The 2011 Metro Manila Filmfest was officially launched by MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino on Friday, March 11, at the roof deck of the EMAR Suites Event Hall on 1409 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.
Producers and possible participants in the 2011 MMFF-P have up to May 31, 2011 to submit scripts of their entries with the names of the main cast and directors included.
An appreciation dinner for the 2010 Metro Manila Filmfest where cash awards were handed out to last December’s filmfest winners was held simultaneously.
Shares from the amusement tax rebate of five beneficiaries were also distributed. MOWELFUND received P1.5 million; the Film Academy of the Philippines and the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, P600,000 each; and the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Optical Media Board, P150,000 each.
The cash awards of the last filmfest winners were handed out before rthe lanching of the 2011 MMFF-P.
The cash awards and winners are as follows:
P800,000 for Best Picture: Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na “To!)
P550,000 for 2nd best picture: Rosario
P300,000 for 3rd best picture: RPG Metanoia
P550,000 for Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: Rosario
P200,000 for best festival float during the parade of stars: Rosario
P100,000 for best independent film: Presa
Present to receive their P100,000 awards in the four major categories were Best Director Wenn Deramas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo), Best Actress Ai-Ai de las Alas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo); and Best Screenplay Writer Mel Mendoza-del Rosario (Ang Tanging Ina Mo). Zsa Zsa Padilla received the award for Best Actor Dolphy (Father Jejemon).
The P50,000 cash award were received by the following:
Best Supporting Actor: Dolphy (Rosario)
Best Supporting Actress: Eugene Domingo (Ang Tanging Ina Mo)
Best Child Performer: Xyriel Manabat (Ang Tanging Ina Mo)
Best Original Story: Mel Mendoza-del Rosario (Ang Tanging Ina Mo)
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza (Rosario)
Best Editing: John Wong (Rosario)
Best Production Design: Joey Luna (Rosario)
Best Sound Recording: Ditoy Aguila (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote) Lynnel de Mesa, Ronald de Asis, Sandy Aguinaldo and Connie Valdriz (RPG Metanoia)
Musical Score: Jesse Lasaten (Ang Tanging Ina Mo)
Original Theme Song: Kaya Mo (RPG Metanoia)
Best Visual Effects: Rico Gutierrez, Riot & Post Manila (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote)
Best Make-Up: Nestor Dayo, Rene Abelardo and Bobby Balisi (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote)
The 2010 MMFF-P finally breached the half-billion-peso gross mark, finishing its two-week run with a P530 million gross income.
The first two highest grossers for 2010 were Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote (GMA Films/OctoArts Films/M-Zet Production Inc./APT Entertainment/Imus Productions Inc.), with P159 million, and Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To!) (Star Cinema) with P157 million.
The gross takes of three other films are as follows: Dalaw (Star Cinema/CineMedia), P96 million; Shake, Rattle & Roll 12 (Regal Entertainment Inc.), P50 million; and RPG Metanoia (Star Cinema/ ambientmedia) , P28 million.
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