FULL LIST: Best Picture winners, Metro Manila Film Festival (1975 – 2015)

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The Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Metro Manila, Philippines since 1975. It runs from December 25 through New Year’s Day and into the first weekend of January in the following year.

The selection of Best Picture used to have a commercial viability criterion (box-office performance of the entries). It was in 2010 when this criterion was removed. As of the same year, the criteria for the selection of Best Picture(s) are as follows: artistry, creativity and technical excellence, innovation, and thematic value. Entries are also judged for global appeal (70%) and Filipino cultural and/or historical value (30 %).

The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival is currently receiving online flak for disqualifing last December 26 the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer Honor Thy Father which is a major frontrunner in the festival. According to the letter sent by MMFF to the producer of Honor Thy Father, the disqualified is actioned upon due to non-disclosure of the film’s participation in another festival.

The Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc (DGPI) has also demanded fair play and transparency from MMFF as it condemns the move of the executive committee.

Realistically, the Best Picture is deemed as a valuable recognition as it translates to the opening of more cinemas while it gains more attention for bagging the award.

Ever wondered what were the previous films that were awarded Best Picture? Here is the complete list of Best Picture winners of MMFF from recent to oldest:

  • 2015 – “#WalangForever”
  • 2014 – “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
  • 2013 – “10,000 Hours”
  • 2012 – “One More Try”
  • 2011 – “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”
  • 2010 – “Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To!”
  • 2009 – “Ang Panday”
  • 2008 – “Baler”
  • 2007 – “Resiklo”
  • 2006 – “Enteng Kabisote 3: The Legend Goes On and On and On”
  • 2005 – “Blue Moon”
  • 2004 – “Mano Po 3: My Love”
  • 2003 – “Crying Ladies”
  • 2002 – “Mano Po”
  • 2001 – “Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure”
  • 2000 – “Tanging Yaman”
  • 1999 – “Muro Ami”
  • 1998 – “Jose Rizal”
  • 1997 – “Nasaan ang Puso”
  • 1996 – “Magic Temple”
  • 1995 – “Muling Umawit Ang Puso”
  • 1994 – [Not awarded]
  • 1993 – “Kung Mawawala Ka Pa”
  • 1992 – “Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang”
  • 1991 – “Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.”
  • 1990 – “Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina”
  • 1989 – “Imortal”
  • 1988 – “Patrolman”
  • 1987 – “Olongapo, The Great American Dream”
  • 1986 – “Halimaw sa Banga” [only the 3rd Best Picture was announced]
  • 1985 – “Paradise Inn”
  • 1984 – “Bulaklak ng City Jail”
  • 1983 – “Karnal”
  • 1982 – “Himala”
  • 1981 – “Kisapmata”
  • 1980 – “Taga sa Panahon”
  • 1979 – “Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan” tied with “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo”
  • 1978 – “Atsay”
  • 1977 – “Burlesk Queen”
  • 1976 – “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?”
  • 1975 – “Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa”

On December 27, the Best Picture award was given to Walang Forever starring Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales. Honor Thy Father’s Erik Matti won the Best Director award but was a no-show at the event.

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