MMFF partners with Globe, Upstream for 2020 festival

The Metro Manila Film Festival has partnered with Globe and Upstream for their 2020 edition, which they had earlier announced would be done completely online.

Their partnership was announced at a press event on Friday, October 23.

For this year's festival, audiences can purchase virtual tickets through Globe's GMovies, at the cost of P250 per film. They can then view films through streaming platform Upstream.

"'Yung MMFF natin ay bahagi na ng kapaskuhan dito sa Pilipinas. Bahagi na 'yan ng ating tradisyon, at gawa ng ating sitwasyon ngayon na pandemya, hindi pwedeng mawala ito, so gumawa tayo ng paraan na kahit papaano, maging masaya pa rin ang ating mga pamilyang Pilipino, may mapapanood pa rin sila, kung hindi man sa movie houses ay online," said Danilo Lim, chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which organizes the annual festival.

(The MMFF is already a Christmas tradition in the Philippines, and given that we are in a pandemic, we can't let this go. So we found a way to bring happiness to Filipino families, and allow them to watch films, if not in cinemas, then at least online.)

The MMDA noted that the online format allows even overseas Filipinos to view MMFF films, and also makes viewing more affordable, because a single ticket can be good for more than one person.

The agency also said that the films will not be shown in cinemas, even in those that have been allowed to reopen.

The festival's first 4 entries were announced in July: Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan starring Joshua Garcia, Magikland starring Jun Urbano and Migs Cuaderno, Praybeyt Benjamin 3 starring Vice Ganda, and The Exorcism of My Siszums starring Toni and Alex Gonzaga.

The remaining entries to round out the festival's so-called "Magic 8" are expected to be announced in November. –