MMFF 2017 reveals four submitted-script finalists

The 42nd edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is up to new changes with the selection divided into two categories: 4 script submissions and 4 finished films, adding up to a total of 8 official entries to be screened at the festival starting December 25.

Here are the first four official entries selected from the 26 scripts submitted this year.

  • ANG PANDAY by Rodel Nacianceno
    Lead: Coco Martin
  • ALMOST IS NOT ENOUGH by Dan Villegas
    Lead: Jennylyn Mercado & Jericho Rosales
  • THE REVENGERS by Joyce Bernal
    Lead: Vica Ganda, Daniel Padilla & Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
  • LOVE TRAPS #FamilyGoals by Antonio Reyes
    Lead: Vic Sotto & Dawn Zulueta

The criteria in choosing these titles were as follows:

40% artistic excellence
40% commercial appeal
10% promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values
10% global appeal

The remaining 4 slots will be given to selected finished films. Announcement is on November 17.

Interested filmmakers are still encourafed to submit duly accomplished application forms and complete requirements to the MMFF Secretariat until October 2 for early birds, and until October 30 for the regular submission.

For the short film category, 8 short films will be announced on September 29. Deadline of submission is on September 1.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino bares 12 finalists for Aug 16-22 nationwide run

The 12 finalists of the first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino were revealed by the Film Development Council of the Philippines through a press conference over lunch today at Sequioa Hotel.

These local films will be shown in all theaters nationwide from August 16-22.

  1. 100 Tula para kay Stella by Jason Paul Laxamana
  2. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B by Prime Cruz
  3. AWOL by Enzo Williams
  4. Bar Boys by Kip Oebanda
  5. Birdshot by Mikhail Red
  6. Hamog by Ralston Jover
  7. Paglipay by Zig Dulay
  8. Patay Na si Hesus by Victor Villanueva
  9. Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna
  10. Salvage by Sherad Anthony Sanchez
  11. Star Na si Van Damme Stallone by Randolph Longjas
  12. Triptiko by Miguel Franco Michelena​

The selection committee is composed of FDCP CEO & Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra, screenwriter Ricky Lee, Erik Matti, director Jose Javier Reyes, DOP Lee Briones-Meily, Central Digital Lab CEO & President Manet A. Dayrit, film critic Oggs Cruz, and actress Iza Calzado.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a nationwide celebration of Philippine cinema in line with the Buwan ng Wika which will be shown in some 790 cinemas from all over the country.

Tony Stark mentors Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark takes Peter Parker (Tom Holland) under his wing in Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, the new action-adventure that brings Spider-Man of the comic books to the screen alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes for the first time.

Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up the action directly following the epic battle scene of Captain America: Civil War, with Tony Stark returning “underoos” back home to Queens.

“Peter really believes he has a mentor in Tony Stark, and Tony really likes Peter, but he can’t be babysitting this kid,” producer Kevin Feige explains. “Tony gives Peter a little bit of rope to see what he can do on his own.”

Peter believes that his “internship” with Stark Industries is merely a prelude and test toward becoming a full-fledged member of the Avengers – but the spider needs to learn to crawl before it can fly, as Holland explains: “We go back in time to relive the Civil War splash panel fight from Peter’s perspective. We see him having the time of his life. He’s on a private jet with Happy, he’s staying in this crazy beautiful hotel room to suddenly him being crammed on a subway late for school. No one’s called him to give him another mission. That’s the contrast: the kid at summer camp is suddenly the kid back at school.”

“Tony becomes a kind of father figure to Peter,” says Holland. “Peter’s trying to prove himself to Tony that he is old and wise enough to take on bigger tasks, but Tony keeps putting him down and telling him he isn’t ready yet. I think that’s what really drives Peter to possibly go down the wrong path, before he figures it out and we see why Peter Parker is the most beloved and powerful super hero of the MCU.”

And Iron Man himself vouches for the casting of Peter. “Tom Holland is just the perfect man for the job,” says Downey. “He’s enthusiastic, bright and gifted, a very physically talented guy by virtue of his dance and acrobatic background. He has just the right combination of elements required to bring a new take on the character.”

“The energy of Tom Holland meeting Robert Downey Jr. for the first time was exactly what we wanted out of Peter Parker meeting Tony Stark,” says Kevin Feige. “The audition scene was the bedroom scene in Captain America: Civil War, and so we wanted to continue that relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark that we set up in the film.”

In Spider-Man: Homecoming (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, July 6), thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. His moment has arrived as he is challenged to become the hero he is meant to be.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Sarah Lahbati, Shy Carlos face demons in ‘Ang Pagsanib kay Leah dela Cruz’

Kamikaze Pictures, a joint venture between VIVA Films and Reality Entertainment, proudly present Sarah Lahbati and Shy Carlos in leading roles in the haunting movie coming out this June, produced by the award-winning director Erik Matti, and directed by Katski Flores.

“Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz” shows Sarah as Ruth, a reclusive police officer who moves into the hometown of a seemingly innocent young girl that is Leah, played by Shy Carlos.  Ruth is still reeling from the death of her younger brother when she witnesses Leah jump out of a balcony.  Gabriel, Leah’s childhood friend, begs Ruth for help, prompting the latter to join the investigation.

Naturally, there are suspicions as to why Leah committed such act.  Blame is put on two people.  One is Rosario, a loyal maid to the Dela Cruz household who loves Leah as her own.  She has a strong belief in superstitions.  The other is Sister Eloiza, a school guidance counselor who once belonged to a cult but became a confidant to Leah.

As Leah’s odd behavior escalates, so does the friction between her parents Oscar and Marite.  Oscar is a kind and loving father, but a domineering husband, while Marite has been an object of rumors in their small town.

Holding a secret that should be a big help to the investigation is Father Lucas, the local parish priest, but something is keeping him mum about it.  The investigation takes a darker turn when Leah’s possession is revealed and sinister connections between the people closest to her come bubbling to the surface.  Worse, the devil’s influence becomes widespread.

While this is Sarah and Shy’s first movie collaboration, this is not their first time to star in a horror movie.  Shy was seen in Chain Mail in 2015, while Sarah was seen in a 2010 supernatural film from another movie outfit.   

Prince of the Dance Floor Julian Trono playing as Gabriel, Jim Paredes as Father Lucas, and respected theater actors in supporting roles make this movie even more exciting.

From the creators of the blockbuster movie, Seklusyon, “Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz” is now showing in Philippine cinemas as distributed by VIVA Films.

WATCH: Jackman, Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya in ‘The Greatest Showman’ teaser

Prep up for the most wonderful time at the movies as 20th Century Fox teases with the initial trailer of “The Greatest Showman” starring an exciting cast of performers led by Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum rose from nothing to create the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the movie celebrates of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe.

“The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with powerful original music and songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”).

Opening on January 24, 2018, “The Greatest Showman” is from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. in the Philippines.