GMA Films

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GMA Network Films, Inc.
Industry Motion picture
Film distribution
Founded Quezon City, Philippines (1995; 21 years ago (1995))
Headquarters Quezon City, Philippines
Key people
Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. (Chairman)
Atty. Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar (President)
Jose Mari Abacan
Products films
home videos
Owner Felipe Gozon
Number of employees
140 (in 2006)
Parent GMA Network Inc.

GMA Network Films, Inc. (formerly Cinemax Films, commonly known simply as GMA Films) is a film production company and a film studio established in 1995 by GMA Network Inc. in the Philippines.

Its movie productions have become both critical acclaim and commercial successes, among which are Jose Rizal, Muro Ami and Deathrow.



GMA tested the movie waters by co-producing films with Viva Films. Among the movies that were co-produced were "Ober da Bakod the Movie", "Kalabog en Bosyo", "Forever" and "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko". Although not credited in the opening and closing credits of the movies, the network's logo appeared in the aforementioned movies' posters in theaters and newspaper ads.


First founded in 1995 under the supervision of Jimmy Duavit and Butch Jimenez, GMA Films released certain films from 1995 to 1998 under its former title "Cinemax Films", starting with "Run Barbi Run". After its initial production, a co-production arrangement with Octo Arts Films was made where Octo Arts would produce and distribute the movies in theaters nationwide while Cinemax (through its mother network GMA-7) will handle publicity and promotions for TV and radio. GMA Network holds the airing rights for the said movies. In 1998, it changed its name to GMA Films after international movie channel HBO created a separate movie channel called "Cinemax". The same year, GMA received critical and commercial success for the following movies it produced, "Sa Pusod ng Dagat" and "Jose Rizal", both directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya. In 1999, it also produced "Muro-Ami" and in 2000, "Deathrow".

When Felipe Gozon took over GMA Network, the film production outfit of GMA Network was placed on hiatus for about 5 years.

2005 onwards[edit]

After almost five years of hibernating, the film outfit made a comeback in 2005 with the romantic movie Let the Love Begin, which became the highest-grossing Valentine film in the Philippines on its release that year.

It later released other films that also became hits in the Philippine Box-office.

In 2007, the award-winning film Ouija co-produced with Viva Films was supposed to be its first film to be released internationally. However, the scheduled overseas premieres in four U.S. cities (Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego) were cancelled. Only the one in New Jersey pushed through.[1] The movie is titled Seance internationally.


From then on, all films were only released nationwide while selected films had selected screenings in key points worldwide such as When I Met U, starring Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion had various international screenings and You to Me Are Everything, starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes had a New Jersey showing in 2010 and its recent film to be released at least within US borders was In Your Eyes, starring Claudine Barretto, Richard Gutierrez and Anne Curtis, had an international screening in notable cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego.


In September 2011, there are speculations going around as to whether the upcoming film, The Road, will be released internationally as the director Yam Laranas has expressed for the film to be released worldwide and he himself said that he will help finance the release worldwide.[2]

GMA Films logo used from September 2011 to May 2014.


On January 24, 2012, it was announced by GMA Films Producer Joey Abacan that The Road will be screened in cinemas in the U.S. and Canada. This marks the first time GMA Films premiered one of its films without any negotiations with co-produced because The Road is solely produced by GMA Films. It is scheduled to have a U.S. and Canada theatrical release on May 11, 2012.[3]

2012 is the year that GMA Films has produced eight films in a year, the most it has ever done since its very start. This was part of GMA Films' resolution to produce one film per month. Even though that did not happen, they managed to produce eight films.

Legal Battles[edit]

In a 13-page decision penned by Associate Justice Stephen C. Cruz dated April 30, 2012, the Special Thirteenth Division of the CA reversed and set aside the Regional Trial Court's (RTC) dismissal of the case owing to Honrado's violation of a TV Rights Agreement with GMA Films.

In December 1998, GMA Films entered into an agreement with Honrado covering thirty-six (36) films, which the latter offered for telecast. The agreement states that the program titles are subject to the approval of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB); and in the event of disapproval, a censored title must be replaced by the licensor with a new title acceptable to both parties, or a proportionate amount shall be deducted or refunded from the total price.

In May 2003, GMA Films filed a complaint for payment and damages against Honrado with the RTC for his refusal to refund the payment for the movies "Evangeline Katorse" and "Bubot."

