MMFF 2015 organizers deny ticket swapping issue
MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) organizers denied the ticket swapping issue involving the entries, My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie. (READ: 'My Bebe Love' director confirms ticket swapping at MMFF 2015)
On Saturday, December 26, the organizers released a statement on their official Facebook page, calling it a "baseless issue."
"The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments, especially on social media," they wrote.
"The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the Festival."
On the opening day of the festival, several moviegoers raised concerns on social media that the tickets they bought for My Bebe Love were misprinted. Instead, their tickets had the title of another MMFF movie, Beauty and the Bestie.
My Bebe Love was produced by Antonio P Tuviera Entertainment, a subsidiary of Television And Production Exponents Philippines Incorporated, under GMA-7 network. Beauty and the Bestie, on the other hand, was produced by Star Cinema, under GMA-7's rival network ABS-CBN.
My Bebe Love director Joey Javier Reyes confirmed that the ticket swapping incidents were really happening, and urged fans to be aware and check their tickets at the counter.
SM Cinema addressed the issue, saying on Twitter that the tickets can be changed if there was a mistake made, and that the misprinted tickets were due to the high volume of tickets being bought. Those tweets, however, have been deleted. – Rappler.com