MNL 143 will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. The said film fest will run from June 20-27, 2012. Directed by Emerson Reyes, MNL 143 became controversial when it was disqualified from the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Direk Emerson pushed through with his original plan to cast Alan Paule and Joy Viado as long lost lovers in his movie. The film will have its first local screening on July 7 at the UP Film Institute in Diliman, Quezon City.