The former was initially rejected by GMA Films so Honrado attempted to replace it with the movie "Winasak na Pangarap." However, the replacement, being a bold film, was also deemed unacceptable for airing.

GMA Films also contended that only P500,000 went to the owner of the movie "Bubot" out of the P1.25 million paid by GMA Films to Honrado.

GMA Films therefore demanded that Honrado return the total amount of P2 million representing the P1.25 million it paid for the movie "Evangeline Katorse" and P750,000 as balance from the amount Honrado received for the film "Bubot."

The CA ruled that GMA Films is within its rights as a licensee to demand a suitable replacement for the movie "Evangeline Katorse" based on the express terms of the contract. After the film "Winasak na Pangarap" was not accepted by GMA Films as a suitable replacement for "Evangeline Katorse," Honrado had the duty to either find another title acceptable to both parties, or to return the money paid by GMA Films in the amount of P1.25 million.

According to the Court, Honrado, not being the owner but only the licensor of the film "Bubot," is not entitled to any commission and has no right to retain any amount in excess of what was paid to the movie owner. The CA likewise said that the RTC erred in awarding Honrado attorney's fees amounting to P100,000 as GMA Films "was merely forced to protect its rights and interest under a valid contract and to rectify a wrong done upon it."

The Court awarded GMA Films P2 million plus interest and damages.

List of GMA Films theatrical feature films[edit]


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Ober da Bakod: The Movie (with VIVA Films) Ariel Ureta June 22 Janno Gibbs, Anjo Yllana, Gelli de Belen, Donita Rose Comedy
Forever (with VIVA Films) Rowell Santiago September 28 Aga Muhlach, Mikee Cojuangco Romance Drama


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Bagong Bayani Jose Lacaba Amable Aguiluz 1995 Helen Gamboa, Dennis Marasigan Drama
Run Barbi Run (with Moviestars Productions) Tony Gloria, Uro dela Cruz Tony Y. Reyes 1995 Joey De Leon, Maricel Laxa, The Eraserheads Comedy


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Ober da Bakod 2: D' Treasure Adventure (with VIVA Films) Ariel Ureta 1996 Janno Gibbs, Anjo Yllana, Gelli de Belen, Manilyn Reynes Comedy


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
My Guardian Debil Jun Urbano Jun Urbano March 25 Jimmy Santos, Ronnie Ricketts, Chin Chin Gutierrez Comedy
Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko (with OctoArts Films) Michael V. Tony Y. Reyes April 29 Michael V., Beth Tamayo, Lara Morena Comedy
May Sayad (with OctoArts Films) June 17 Ronnie Ricketts, Jennifer Mendoza, Tonton Gutierrez, Ogie Alcasid Action
Sa Pusod ng Dagat Jun Lana Marilou Diaz-Abaya June 24 Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Pen Medina, Chin-Chin Gutierrez Social Drama
Armadong Hudas (with OctoArts Films) Augusto Salvador November 4 Ian Veneracion, Tonton Gutierrez, Jessa Zaragosa Action
Jose Rizal Jun Lana, Ricardo Lee, Peter Ong Lim Marilou Diaz-Abaya December 25 Cesar Montano Biopic, History


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
D'Sisters: Nuns of the Above (with M-Zet Films Productions and OctoArts Films)[4] Cris Pablo, Ely Matawaran, Tony Y. Reyes Tony Y. Reyes January 4 Vic Sotto, Michael V., Beth Tamayo, Lindsay Custodio Comedy
Bakit Pa? (with OctoArts Films) Jose Javier Reyes Jose Javier Reyes February 3 Jessa Zaragoza, Troy Montero, Diether Ocampo Drama, Comedy, Romance
Saranggola Butch Dalisay Gil Portes June 19 Ricky Davao, Lester Llansang, Jennifer Sevilla Drama
Muro Ami Jun Lana and Ricky Lee Marilou Diaz-Abaya December 25 Cesar Montano Thriller


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Deathrow Ricky Lee, Joel Lamangan, Manny Palo Joel Lamangan December 25 Eddie Garcia, Cogie Domingo, Angelika dela Cruz Crime


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Kilabot at Kembot (with Imus Productions)[5] Humilde "Meek" Roxas, Sigfreid Barros Sanchez Augusto Salvador May 29 Bong Revilla, Assunta De Rossi, Roi Vinzon Action
Ang Galing Galing Mo, Babes (with Imus Productions)[6] Ed Palmos Ed Palmos 2002 Albert Martinez, Joyce Jimenez, Lester Llansang Drama


