2017 Metro Manila Film Festival
|2017 Metro Manila Film Festival|
|Date||December 25, 2017to January 7, 2018|
|Best Picture||Ang Larawan|
|Most awards||Siargao (7)|
The 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is the 43rd edition of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival held in Metro Manila and throughout the Philippines. It is organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine theaters (except IMAX, 4DX, and Christie laser-projection powered theaters).
The festival began with the traditional Parade of Stars (Filipino: Parada ng mga Artista) on December 23, 2017. Unlike the previous editions, which held its parade in Manila, the 2017 parade was held in Muntinlupa to celebrate the centennial of the city's founding as a municipality.
Launch and reform
The 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival was formally launched on March 7, 2017. As part of the launch ceremony, changes to the composition of the MMFF Executive Committee were announced. The changes were made in a bid to include more sectors of the film industry – representatives from the academe, government, media, and private sector professionals.
Among the changes were the removal of Moira Lang and Ed Cabangot, who reportedly favor independent films, and the addition of representatives from theater chains. The best practices from the film entries selection criteria used for the previous edition will be adopted into the selection process of the 2017 edition with MMFF Chairman Thomas Orbos saying that the film festival will feature a film roster that are of "quality and box office potential".
New rules and regulations were introduced in the 2017 edition. This year's edition reintroduced the script submission which was the regulation prior to the 2016 edition. The festival committee will now select four scripts and four finished films that will completely make up the Magic 8. The selection criteria were also revised to reintroduce the controversial "commercial appeal/viability". The MMFF Executive Committee was criticized for these as it was alleged that the reintroduction of these old rules was made to accommodate the big mainstream studios that were mostly left out last year. This move was seen as a way to prioritize box-office success over quality films. After the announcement of the first four official entries from the script submissions, three members of the MMFF Executive Committee, namely, Ricky Lee, Rolando Tolentino and Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, resigned due to failure to continue the reforms that occurred in the 2016 edition. In a joint statement, the three former members stated that they did not agree on the MMFF Execom "putting too much emphasis on commerce over art" and they also explained that the first four entries did not affect their decision to leave as they're planning to leave long before the announcement of these entries. Another MMFF Execom member, Ed Lejano, resigned only days after. The first three resigned members were replaced by Maryo J. de los Reyes, Joy Belmonte-Alimurung and Arnell Ignacio. The remaining fourth slot is kept open for representatives of the independent cinema.
The first four films were announced on June 30, 2017 , representing the Magic 8, by using the script submission method.  The last four official entries were announced on November 17, 2017, completing the list of 8 official entries. Of all the 26 submitted entries, 8 were chosen for the said film festival:
|All of You||Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay||Quantum Films, MJM Productions||Dan Villegas||Romance, Comedy|
|Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad||Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Pia Wurtzbach||Star Cinema, Viva Films||Joyce Bernal||Action, Comedy|
|Meant to Beh||Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta||OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment||Chris Martinez||Family, Comedy|
|Ang Panday||Coco Martin||CCM Productions, Star Cinema, Viva Films||Rodel Nacianceno||Action, Fantasy|
|Deadma Walking||Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman||T-Rex Entertainment||Julius Alfonso||Comedy, Drama, Musical|
|Haunted Forest||Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas||Regal Entertainment||Ian Loreños||Horror, Thriller|
|Ang Larawan||Joanna Ampil, Rachel Alejandro, Paulo Avelino||Culturtain Musicat Productions||Loy Arcenas||Musical|
|Siargao||Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith||Ten17 Productions||Paul Soriano||Romance, Drama|
Aspirant producers had until September 1, 2017 to submit entries for the Short Film category. The eight short film entries were announced on November 2017. Two of the entries were animated films, Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata and Noel.
|Chrox Productions||Malaya Ad Castillo|
|Anong Nangyari kay Nicanor Dante?
(lit. What Happened to Nicanor Dante?)
|EMJEI Films and Photographs||Brian Spencer Reyes|
|Black Market||Lakan Media Creatives||Gio Gonzalves|
|Crab Mental||N/A||Joaquin Bamba|
|Gunita||Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila||Ryceanne Marie Manlulu|
|Lakan Media Creatives||Gio Gonzalves|
|Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata
(lit. We Forgot about the Kids)
|University of the Philippines Film Institute||Gilb Baldoza|
|Noel||Go Motion Productions||Win Gonzales|
Rejected and unsubmitted entries
26 scripts for candidate film entries were submitted to the MMFF Executive Committee. Among these potential entries four films were accepted as the first official four entries. The following films had their scripts submitted to the film festival organizers but their entries were not accepted.
- Ang Bomba ni Ginger Paloma by Antoinette Jadaone
- Buy Bust by Erik Matti
- Deadma Walking by Julius Alfonso (later accepted)
- Ang Larawan by Loy Arcenas (later accepted)
- My Fairy Tail Love Story by Perci Intalan
- Ang Sikreto ng Piso by Perry Escaño
Other films reportedly has expressed interest to enter the 2017 MMFF prior to the announcement of the first four official entries:
- Bagtik by Chito Roño
- Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids by Vincent Soberano
- Smaller and Smaller Circles by Raya Martin
- The Significant Others by Joel Lamangan
- Tuwa, Luha, Saya: Memoirs of Timog by Roderick Lindayag
The following films were reportedly submitted after the first four official entries were announced:
- Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story by Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga
- Citizen Jake by Mike de Leon reportedly attempted to enter the film festival through the script method but it was clarified that the film may be submitted in its finished form at a later date. Due to issues of corruption within the festival committee, director Mike de Leon decided to cancel his entry for the festival.
Parade of Stars
The traditional Parade of Stars which featured floats of the film festival's eight entries took place in Muntinlupa instead of the traditional route on Roxas Boulevard in Manila proper. The organizers made the decision in order to give opportunity to other local government units of Metro Manila to host the customary event. The parade was also done as part of Muntinlupa's centennial on its foundation as a municipality in December 19, 1917.
The route of the parade began south of the city at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex and ended at the Filinvest Event Grounds in the barangay of Alabang. The route's scope included Buendia Street, Centennial Avenue, and the National Road.
Short Film category
- Best Picture – Anong Nangyari kay Nicanor Dante?
- People's Choice Award – Noel
|3||All of You|
Box office gross
A week prior to the start of the Metro Manila Film Festival it was agreed upon that the disclosure of sales record of all 8 entries will be prohibited. The organizers announced that the gross sales of the first and second day has surpassed the figures of the 2015 edition. On January 8, 2017, the MMFF executive committee announced that the total box office gross for all 8 entries surpassed ₱1 billion and decided to extend the screening of MMFF films in select cinemas beyond January 7, 2018.
|#||Gross Ticket Sales|
|1.||Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad||₱ 540 million|
|2.||Ang Panday||₱ 204 million|
|3.||Siargao||₱ 80 million|
|4.||Haunted Forest||₱ 56 million|
|5.||Meant to Beh||₱ 51 million|
|6.||All of You||₱ 34 million|
|7.||Ang Larawan||₱ 29 million|
|8.||Deadma Walking||₱ 26 million|
|₱ 1.02 billion|
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