MANILA – The selection committee of last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has announced the eight official entries which will participate in its first-ever summer edition to kick off this April.
Unlike the annual MFFF, the films will be shown in theaters nationwide for a shorter 11-day run.
Below is the complete list of films which have made the cut:
"A Hard Day" (Viva Communications, Inc.)
Directed by Lawrence Fajardo
Lead star: Dingdong Dantes
"Tagpuan" (Alternative Vision Cinema)
Directed by McArthur Alejandre
Lead stars: Alfred Vargas, Shaina Magdayao and Iza Calzado
"Love The Way Ü Lie" (Tincan, Ten17P and Viva Films)
Directed by RC Delos Reyes
Lead stars: Xian Lim and Alex Gonzaga
"Isang Pang Bahaghari" (Heaven’s Best Entertainment)
Directed by Joel C. Lamangan
Lead stars: Philip Salvador and Nora Aunor
"Love or Money" (ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.)
Directed by Mae Czarina Cruz-Alviar
Lead stars: Coco Martin and Angelica Panganiban
"Coming Home" (Maverick Films)
Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Lead stars: Jinggoy Estrada, Martin Del Rosario, Edgar Allan Guzman, Vin Abrenica, Sylvia Sanchez, Ara Arida, Shaira Diaz and Samantha Lopez
"Ngayon Kaya" (T-Rex Entertainment Production, Inc.)
Directed by Prime Cruz
Lead stars: Paulo Avelino, John James Uy, Alwyn Uytingco, Janine Gutierrez, Rio Locsin, Donna Cariaga
"The Missing" (Regal Entertainment, Inc.)
Directed by Easy Ferrer
Lead stars: Joseph Marco and Ritz Azul
The Metro Manila Summer Film Festival was proposed by Senator Bong Go, one of the newest members of the MMFF Executive Committee.
In an interview last December, Go told reporters that having a second MMFF in a year will ideally provide promising entries with more chances of being shown in cinemas.
"Iyong mga hindi po napasok dito [MMFF 2019], may pagkakataon kayo sa summer festival," he promised.
The MMFF is traditionally held once a year, from December 25 to the first week of January. During the period, only the chosen MMFF entries are allowed to be shown in local cinemas.