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Kilig... Pintig ... Yanig... Rahyan Carlos, Bibeth Orteza, Kit Villanueva-Langit Rahyan Carlos, Mark A. Reyes, Carlos Siguion-Reyna 2004 Chynna Ortaleza, Nadine Samonte, Sheena Halili, Girlie Sevilla, Jake Cuenca, Julianne Lee, Dion Ignacio, Bettina Carlos, Katrina Halili, Tyron Perez Drama, Romance, Thriller


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Let the Love Begin RJ Nuevas, Suzette Doctolero Mac Alejandre February 9 Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras Romance
Lovestruck Suzette Doctolero Louie Ignacio September 14 Jolina Magdangal, Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras Romantic comedy
Mulawin: The Movie (with Regal Entertainment) Don Michael Perez Dominic Zapata, Mark A. Reyes December 25 Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Dennis Trillo Action, Fantasy
La Funeraria Toti (with Regal Entertainment) Joen Chionglo, Rahyan Carlos Rahyan Carlos 2005 Arpee Bautista, Marc Laurenze Celis, Eric dela Cruz Drama


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
I Will Always Love You (with Regal Entertainment) RJ Nuevas, Suzette Doctolero Mac Alejandre February 8 Angel Locsin, Richard Gutierrez Romance
Moments of Love Gina Marissa Tagasa-Gil Mark A. Reyes March 29 Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Karylle Romantic melodrama, Fantasy
Till I Met You (with VIVA Films) Benedict Mique Mark A. Reyes October 11 Robin Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Eddie Garcia Romance


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
The Promise (with Regal Entertainment) Raquel Villavicencio Mike Tuviera February 14 Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad Melodrama, Romance
Ouija (with VIVA Films) Aloy Adlawan Topel Lee July 25 Judy Ann Santos, Jolina Magdangal, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos Suspense, Horror
Batanes: Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (with Ignite Production) Arah Jell Badayos Adolfo Alix, Jr., John David Hukom December 5 Iza Calzado, Ken Chu Drama, Romance


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
My Best Friend's Girlfriend (with Regal Entertainment) Suzette Doctolero Mark A. Reyes February 13 Richard Gutierrez, Marian Rivera, Romantic comedy
My Monster Mom (with Regal Entertainment) Jose Javier Reyes Jose Javier Reyes July 2 Ruffa Gutierrez, Annabelle Rama Comedy
I.T.A.L.Y. Senedy Que Mark A. Reyes September 17 Jolina Magdangal, Rufa Mae Quinto, Dennis Trillo, Eugene Domingo, Rhian Ramos, Mark Herras Romantic comedy
One True Love (with Regal Entertainment) Irma Dimaranan, Maryo J. de los Reyes Mac Alejandre November 19 Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado Melodrama, Romance


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
When I Met U (with Regal Entertainment) Aloy Adlawan Joel Lamangan February 11 Richard Gutierrez, KC Concepcion Romantic comedy
Sundo Aloy Adlawan Topel Lee March 18 Robin Padilla, Sunshine Dizon, Katrina Halili, Rhian Ramos Suspense, Thriller
Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie (with APT Entertainment) Roy C. Iglesias Mike Tuviera September 23 Michael V., Ogie Alcasid, Jomari Yllana, Aiko Melendez, Iza Calzado Comedy
Patient X (with Viva Films and RGUTZ Productions) Yam Laranas Yam Laranas October 28 Richard Gutierrez, Cristine Reyes Horror
Ang Panday (with Imus Productions) R.J. Nuevas and Carlo J. Caparas Mac Alejandre and Rico Gutierrez December 25 Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., Phillip Salvador, Robert Villar, Rhian Ramos, Iza Calzado and Geoff Eigenmann Fantasy


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Working Girls (with VIVA Films and Unitel) Jose Javier Reyes Jose Javier Reyes April 21 Eugene Domingo, Ruffa Gutierrez, Iza Calzado, Eula Valdez, Jennylyn Mercado, Cristine Reyes, Bianca King Comedy
You to Me Are Everything (with Regal Entertainment) Aloy Adlawan Mark A. Reyes May 5 Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera Romantic comedy
In Your Eyes (with VIVA Films) Keiko Aquino Mac Alejandre August 18 Claudine Barretto, Anne Curtis and Richard Gutierrez Drama, Romance
Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote (with Imus Productions, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment and OctoArts Films) Bibeth Orteza, R.J. Nuevas Tony Y. Reyes December 25 Bong Revilla & Vic Sotto with Jillian Ward, Sam Pinto, Gwen Zamora Action, Adventure


