Bong Go, Dan Fernandez are now part of MMFF ExeCom

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Bong Go and Laguna 1st District Representative Dan Fernandez have been added to the Metro Manila Film Festival's (MMFF) Executive Committe (ExeCom) on Wednesday, July 10.

Go was an MMFF juror in 2018, while Fernandez is a former actor. The two attended the MMFF press briefing announcing the first 4 official entries to the 2019 festival.

The 4 films, chosen out of 26 script submissions, are: (K) Ampon starring Derek Ramsay and Kris Aquino, Miracle in Cell # 7 starring Aga Mulach and Nadine Lustre, Mission Unstapabol: The Don of Identity starring Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza, and Momalland starring Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis.

The films were chosen by the MMFF Selection Committee, headed by National Artist for Film Bienvenido Lumbera, based on the following criteria: 40% commercial appeal, 40% artistic excellence, 10% cultural sensibility, and 10 percent global appeal.

Jose Arturo Garcia Jr, MMDA general manager, justified 4 selected entries for MMFF 2019, saying that commercial value is very important.

Importante talaga ‘yung commercial value. Sabi nga natin gusto nating tulungan yung pelikulang Pilipino. Kung mag-flat ang sales niyan siyempre hindi uunlad ‘yung financial nila,” he said.

(Commercial value is really important. We said that we want to help Philippine cinema. If sales are flat, of course, their financial status won't improve.)

The selection committee will later choose 4 films under the finished films category to complete the MMFF "Magic 8." The deadline for finished film submissions is on September 20.

At the same time, the deadline for the scripts of the short film category is on August 15.

Go proposed holding the festival twice a year by 2020, saying that it will boost the country's film industry. Go said the will finalize the details of his proposal after this year's festival.

At the same time, Fernandez that he will push for improving the welfare of film indsutry workers. – Rappler.com