2017 Metro Manila Film Festival promises to continue changes from previous year.
Inilunsad noong March 7 ang 2017 Metro Manila
Film Festival o ang annual na pista ng pelikula na nagsisimulang mapanood sa
araw ng kapaskuhan. Naging kontrobersyal ang 2016 MMFF dahil sa drastic change
ng pagpili ng entries na nakasanayan ng commercial movies ang nakakapasok
hanggang sa maging indie themed films ang binigyan ng priority.
Ngayon, siguradong pag-uusapan muli ang
inilabas na mga pangalan na bubuo ng Executive Committee ng MMFF kung saan
kabilang sa listahan si Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares na former head ng Movie
Television Review ang Classification Board at ang Representative ng Lipa at
Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos Recto.
Narito ang buong pahayag ng MMFF.
Film Festival (MMFF) overall chairman Tim Orbos today announced the official
launching of the 43rd filmfest this year, together with the new members of the
concerned legislators and stakeholders of the movie industry for the
substantial changes in the MMFF theme and thrusts last year. “We would
like to thank the people who were part of the major changes that MMFF embarked
in 2016 especially, Congress and the movie industry. Without them we would
never be where we are now. Our moving forward in this new direction is a
tribute to them. This new direction will also be reflected in this year’s
choice of members of the MMFF Execom,” he said.
Orbos, this year’s MMFF Execom members were thoroughly screened and vetted to
get a much wider spectrum and cross cut from the movie industry – different
stakeholders of the industry, academe, government, media, and private sector
professionals. “We need to bring now our quality films to a bigger market. This
is good for the industry, for our movie goers, and to the MMFF
beneficiaries. To assure this objective will be attained, this year's
Execom reflects respected personalities from the film industry,” he said.
appointed members of the MMFF Execom include Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares;
Batangas Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto; Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano
representing the Metro Manila mayors; Police Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of
the Philippine National Police - National Capital Region; Rachel Arenas,
chairperson of the Movie, Television Review and Classification Board; Mary Liza
Diño, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; Wilson
Tieng, president of the Movie Producers and Distributors Association of the
Philippines; Jun Romana of the Bureau of Broadcast Services; Jesse Ejercito of
the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association; Marichu Maceda,
chairperson of the Mowelfund; actress Boots Anson-Rodrigo; Victor Villegas, a
film distributor; Edgar Tejerero, president of the SM Lifestyle Inc.; and
lawyer Rolando Duenas, assistant general manager of the Ayala Cinemas.
used to head the MTRCB while Santos-Recto is a veteran multi-awarded
MMFF Execom are Christina Caparas, general manager of Vista Mall Cinemas;
Evylene Advincula, operations manager of Robinsons Movieworld; movie directors
Jose Romero IV and Mel Chionglo; Rolando Tolentino, representing the academe;
Ed Lejano, executive director of the Quezon City Film Development
Commission; scriptwriter Ricky Lee; journalist and documentary producer Kara
Magsanoc-Alikpala; professor and multimedia practitioner Noel Ferrer; and Chairman
of the Optical Media Board, Atty. Anselmo Adriano.
Orbos said best
practices from last year will be adapted and further improved for a much better
film festival this year. "We owe it to the movie-going public who
untiringly supports the MMFF throughout the years."
He said the
substantial change in the MMFF last year would continue to be the standard this
year, which is to produce quality and commercially-viable movies. "After
the success of the 2016 MMFF where artistic quality became the main focus, this
year’s MMFF would want to move forward with a crop of entries that would
combine quality and box office potential. We will never abandon the artistic
gains we had last year but we need to push forward in this direction,” Orbos