Dec 22
THE YEAR THAT WAS (Local Film Releases in 2011) by Jose N. Carreon  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Thu, Dec 22, 2011

For the third year in a row, locally-produced digital films exhibited in commercial cinemahouses outstripped mainstream films in the sheer number of releases in 2011.

Statistics show that 34 mainstream films and 44 digital films were shown for a total of 78 local films released. In 2010, the ratio was 28 to 45 in favor of digital films, the second consecutive year that indie films out-numbered mainstream films.

But the combined output of 78 films still lagged behind the 151 foreign films exhibited last year. In 2010, a total of 140 foreign films (including the so-called art house films which have limited runs) were shown locally even before the start of the MMFFP.

Let us again review the statistics of local and foreign film releases on a yearly basis reprinted below:

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 2011, the story was still the same. The same mainstream film companies persistently churned out films. 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 16 films exhibited in 2011—up from 15 in 2010. These films included (shown chronologically): Bulong; Catch Me…I’m in Love; TUM: My Pledge of Love; In the Name of Love; Forever and a Day; The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of Riles; Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (co-produced with Quantum); Way Back Home; Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi; Ikaw ang Pag-ibig; No Other Woman (with Viva); Praybeyt Benjamin (with Viva); Won’t Last a Day Without You; Segunda Mano (with MJM Prod.) and Enteng ng Ina Mo.

Regal Films had seven films—more than its 2010 total of five films. These included My Valentine Girls (co-produced with GMA Films); Temptation Island; My Neighbor’s Wife; Ligo na U, Lapit na Me; Aswang; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (with Studio 5); and Shake, Rattle & Roll 13.

Viva films had five films which included Who’s That Girl?; Tumbok; No Other Woman (with Star Cinema); Praybeyt Benjamin (with Star Cinema); and Manila Kingpin (with Scenema Concept).

With four or at least one film under its belt were the following producers:

GMA Films—My Valentine Girls (with Regal); Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (with OctoArts); The Road (with OctoArts); and Panday 2 (with Imus Productions)

OctoArts Films—Tween Academy: Class of 2012 (with GMA); The Road (with GMA); and My House Husband

Reality Films—Zoombadings with Origin 8 and Rakenrol

Imus Productions—Panday 2 (with GMA)

Studio 5—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (with Regal)

Scenema Concept—Manila Kingpin (with Viva)

Creative Minds—Babang Luksa

Origin 8—Zoombadings (with Reality)

Indie film production in 2011 was attributed to 16 companies, six of which produced three films or more for the year. These were Sunflower Films with 8; Sinehan Digitales, with 5; Ignatius Films, with 5; Silverline with 4; El Nino, with 3; and Fortune Arts, with 3.

The Sunflower digital films included Presa, Brod, Student Project, Taksi Cab, Mainit, Barako, Sex Venture and Playmate.

Sinehan Digitales exhibited Hinala; Manong Konstru; Dose, Trese, katorse; Matadero; and Senyorito. Ignatius Films also released five films—Mayohan, Hombre, Bahay Bata, Di Natatapos ang Gabi and Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.

With 2 to 4 films released were:

Silverline—Tubero, Private Nights, Laro and Foursome; El Nino—Bata Pa si Rafael, Rigodon and Trabahador; Fortune Arts—Dulas, Bingwit and Sulot; Lara Prod.—Haliparot and Lawlaw Gang; Leo Films—Lamog and Batang Ifugao; Artistik—Unamed Virgin and Seksing Masahista; and M-Six Films—Lihim ni Adonis and Bahid.

Six other film companies released a digital film each. These were: Dagli Films (Baywalk); Jimgital (Tiyo Pablo); Metro Films (Masikip sa Tatlo); Queeriosity (Wanted: Male Boarders); Samar Sine Sociedad (Rendido); and Spark Films (Kubli).


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