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LIST: MMFF Announces Final 8 Films For 2021 Edition

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

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Photo from CinemaBravo

Director: Louie Ignacio

Cast: Ken Chan and Rita Daniela

Big Night

Director: Jun Robles Lana

Cast: Christian Bables, John Arcilla, Eugene Domingo, and Martin del Rosario

The ExorSis

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Photo from Random Republika

Director: Fifth Solomon

Cast: Toni Gonzaga-Soriano and Alex Gonzaga-Morada

Love at First Stream

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Photo from Star Cinema

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Cast: Daniela Stranner, Anthony Jennings, Kaori Oinuma, and Jeremiah Lisbo

Huwag Kang Lalabas

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Photo from Obra Cinema Productions

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.

Nelia

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Photo from A&Q Production, Films Incorporated

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.

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