38th Metro Manila Film Festival

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2012 Metro Manila Film Festival
38th Metro Manila Film Festival Logo.jpg
Date December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25) to January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Official website website
Best Picture One More Try
Most awards El Presidente and Thy Womb (7)
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The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is a part of the annual film festival in Metro Manila, Philippines held from December 25, 2012 until January 8, 2013. During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine theaters in order to showcase locally produced films.


In the last week of May 2012, film producers and companies already submitted their scripts in participation with the festival. However, it will still be reviewed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to sort out entries. Of the fifteen film entries submitted, eight were chosen as the official entries. Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang was one of the eight entries chosen, but the producer sent a letter to MMDA to pull-out from the film festival. On October 19, 2012 it was replaced by Nora Aunor's Thy Womb.[1]

Here are the eight official entries:[2]

Official Entries[edit]

The eight films with the highest lobbying placement fee paid were chosen to be the official entries.[3][4]

Title Starring Studio Director Genre Reference
El Presidente E.R. Ejercito and Cristine Reyes Scenema Concept International,
CMB Films, and
VIVA Films
Mark Meilly Action/Historical drama/ Thriller [5][6]
One More Try Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, and Zanjoe Marudo Star Cinema Ruel S. Bayani Drama [7][8]
Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 Vhong Navarro, Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Mart Escudero, Janice de Belen, Herbert Bautista Regal Films Chito S. Roño Horror Suspense [3]
Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako Vic Sotto, Bong Revilla, Jr. and Judy Ann Santos Octoarts Films,
M-Zet Productions,
Imus Productions,
APT Entertainment, and
GMA Films
Tony Reyes Fantasy/Comedy/Action [9]
Sisterakas Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Vice Ganda, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Xyriel Manabat Star Cinema and
Viva Films
Wenn V. Deramas Comedy [10][11]
Sosy Problems Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King, Benjamin Alves, Mikael Daez and Aljur Abrenica GMA Films Andoy Ranay Comedy [12][13]
The Strangers Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, JM De Guzman and Enchong Dee Quantum Films,
MJM Productions
Lawrence Fajardo Horror [14]
Thy Womb Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral Centerstage Productions Brillante Mendoza Drama [4][15]

New Wave feature films[edit]

The year 2010 marked a new era for the MMFF when it hosted the "Tribute to Independent Cinema", a non-competitive event for the Independent genre, which the Festival later called New Wave. Five independent films were screened in Robinson's Theater as a prelude to the MMFF opening on December 25, 2010.

By 2011, MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino, inspired by the continued popularity of independent films in the country and expressing his support to the genre, announced the addition of the New Wave Section to widen the scope of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

This year, the MMFF will continue the tradition of supporting independent films through a bigger, better and bolder New Wave Section.

  • Ad Ignorantiam - by Armando Y. Lao
  • Gayak - by Ronaldo Bertubin
  • In Nomine Matris - by Mr. Will Fredo
  • Paglaya sa Tanikala - by Michael Angelo Dagnñalan
  • The Grave Bandits - by Tyrone Acierto


The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night was held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas Center, Pasig City on December 27, 2012.[16]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[17]

Major Awards[edit]

Brillante Mendoza, Best Director winner
Dingdong Dantes, Best Actor winner
Nora Aunor, Best Actress winner and Female Star of the Night
Cesar Montano, Best Supporting Actor winner
Apl.de.ap, Best Original Theme Song performer (with Jamir Garcia)
Joseph Estrada, Male Star of the Night
Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Performer Best Original Story
Best Screenplay Best Production Design
Best Editing Best Musical Score
Best Sound Recording Best Original Theme Song
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up
  • Warren Munar, Benny Batoctoy and Virgina Apolinario - El Presidente
Best Cinematography Best Float
Most Gender- Sensitivity Film Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence

New Wave category[edit]

Best New Wave Full-Length Film Special Jury Prize
  • The Grave Bandits - Tyrone Acierto
  • Ad Ignorantiam - Quantum Films
Best New Wave Actor Best New Wave Actress
  • Allan Paule - Gayak
  • Liza Dino - In Nomine Matris
Gender Sensitivity Award Best New Wave Director Award
  • In Nomine Matris - Mr. Will Fredo
  • Tyrone Ancierto - The Grave Bandits
Short Film Category
Best Student's Short Film Award Most Gender Sensitive Award
Special Jury Prize

1st CinePhone Film Festival[edit]

Luzon Visayas
  • The Boy, the Girl and the Traffic Man - Ateneo de Davao University
  • Bulgaran sa Daan - Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International High School

Special awards[edit]

Youth Choice Award for Best Film El Presidente
Female Star of the Night Nora Aunor
Male Star of the Night Joseph Estrada
SMDC Female Celebrity of the Night Bianca King
SMDC Male Celebrity of the Night Zanjoe Marudo
Youth Choice Award for Best Film El Presidente

Multiple awards[edit]

Box Office gross[edit]

2012 Metro Manila Film Festival
(December 25, 2012 - January 8, 2013)[18]
Rank Movie Gross
One More Try
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako
Shake, Rattle & Roll 14
The Strangers
El Presidente
Sosy Problems
Thy Womb

note: MMFF Films's gross are just partial within December 25, 2011 - January 8, 2012 period only.


  1. ^ 'Thy Womb' replaces 'Lola Basyang' as MMFF 2012 official entry Reyn's Room. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  2. ^ 2012 MMFF Official Entries Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 06-17-2012.
  3. ^ a b 2012 MMFF Possible Entries Pinoy Pundit. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b 14 Scripts beat MMFF deadline Manila Bulettin Online. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  5. ^ Nora Aunor starts filming El presidente ABS-CBN News. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  6. ^ EL Presidente starts filming Manila Bulletin. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  7. ^ Dingdong Dantes plays most daring role in One More Try PUSH. Retrieved June 1, 2012
  8. ^ One More Try Movie for MMFF 2012 Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  9. ^ Vic Sotto- Bong Revilla- Judy Ann Santos movie Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  10. ^ Vice-Kris Movie Vice Ganda Web. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  11. ^ Kris-Vice Team up for MMFF this 2012 ABS-CBN Entertainment News. Retrieved 06-17-2012
  12. ^ Cono Problems for MMFF Philippine Star. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  13. ^ Conyo Problems "in" for MMFF 2012 The Philippine Star. Retrieved 06-17-2012.
  14. ^ Julia Montes to do a horror movie Rod Magaru Website. Retrieved June 14, 2012
  15. ^ "'Thy Womb' gets last-minute slot in MMFF". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "MMFF 2012 Winners". Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://noypistuff.blogspot.com/2012/12/38th-metro-manila-film-festival-mmff.html
  18. ^ "Sisterakas tops 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival box-office". January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2013 Metro Manila Film Festival