Seven down. Three to go.
The first seven entries to the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines have been selected based on screenplays submitted to the MMFFP 2005 selection committee. Three more entries, to be chosen based on finishd films, will fill the last three slots for the filmfest this December.
For this year, the MMFFP has decided to choose seven films through their screenplays and three more as finished prints and virtually eliminated any limitation to the number of entries a single producer can enter. The first seven films will open on December 25, the official start of the festival, while the last three films will start showing on New year’s Day, January 1, 2006.
The selection commiitee chose these seven best screenplays, based on its aertistic mertits as well as commercial vialbilty:
Exodus—Tale of the Enchanted Kingdom , an action-fantasy film produced by Imus Productions, Inc. and starring Bong Revilla Jr., Aubrey Miles and Iya Villania. Director: Erik Matti.
Mulawin, a fantasy film produced by GMA Films and starring Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin. Directors: Dominic Zapanta and Marck Reyes.
Enteng Kabisote 2 (Okey Ka, Fairy Ko… The Legend Continues) , a comedy-fantasy film produced by Octoarts Films and M-Zet TV Productions and starring Vic Sotto, Kristine Hermosa, G. Toengi, Bing Loyzaga, Aiza Seguerra, Michael V. and Oyo Boy Sotto. Director: Tony Reyes.
Kutob (tentative title), a horror-suspense film produced by Canary Films and starring Diether Ocampo and Rica Peralejo. Director: Jose Javier Reyes.
Ako Legal Wife, a comedy film produced by Regal Entertainment Inc. and starring Jay Manalo, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ruffa Mae Quinto and John Pratts. Director: Joel Lamangan.
Shake, Rattle and Roll , a horror film trilogy produced by Regal Entertainment Inc. and starring Rainier Castillo, Dennis Trillo, Iza Calzado and Yasmin Kurdi. Director: Maryo J. de Los Reyes.
Nasaan Ka Ng Kailangan Kita?, a drama film produced by Good Harvest Unlimited and starring Christopher de Leon, Judy Ann Santos and Angelika Panganiban. Director: Joel Lamangan.
The seven screenplays bested some fifteen other screenplays submitted to the MMFFP
The other screenplays which did not make it may still be produced and re-submitted as finished products. But a number of producers have already announced their intention to submit finished films in December.
The MMFFP executive committee wants to remind participants in the festival about important deadlines to be followed. These are the followqing:
November 15—deadline for the submission of trailers for the seven entries selected based on screenplays.
December 1—deadline for the submission of finished films comprising the first batch
December 5—deadline for the submission of certificate of completion for the second batch of film entries and start of screening of the finished prints which will be submitted.
December 10—announcement of the three official entries comprising the second batch and deadline fort the submission of trailers for the second batch.
December 17 to 20—screening of the 10 official entries by the board of jurors.