar poked fun at her weight and had no qualms about appearing indeglamorized and hilarious scenes. Meanwhile, Ai-Ai showed that she coulddeliver dramatic lines in key moments between her and her BFF.

Right after the screening of the film, PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) was able to talk with director Wenn Deramas but insteadof being elated about the outcome of the film, he was a bit disappointed aboutthe news he heard about his new project.

That afternoon, they submitted their movie to the Cinema Evaluation Board butthey were surprised to learn that the Board did not give a grade to the film.

When asked why the CEB did not issue a grade for the film, Direk Wenn respondedby saying, "Hindi ko na alam, hindi kona inalam. Para sa akin, sana malaking tulong iyon para sa pelikulang Pilipinona iilan na lang iyung gumagawa tapos parang ganun pa na imbis na suportahan.Lahat naman ng pelikula ko may grade na B...okay lang naman iyon."

Given the fact that the CEB did not grade his film, Direk Wenn that it is nowup to the public to judge his comedy film, which is now being shown in cinemasnationwide.

"First time ko nakaexperience ngganun...yung hindi n'yo pagbotohan. Kumbaga sa grading system e, hindipinag-aksayahan [ng panahon]. Kaya nga kanina, naririnig ko sigaw ng tao, tuwang tao, hindi mo naman mapapalitan iyon, e. Ni hindi mo mababayaran iyong tuwana nabigay mo sa kanila, kaya, bahala na ang tao na mag-judge."

The CEB is the government agency in charge of giving grades to submittedfilms to see if they are eligible to receive amusement tax exemptions. A graded"A" film is entitled to 100 percent tax exemption while a grade "B" film isentitled to 65 percent tax exemption.

Does he regret not being given the chance to receive tax exemptions because theCEB did not grade his film?

"Iyon na nga e, gusto ko bang isipin na ganun, na kung kikita iyung pelikulasana may, may kalahating makukuha pa iyong producer. Ewan ko, hindi ko alamkung ano ang dapat isipin kasi nangyari lang iyan kaninang hapon [May 12].Nagpeprepare ka for premiere night, ginawa mo iyong pelikula para umabot saplaydate, inaasahan ng marami kahit gipit sa panahon pinilit mong maging okay...Tapos iyong konting incentive lang, di ba? Hindi ko naman sinasabi na purihinn'yo iyung pelikula pero wag niyo namang bastusin. Parang nabastos. Pakiramdamko lang," says Direk Wenn.

RARE OCCURRENCE. PEP got in touch with Cinema Evaluation Board headChristine Dayrit but she explained that she did not attend the screening of BFFyesterday.

"I had to inhibit myself from the screening because we own (my brother Mark isPresident) of Golds Gym Alabang where some scenes were filmed. Delicadeza nalang. I did not view the film. The collated CEB review comments are with theFDCP [Film Development Council of the Philippines] office and will be madeavailable to the producer," says Ms. Dayrit. "Nagulat nga ako na walang gradeang film. It's very rare."

When PEP talked with committee head Boom Tenorio earlier today, May 15, hedeclined to give the reason why the CEB members decided not to give a grade tothe Star Cinema film. "They [producers] have to know first the comments of theboard. Our staff is compiling the comments already and they will give thecollated comments to the producer."


Mr. Tenorio then revealed that around 15 members of theCinema Evaluation Board attended the screening and that just last month, theyalso opted not to give a grade to another film.

The Movie and TelevisionReview and Classification Board has given BFF (Best Friends Forever) arating of PG-13.

Direk Wenn said that he already expected this rating. "Talagang from the verystart alam namin iyun pelikula PG 13 talaga because of the tema na kabit,asawa, ganyan. Nakita n'yo naman siguro iyung effort ko para maging wholesomeyung hindi wholesome."

BFF (Best Friends Forever) is currently being screened in cinemasnationwide.

Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema





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