Fan Girl, a dark coming-of-age movie about a young girl’s obsession with her idol, dominated the 46th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal on Sunday, December 27, winning 8 of the 9 awards it was nominated in.
The movie, directed by Antoinette Jadaone, won 8 awards during the online awards night, including best picture, best director, and the best actors and actress awards for its leads Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon.
Fan Girl first premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival and competed at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival before its wide release locally via the MMFF.
Magikland, a fantasy movie set in a fictional world of the same name, won 5 awards, including best visual effects, production design, and musical score. The Boy Foretold by the Stars, a coming-of-age romcom about two boys who find each other during a school retreat, won 3 awards including the gender sensitivity award and second best picture.
Gabi ng Parangal winners:
Best Virtual Float: Magikland (Isa Pang Bahaghari in 2nd; Fan Girl in 3rd)
Best Student Short Film: Paano Maging Babae
Best Visual Effects: Magikland – Richard Francia, Ryan Grimarez (Central Digital Lab)
Best Production Design: Magikland – Ericson Navarro
Best Musical Score: Magikland – Emerzon Texon
Best Editing: Fan Girl – Benjamin Tolentino
Best Cinematography: Fan Girl – Neil Daza
Best Original Theme Song: “Ulan” by Jhay Cura/Pau Protacio – The Boy Foretold by the Stars
Best Sound: Fan Girl – Vincent Villa
FPJ Memorial Award: Magikland
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Suarez: The Healing Priest
Gender Sensitivity Award: The Boy Foretold by the Stars
Special Jury Prize: Peque Gallaga
Manay Ichu Vera-Perez Maceda Memorial Award: Gloria Romero
Best Screenplay: Fan Girl – Antoinette Jadaone
Best Child Performer: Seiyo Masunaga – The Missing
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Shaina Magdayao – Tagpuan
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael de Mesa – Isa Pang Bahaghari
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Paulo Avelino – Fan Girl
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Charlie Dizon – Fan Girl
Best Director: Antoinette Jadaone – Fan Girl
Best Picture: Fan Girl (The Boy Foretold by the Stars in 2nd; Tagpuan in 3rd)
MMFF goes online
For a while, the movie industry was unsure if the MMFF would even push through. Health and safety protocols in the Philippines have thus far kept most movie theaters closed or with limited seating capacities.
This year’s MMFF went purely online, with all entries streaming via Upstream and GMovies. The festival expanded its lineup to 10 movies instead of the usual 8.
The MMFF is a yearly festival organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority. This year, it was co-presented by Globe Telecom.
Normally, during the MMFF, movie theaters worldwide are allowed to screen only movies that are part of the festival.
All 10 MMFF 2020 entries will be available to stream via Upstream until January 7, 2021. – Rappler.com