MMFF 2018 announces first four official entries

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee (MMFF Execom) released on Friday the names of the first four official entries to the MMFF 2018.

MMFF 2018 Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and Vic Sotto
The official entries for the 44th edition of MMFF are as follows:

"Aurora” from Viva Films, starring Anne Curtis; the film is directed by Yam Laranas

“Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince and the Perya” from Viva Films and Star Cinema, starring Vice Ganda, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, and Maymay Entrata; the film is directed by Barry Gonzales

“Girl in the Orange Dress” from Quantum and MJM Films, starring Kim Chui, Jessie Mendiola, Jericho Rosales, Sam Milby, Tom Rodriguez, and Keith Thompson; the film is directed by Jay Abello

"Popoy En Jack: The Puliscredibles” from Mzet, APT and CCM Productions, starring Vic Sotto and Coco Martin; the film is directed by Rodel Nacianceno

MMFF 2018 announces first four official entries
Photo credit: Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official / Facebook

The following criteria were used to evaluate the film entries’ eligibility:
  • 40% artistic excellence
  • 40% commercial appeal
  • 10% promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values
  • 10% global appeal

The titles of the four remaining films to fill the slots are expected to be announced sometime in November, same with previous MMFF.

But while the announcement of the first four entries was met with excitement, some netizens expressed disappointment since Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda are there again, saying the comedians ‘own’ the film competition.

One netizen wrote, “Welcome to VVFF (Vic and Vice Film Festival).”

Many are hoping that the remaining slots in the film festival would include newer artists with fresher concepts so that the competition will be more exciting.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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