The list of entries for the 2007 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines) is now complete. Six entries will be shown starting December 25, 2007 and three others—chosen today (June 28) from the second batch of submitted screenplays—will start showing on New Year’s Day 2008.
The three entries for the January 1, 2008 showing were announced after a morning deliberation of the screening committee at the Shangrila restaurant on West avenue, Q.C.
Six winning screenplays have already qualified as the first batch of films which will be shown at the beginning of the filmfest on December 25.
The three winning entries of the second batch were:
Banal of Comguild, starring Marvin Agustin, Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Jacklyn Jose, Joel Torre and Pepe Smith, directed by Cesar Apolinario.
Anak ng Kumander of MP Productions, starring Manny Pacquiao, Ara Mina, Valerie Concepcion and Roi Vinzon, directed by Jose ‘Kaka’ Balagtas.
Desperadas of Regal Entertainment Inc., starring Ruffa Gutierrez, Carmina Villaroel, Sheryll Cruz and Janice or Gelli de Belen, directed by Joel Lamangan.
Earlier, Regal Entertainment Inc. withdrew My Mother: Mano Po 6 from contention trimming down the list to seven.
The six winning entries –which will start showing on December 25, 2007– selected earlier were:
Resiklo of Imus Productions Inc., starring Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and Roxanne Guinoo, directed by Mark Javier Reyes;
Bahay Kubo of MAQ Productions, starring Maricel Soriano, Jennilyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, directed by Joel Lamangan;
Katas ng Saudi of Maverick Films Inc., starring Jinggoy Estrada and Lorna Tolentino, directed by Jose Javier Reyes;
Enteng Kabisote 4 of OctoArts Films, starring Vic Sotto and Kristine Hermosa, directed by Tony Reyes;
Shake Rattle & Roll 9 of Regal Entertainment Inc., starring Manilyn Reynes, Roxanne Guinoo and Michelle Rikks in Christmas Tree episode, directed by Topel Lee/ Erich Gonzales, Patrick Garcia and John Pratts in Bangungot episode, directed by Mike Tuviera/ Nash Aguas and Matt Evans in Last Full Show episode, directed by Paul Daza.
Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo of Star Cinema-ABS-CBN, starring Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, directed by Jose Javier Reyes.
Last year, the Metro Filmfest started showing nine films simultaneously on Christmas Day. There was an obvious decline in the box-office during the second week of the filmfest starting on New Year’s Day. This was the main reason that the executive committee decided to break up the films into two batches.
The 2007 MMFFP executive committee is hereby reminding producers of these pertinent deadlines and dates:
November 20 (Tue)—Deadline of submission of trailers of official entries.
December 3 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries of the 1st batch (Dec. 25 showing).
December 10 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries of the 2nd batch (Jan.1 showing).
Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints of entries for the 1st batch.
December 17 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints of entries for the 2nd batch.
Submission of joint certifications with laboratories concerned that prints needed to service the theaters assigned to them shall be made available on time. Submission of changes in the filmography charts, such as names of the leading performers and film genres.
December 17-21—Screening of the official entries by the Board of Jurors.
December 24—Parade of Stars in Metro Manila.
December 25, 2007 to January 7, 2008—Showing of official entries with first batch opening on Dec. 25 and second batch opening on January 1.
January 4, 2008—2007 MMFF-P awards night.