The eight official entries to the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which will run from Dec. 25, 2021 to Jan. 7, 2022 in cinemas nationwide, have been announced.
Eight competing entries were selected from 19 titles submitted for MMFF 2021, which marks the film festival’s return to physical cinemas amid the COVID-19 pandemic after its virtual run last year.
The lineup includes A Hard Day, Big Night!, Love at First Stream, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine), Nelia, Huwag Kang Lalabas, The ExorSis and Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw.
A notable inclusion this year is Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, a Yolanda-set drama that achieved critical acclaim internationally, bagging a special award at the Locarno Film Festival and the best director trophy for Carlo Francisco Manatad at the London East Asia Film Festival.
The chosen entries include:
A Hard Day
- Director: Lawrence Fajardo
- Production: Viva Communications Inc.
- Starring: Dingdong Dantes, John Arcilla
- Genre: Action
- Director: Jun Robles Lana
- Production: Cignal Entertainment, IdeaFirst Company, October Train Films, Quantum Films
- Starring: Christian Bables, Nico Antonio, John Arcilla, Ricky Davao, Soliman Cruz, Eugene Domingo, Gina Alajar, Janice de Belen
- Genre: Social Drama
Love at First Stream
- Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
- Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. & Kwentolabs
- Starring: Anthony Jennings, Jeremiah Lisbo. Daniela Stranner, Kaori Oinuma
- Genre: Romance Comedy
OMG! #LoveAtFirstStream is an official entry to this year's MMFF! Live ang cast tonight at 8pm on @starcinema's kumu account! Nood na! 😍 https://t.co/1GbpSse8kr#LAFSMMFF2021 #MMFF2021 pic.twitter.com/chBFhUZ7ZO— Kumu - Pinoy Live Streaming App (@kumuPH) November 12, 2021
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine)
- Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
- Production: Black Sheep Productions, Dreamscape Entertainment, Quantum Films, iWant, Globe Studios
- Starring: Daniel Padilla, Charo Santos, Rans Rifol
- Genre: Drama
- Directed by Lester Dimaranan
- Production: A and Q Production Films, Inc.
- Starring: Raymond Bagatsing, Winwyn Marquez
- Genre: Suspense
Huwag Kang Lalabas
- Directed by Adolf Alix Jr.
- Production: Obra Cinema
- Starring Kim Chiu, Beauty Gonzalez, Aiko Melendez, Jameson Blake, Joaquin Domagoso
- Genre: Horror
The Millenial Horror Queen, Kim Chiu, is back with another thriller! 👻👑#HuwagKangLalabas starring @prinsesachinita is an official entry to this year’s #MMFF2021! 🎥 Directed by @aalixjr. Writen by @JerryGracio. Produced by Obra Cinema.
Congrats Kimmy! 😘 pic.twitter.com/0zeZSSyb6e— Team KimXi (@TeamKimXiOFC) November 12, 2021
- Director: Fifth Solomon
- Production: Tin Can
- Starring: Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga
- Genre: Comedy Horror
Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw
- Director: Louie L. Ignacio
- Production: Heaven’s Best Entertainment
- Starring: Ken Chan, Rita Daniela
- Genre: Romance