2017 Metro Manila Film Festival

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2017 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25) to January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)
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).[1]

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.[2]

Launch and reform[edit]

The following was the criteria used in determining the final 8 entries:[3]

  Artistic excellence (40%)
  Commercial appeal or viability (40%)
  Filipino cultural and/or historical value (10%)
  Global appeal (10%)

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.[4]

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.[5][6] 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".[7]

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.[8] The festival committee will now select four scripts and four finished films that will completely make up the Magic 8.[9][10] 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.[3][11] This move was seen as a way to prioritize box-office success over quality films.[12] 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.[13][14] 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.[15][16] Another MMFF Execom member, Ed Lejano, resigned only days after.[17] 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.[18]


Official entries[edit]

The first four films were announced on June 30, 2017[19] , representing the Magic 8, by using the script submission method.[20] [21][19] The last four official entries were announced on November 17, 2017, completing the list of 8 official entries.[22] Of all the 26 submitted entries, 8 were chosen for the said film festival:

Title Starring Studio Director Genre
First batch
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
Second batch
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

Short films[edit]

Aspirant producers had until September 1, 2017 to submit entries for the Short Film category.[23] The eight short film entries were announced on November 2017. Two of the entries were animated films, Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata and Noel.[24]

Title Studio Director
(lit. Shadow)
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
Isang Gabi
(One Night)
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[edit]

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.[25]

Other films reportedly has expressed interest to enter the 2017 MMFF prior to the announcement of the first four official entries:

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[32]
  • Citizen Jake[28][29] 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.[25] Due to issues of corruption within the festival committee, director Mike de Leon decided to cancel his entry for the festival.[33]

Parade of Stars[edit]

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim leading the launching of the event.

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[34][35] on its foundation as a municipality in December 19, 1917.[36]

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.[34]


The Gabi ng Parangal (lit. Awards Night) of the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival was held in December 27, 2017 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.[37][38]

Major awards[edit]

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger). Nominations are also listed if applicable.[37][38]

Best Picture Best Director
  • Ang Larawan – Culturtain Musicat Productionsdouble-dagger
    • Siargao – Ten17 Productions (2nd Best Picture)
    • All of You – Quantum Films, MJM Productions (3rd
      Best Picture)
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Performer Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography Best Production Design
Best Editing Best Sound
  • Mark Locsin, Mikko Quizon, Jason Conanan
    and Kat Salinas  – Siargao
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
Best Visual Effects Best Float
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence
People's Choice Award Special Jury Prize
Children's Choice Award

Other awards[edit]

Short Film category[edit]

  • Best Picture – Anong Nangyari kay Nicanor Dante?
  • People's Choice Award – Noel

Multiple awards[edit]

Awards Film
7 Siargao
6 Ang Larawan
4 Ang Panday
3 All of You
2 Deadma Walking

Box office gross[edit]

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.[39] 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.[40][41]

Official Overall Gross[42]
(December 25, 2017 - 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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Preceded by
2016 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2018 Metro Manila Film Festival