'Magic 10' picked for 2006 MMFF

TEN movies have been picked for screening in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), YES! Online has learned.

The MMFF selection committee picked the “Magic 10” out of the original 19 entries that vied for a slot in the forthcoming 32nd edition of the filmfest—an exclusive exhibition of Filipino movies during the Christmas season. The final list reflected an assortment of genres ranging from action, drama, comedy, horror and fantasy.

An official presentation of the successful 2006 filmfest entries is set for November.

A 14-man selection and screening committee, headed by Marikina City training director Julie Borje, presented the official list of movies to Bayani Fernando, chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and overall chair of the MMFF executive committee. Compelling storyline, creativity, innovativeness, thematic values, global appeal, commercial viability and positive Filipino cultural and historical values were some of the criteria for judging.

The MMDA is the agency tasked to supervise in the annual two-week festival that will formally open on Christmas day. It will also organize the “Parade of Stars” wherein the floats of each contender will be toured in select areas in the metropolitan Manila area and other parts of the country. This parade aims to aid in the promotion of all the participating movies.

Aside from the regular awards given such as Best Picture and Best Actor, other MMFF awards include the Most Gender-Sensitive Film and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.

The movies that will be screened in the 2006 MMFF include:

1. Batang Maynila

Genre: action, comedy, suspense
Starring: Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz
Directed by: Cesar Montano
Distributed by: CM Films

2. Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko

Genre: comedy, fantasy
Starring: Vic Sotto and Kristine Hermosa
Directed by: Tony Reyes
Distributed by: OctoArts Films

3. Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo

Genre: romance, comedy
Starring: Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes
Distributed by: Star Cinema


4. Karma

Genre: horror
Starring: Angelica Panganiban, Bianca King, Rafael Rosell, and Gretchen Barretto
Directed by: Joey Reyes
Distributed by: Canary Films

5. Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di (I Love You)

Genre: comedy, drama, romance
Starring: Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Christian Bautista, and Ai Ai de las Alas
Directed by: Jun Lana
Distributed by: Regal Films

6. Shake, Rattle and Roll 8

Genre: comedy, horror
Starring: Keempee de Leon, BJ Forbes and Iza Calzado
Directed by: Mike Tuviera, Quark Henares, and Rahyan Carlos
Distributed by: Regal Films

7. Short Time

Genre: comedy
Starring: Rufa Mae Quinto, Rica Peralejo, and Maui Taylor
Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes
Distributed by: CM Virgin Pictures

8. Super Noypi

Genre: action, adventure
Starring: Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado, John Prats, Sandara Park, Polo Ravales, and Katrina Halili
Directed by: Quark Henares
Distributed by: MAQ Productions

9. Tatlong Baraha

Genre: adventure, fantasy
Starring: Lito Lapid, Mark Lapid, Cindy Kurleto, and Sarah Geronimo
Directed by: Toto Natividad
Distributed by: Violett Films

10. Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh

Genre: adventure, comedy, fantasy
Starring: Zsa Zsa Padilla, Rustom Padilla, Pops Fernandez, and Alfred Vargas
Directed by: Joel Lamangan
Distributed by: Regal Films





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