Over the weekend, the much anticipated line up for the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has finally been released by their committee. Out of 19 submissions, the MMFF narrowed the list down to its so called ‘Magic 8’–which will be gunning for the top awards of the festival.
As always, a number of films have already been included in international festivals, or star actors that have been given international recognition for their work. (Read: Ber Months Are Here! 4 Christmas Traditions We Miss Pre-COVID Times)
Here are the 2021 MMFF contenders you should be watching out for this coming Christmas.
A Hard Day
Director: Lawrence Fajardo
Cast: Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla
Huling Araw sa Tag-Ulan
Director: Louie Ignacio
Cast: Ken Chan and Rita Daniela
Director: Jun Robles Lana
Cast: Christian Bables, John Arcilla, Eugene Domingo, and Martin del Rosario
Director: Fifth Solomon
Cast: Toni Gonzaga-Soriano and Alex Gonzaga-Morada
Love at First Stream
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Cast: Daniela Stranner, Anthony Jennings, Kaori Oinuma, and Jeremiah Lisbo
Huwag Kang Lalabas
Director: Adolf Alix Jr
Cast: Kim Chiu, Joaquin Domagoso, Beauty Gonzalez, Aiko Melendez, and Jameson Blake
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine)
Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Cast: Daniel Padilla and Charo Santos-Concio
*This film has already received international recognition at the 74th Locarno Film Festival.
Director: Lester Dimaranan
Cast: Raymond Bagatsing and Winwyn Marquez
MMFF returns to cinemas
After being forced to go digital last year, the MMFF is back in theaters and cinemas after the alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR) had been downgraded, and restrictions loosened. The reopening of cinemas goes without saying that cinema operators will be observing health protocols in adherence to IATF regulations. (Read: PSA: MMFF Back To Physical Theaters This Year)
The Metro Manila Film Festival will be running from December 25, 2021 to January 7, 2022.