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
My Valentine Girls (with Regal Entertainment) Andoy Ranay Dominic Zapata, Andoy Ranay and Chris Martinez February 9 Richard Gutierrez, Jillian Ward, Eugene Domingo, Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, Rhian Ramos Romantic comedy[7]
Temptation Island (with Regal Entertainment) Chris Martinez Chris Martinez July 6 Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Rufa Mae Quinto and Solenn Heussaff Comedy[8][9]
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (with SMDC) Kit Villanueva - Langit Mark Reyes August 24 Joshua Dionisio, Barbie Forteza, Jake Vargas, Bea Binene, Elmo Magalona, Louise delos Reyes, Alden Richards Teen film[10]
The Road Aloy Adlawan, Yam Laranas Yam Laranas November 30 Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad, Barbie Forteza, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Ynna Asistio, Renz Valerio Psychological horror[11]
Ang Panday 2 (with Imus Productions) Aloy Adlawan Rico Guttierrez and Mac Alejandre December 25 Bong Revilla, Marian Rivera, Philip Salvador Action, Fantasy[12]


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
My Kontrabida Girl Jade Castro, Aloy Adlawan Jade Castro March 14 Rhian Ramos, Aljur Abrenica, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas Romantic comedy
The Witness (with Indonesia’s Skylar Pictures) Muhammad Yusuf Beby Hasibuan March 21 Gwen Zamora, Pierre Gruno Action, Horror
The Road (international release with Freestyle Releasing) Aloy Adlawan, Yam Laranas Yam Laranas May 11 Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad, Barbie Forteza Psychological horror
Boy Pick-Up: The Movie (with Regal Entertainment) Ogie Alcasid, Aloy Adlawan Dominic Zapata June 6 Ogie Alcasid, Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff Comedy
Just One Summer Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Bei Fausto, Rona Lean Sales Mac Alejandre August 15 Julie Anne San Jose, Elmo Magalona Romance, Drama
Of All the Things (with Viva Films) Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario Joyce Bernal September 26 Regine Velasquez, Aga Muhlach Romance Drama
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
(with Reality Entertainment, AgostoDos Pictures, Mothership Inc. and PostManila Productions)
Erik Matti Erik Matti October 17 Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe, Joey Marquez, Janice de Belen, Ramon Bautista Fantasy, Horror
Sosy Problems Andoy Ranay December 25 Heart Evangelista, Bianca King, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Aljur Abrenica, Mikael Daez, Benjamin Alves, Ruffa Gutierrez Romantic Comedy
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako (with OctoArts Films, Imus Productions, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment) Tony Reyes December 25 Bong Revilla, Vic Sotto, Judy Ann Santos Fantasy, Action


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Dance of the Steelbars (with Portfolio Films) Cris Lim, Michael Villar Cesar Apolinario, Marnie Manicad May 22 Dingdong Dantes, Patrick Bergin, Mon Confiado and Maila Damian Drama
My Lady Boss (with Regal Entertainment) Aloy Adlawan Jade Castro July 3 [13] Richard Gutierrez, Marian Rivera Romantic comedy


Title Writer Director Release date Main cast Genre
Basement (with Coffee House Productions and Springboard Film Productions) Topel Lee, Rona Lean Sales Topel Lee February 12 [14] Ellen Adarna, Enzo Pineda, Sarah Lahbati, Pilita Corrales, Louise delos Reyes, Kristofer Martin, Teejay Marquez, Jan Manual, Chynna Ortaleza, and RJ Padilla Horror, Thriller
Overtime Wincy Aquino Ong, Earl Ignacio Wincy Aquino Ong July 2 Richard Gutierrez, Lauren Young Action, Thriller
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 (with Reality Entertainment and AgostoDos Pictures) Erik Matti Erik Matti December 25 Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza, Joey Marquez, Lotlot de Leon Suspense, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy


Title Director Writer Release date Main cast Genre
My Bebe Love: #Kilig Pa More! (with OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment and MEDA Productions) Jose Javier Reyes December 25 Ai-Ai delas Alas, Vic Sotto, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza Romantic Comedy


No scheduled release dates for any upcoming films.

See also[edit]