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MMFF 2023 expands lineup, announces remaining entries for 49th edition

By NICK GARCIA Published Oct 17, 2023 3:04 pm

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) announced the remaining entries for this year—and expanded the lineup from eight movies to 10.

The MMFF, in a Facebook Live session on Oct. 17, showed the trailers of the following movies selected by the committee for its 49th edition:

  • When I Met You in Tokyo (romance): starring Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos
  • Becky and Badette (comedy): starring Eugene Domingo and Pokwang
  • Mallari (suspense): starring Piolo Pascual and Janella Salvador
  • Firefly (fantasy): starring Alessandra de Rossi and Cherry Pie Picache
  • Broken Hearts Trip (comedy): starring Christian Bables and Andoy Ranay
  • GomBurZa (historical): starring Enchong Dee, Dante Rivero, Piolo Pascual, and Cedrick Juan 

Last July, the MMFF announced its first four entries, namely:

  • A Mother and Son’s Story (drama): starring Sharon Cuneta and Alden Richards
  • K(Ampon) (horror-thriller): starring Beauty Gonzales and Derek Ramsay
  • Penduko (fantasy): starring Matteo Guidicelli and Cristine Reyes
  • Rewind (romance): starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes

The MMFF received a total of 26 scripts from 32 production companies this year. In 2022, it got 22 submissions.

Scripts were selected based on the following criteria: artistic excellence (40%), commercial appeal (40%), Filipino cultural sensibility (10%), and global appeal (10%). 

The MMFF will take place in December.