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LOOK: 8 official entries to MMFF 2021 announced

By Kara Santos Published Nov 12, 2021 6:44 pm Updated Nov 13, 2021 12:48 am

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

Big Night!

  • 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

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 Exorsis

  • 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