Kingpin (The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga) was officially included in the 2011 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines) to replace Mr. Wong, a Robin Padilla starrer, and Hototay, earlier selected among the eight official entries but were withdrawn recently, leaving the December filmfest with just seven entries.
Kingpin stars Laguna Gov. Jeorge Estregan in a SCENEMA Concept International production as directed by Tikoy Aguiluz.
The official inclusion of Kingpin was formalized during an Executive Committee meeting held yesterday (Nov. 3) which was presided by MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino.
The Execom also explained that it never gave the film producers who withdrew their entries any problem, as reflected in some news elease regarding the withdrawals. The reasons for the withdrawal appears to be failure to get the stars included in the cast they submitted with the script, as cited in the official letters forwarded to the Execom.
The committee also decided to return to the two producers—RP Studios and Regal Entertainment Inc.—the P500,000 bond they turned over to the MMFF-P when their entries were selected. The bond could have been forfeited for the producers’ failure to shoot their films.
The committee, however, said they will revise rules and regulations on the filmfest next year to give a deadline for withdrawals—possibly the end of August to give producers time to produce their replacement films.
Meanwhile, the Execom-sanctioned Indie and Short Films which will be held on Dec.18 to 21 has been renamed as the New Wave Section filmfest. It will be held at the Robinson’s Galleria, with the gala screenings of the five participating entries on Dec. 18 and the regular screenings on Dec. 19-21 with one screening per film each day. Following each New Wave film, two short films directed by students will also be exhibited.
Prizes for the best New Wave film is P100,000 while P25,000 will be awarded to the school whose entry will be selected as the best Student Short film. The Quezon City Gender and Development (GAD) office will also grant P50,000 for the best New Wave film on the aspect of gender equality.
The official list of entries in the forthcoming filmfest is as follows:
–Enteng ng Ina Mo of ABS-CBN Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Productions and OctoArts Films, directed by Tony Y. Reyes, starring Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai de las Alas
–My House Husband of OctoArts Films, directed by Joey Javier Reyes, starring Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos
–Panday 2 of Imus Productions and GMA Films, directed by Mac Alejandre, starring Bong Revilla, Phillip Salvador, Marian Rivera and Iza Calzado
–Segunda Mano of MJM Production, starring Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes
–Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 of Regal Entertainment Inc., directed by Chris Martinez (Lunod), Richard Somes (Tamawa) and Jerrold Tarog (Parola), starring Paolo Avelino, Albie Casino, Eugene Domingo, Kathryn Bernardo, Maricar Reyes and Lovi Poe
–Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow of Studio 5, directed by Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Lana Jr., starring Dennis Trillo, Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana and Ritz Azur
–Kingpin (The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga) of SCENEMA Concept International, directed by Tikoy Aguiluz, starring Jeorge Estregan
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