For the second year in a row, locally-produced digital films exhibited in commercial cinemahouses outstripped mainstream films in the sheer number of releases in 2010.
Statistics show that 45 digital films and 28 mainstream films, including the eight entries to the 2010 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines), were shown for a total of 73 local films released. In 2009, the ratio was 36 to 34 in favor of digital films, the first time that these indie films out-numbered mainstream films.
But the combined output of 73 films still lagged behind the 140 foreign films exhibited last year. In 2009, a total of 153 foreign films (including the so-called art house films which have limited runs) were shown locally even before the start of the MMFFP.
The chart merely shows the constant rise in local digital films’ theatrical run and the obvious downturn in the case of mainstream films with the years 2009 and 2010 cementing digital films’ supremacy.
For the year 2010, the story was still the same. The same mainstream film companies persistently churned out films, though apparently much fewer compared with their output during the heydays of film production.
In 2010 therefore, the old reliable film companies like Star Cinema, Regal Entertainment Inc., GMA and Viva Films came up with a respectable number of films.
Star Cinema had 15 films exhibited in 2010—up from nine in 2009. These films included Paano Na Kaya?, Miss You Like Crazy, Babe, I Love You, Here Comes the Bride, Noy (co-produced with Cinemedia Inc.), I’ll Be There, Cinco, In Your Eyes, Sa’Yo Lamang, I Do, Till My Heartaches End, My Amnesia Girl, Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To!), RPG Metanoia (co-produced with ambientmedia) and Dalaw (co-produced with Cinemedia Inc.).
Regal Films had five films—down from its 2009 total of seven films. These included You to Me are Everything (co-produced with GMA Films), My Mamarazzi, White House, Shake, Rattle & Roll 12 and Super Inday and the Magic Bibe.
Viva films had four films which included Working Girls, Emir, Hating Kapatid and Petrang Kabayo.
The other mainstream films were Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, a co-production of GMA Films, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions Inc., APT Entertainment and Imus Productions Inc.; Father Jejemon of RVQ Productions; Rosario of Cinemabuhay/Studio 5; and Red Shoes of Megavision.
The surge in digital film production in 2009 was attributed to three companies which have a combined production of 19 films that year. These were Leo Films with 8; Sunflower Films with 6 and Sinehan Digitales with 5.
In 2010, these companies continued their producing ways. Sunflowers had 13 digital films shown while Leo had 10 and Sinehan Digitales had four.
The Sunflower digital films included SRO, Sanctuario, Romeo and Juliet, D’Survivors, Aliw, Pulupot, Mahilig, Pagnanasa, Indie Boys, Muli, Thank You Girls, Sa Piling ng mga Nimfa and Karera.
Leo Films came up with Sagrada Familia, Sped Heart, Marino, Pitas, Araro, Dampi, Magdamag, East of Paradise, Eksena, The Woman Everyman Wants…Perfect Lover.
Sinehan Digitales exhibited Clubchaser, Ben and Sam, Haba and Subok.
Seventeen other film companies released a digital film each. Notable among these digital films were Two Funerals of Cinemalaya, Bakal Boys of Starca Films, Tarima of Blue Gold Productions, Mga Kahihinatnan ng Aking Kabalbalan of RGUTZ Productions and Ang Babae sa Sementeryo of AEI Productions. Like Leo Films’ Sagrada Familia, two other films also received an A rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board: Bakal Boys and Two Funerals. (Next week: Foreign Film Releases in 2010)
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