After being forced to shift to online platforms last year, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is set to return to physical theaters and cinemas this 2021. According to MMFF executive committee spokesperson Noel Ferrer, they have decided to return to cinemas this year as quarantine restrictions have loosened especially in the National Capital Region (NCR).
According to him, they have 19 submissions for the festival, and they are currently evaluating all of it. The evaluation is being done to narrow it down to the ‘Magic 8’, the usual number of full length films for the annual film festival. (Read: LIST: Movies You Can Now Watch In PH Cinemas)
Ferrer added that the MMFF committee and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) helped vaccinate film industry workers and theater operators to ensure the safety of everyone.
Reports also say that Metro Manila mayors are considering 100% cinema capacity for the MMFF if cases continue to decline in the coming weeks, from the current 50% cap. Various protocols are also in place for different cinemas that have resumed operations.
According to a report by the Philippine Star, these are some of the titles that are said to be included in the submissions for the 2021 MMFF.
- “Mudrasta” (starring Roderick Paulate, directed by Julius Alfonso)
- “Big Night” (starring Christian Bables, directed by Jun Robles Lana)
- “Deception” (Claudine Barretto and Mark Anthony Fernandez reunion movie, directed by Joel Lamangan)
- “Huwag Kang Lalabas” (starring Kim Chiu, directed by Adolf Alix Jr.)
- “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine)” (starring Daniel Padilla and Charo Santos)
- “A Hard Day” (starring Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla, directed by Lawrence Fajardo)
- “Ngayon Kaya” (starring Janine Gutierrez and Paulo Avelino, directed by Prime Cruz)
As of writing, no official announcements regarding the Magic 8 films or the date of the festival have been made by the MMFF committee.