MMFF 2016 extended to January 10
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee (ExeCom) announced on Friday, January 6, that the festival has been extended to January 10.
"Because of the encouraging feedback and demand from the audiences, the MMFF ExeCom and the SM and the National Cinema Association of the Philippines hereby announce the further extension of the showing of MMFF films nationwide until January 10," they said in a message to Rappler.
"Similarly, all MMFF season passes will be honored in theaters until the said new extended date."
This is the second time that the MMFF 2016 has been extended.
On January 2, MMFF Public Relations Head Noel Ferrer said that the 8 films will have an extended showing in 10 SM cinemas in selected cities until January 7.
THE HARDWORKING MMFF EXECOM. Despite the overwhelming show of support by the general public, MMFF 2016 officially comes to a close tomorrow, January 3, 2017. We thank everyone who made this year's edition a groundbreaking success. And we hope that you will continue to make your voices heard so that these films will be enjoyed all over the Philippines beyond January 3rd. In line with this, the people behind MMFF 2016 are pursuing the following: 1. The continued screening of all 8 titles in 10 SM Cinemas in selected cities from January 4-7; 2. Negotiating with the other cinema chains for a similar extension (still waiting for the cooperation of Ayala and Robinsons cinemas); 3 And laying the groundwork for an extensive MMFF School Caravan. " Mabuhay ang Pelikulang Pilipino. Ipagpatuloy natin ang Magandang Pagbabago! #SupportMMFF2016 #thankful
On Tuesday, January 3, the ExeCom announced that more cinemas will show all 8 MMFF films until January 7.
EXTENDED ANG MMFF!!! Wala nang makakapigil sa boses ng mga taong humihingi ng extensyon ng mga pelikula sa Metro Manila Film Festival 2016. Simula bukas hanggang sa January 7, sampung sinehan ng SM plus walo pang SM Cinemas na allotted and assigned sa Film Development Council of the Philippines pati na ang kanilang mga cinematheques ay ipagpapatuloy pa rin ang pagpapalabas ng mga MMFF films. Pati ang National Cinema Association of the Philippines kung saan kabilang ang Robinsons, Ayala, Cinema2000 - Eastwood, Greenhills, Fishermall, Gateway pati na nga ang Uptown, Venice at Vista at provincial cinemas ay kasama sa extension ng pagpapalabas ng mga sine ng MMFF. Isa pang magandang development ay tatanggapin pa rin ng theater owners ang MMFF Festival Passes hanggang sa Jan 7. So puwede pang ituloy ang MMFF marathon at narinig muli at napagbigyan ang boses ng mga manonood ng pelikulang Pilipino. #SupportMMFF #MabuhayAngPelikulangPilipino
During the Gabi ng Parangal last December 29, the committee appealed to cinemas to extend the showing of the films due to the positive feedback it has gotten. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) acting chairman Tim Orbos also pointed out the call for change by the people. (READ: MMFF executive committee appeals to theater owners for extension)
Film Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra also appealed to theater owners to extend the showing of the films, saying they will do their best to address various concerns.
Meanwhile, the MMFF also released a statement regarding a scene from the movie Oro, where a dog was killed in the movie that was pointed out by viewers.
In the statement posted on Ferrer's Instagram account, the committee said that they had a talk with the producers of Oro and members of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), with the people behind the movie agreeing to issue a disclaimer regarding the scene. PAWS however said that they want the movie to be pulled out and will file a complaint, which is out of the jurisdiction of the MMFF.
"Nang mag-usap ang mga abogado ng dalawang partido ay nagkusa na ang produksyon ng ORO na 1) maglalabas ng disclamer ang produksyon ng ORO tungkol sa graphic content nito kasabay ng commitment nila sa pakikipaglaban para sa human rights and animal welfare; 2) magkakaroon ng bagong bersyon ang pelikula na aalisin ang objectional scene; at 3) ang patuloy na education campaign para sa advocacy ng pelikula at ng PAWS.
(When the lawyers of the parties talked, the production of Oro has agreed to 1) Oro will come out with a disclaimer regarding the graphic content and at the same time a committment to continue the fight for human rights and animal welfare; 2) to have a new version of the film where the said scene will be removed and 3) continue the education campaign for the movie and PAWS)
"Sa kabila nito, naging mariin pa rin ang paghingi ng PAWS sa pagpu-pull out ng pelikula. At itutuloy pa rin nila ang pagfi-file ng kasong kriminal na lagpas na sa jurisdiction ng MMFF," Ferrer said.
(But despite this, PAWS insisted for the movie to be pulled out. They will also file criminal charges which is out of the jurisdiction of the MMFF.)
Ferrer also said that actress Irma Adlawan even came with the Best Actress trophy she won and was willing to return it, which the committee said was unnecessary.
WALANG BAWIAN NG TROPHY. Dala -dala ng MMFF Best Actress na si Irma Adlawan ang kanyang trophy sa inquiry-meeting sa MMFF at PAWS kanina at handa na niyang isauli ang kanyang tropeyo sakaling hingin ito ng MMFF EXECOM. Ngunit hindi naman humantong sa ganu'n ang pag-uusap dahil naniniwala ang MMFF Execom na wala namang kinalaman ang award ni Irma sa acting sa pinagtatalunang diumano'y cruelty to animals na ipinakita sa pelikulang "ORO." Alam din ng Philippine Animal Welfare Society na wala sa jurisdiction ng MMFF Execom ang desisyong legal kaya ang hiningi nila ay ang pag-pull out ng pelikula sa huling araw ng festival. Ngunit nang mag-usap ang mga abogado ng dalawang partido ay nagkusa na ang produksyon ng ORO na 1) maglalabas ng disclamer ang produksyon ng ORO tungkol sa graphic content nito kasabay ng commitment nila sa pakikipaglaban para sa himan rights and animal welfare; 2) magkakaroon ng bagong bersyon ang pelikula na aalisin ang objectional scene; at 3) ang patuloy na education campaign para sa advocacy ng pelikula at ng PAWS. Sa kabila nito, naging mariin pa rin ang paghingi ng PAWS sa pagpu-pull out ng pelikula. At itutuloy pa rin nila ang pagfi-file ng kasong kriminal na lagpas na sa jurisdiction ng MMFF.
The production of Oro has yet to issue a formal statement on the controversial scene. – Rappler.com
More MMFF 2016 on Rappler here:
- IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2016, Gabi ng Parangal
- MMFF 2016: Meet Rhed Bustamante, child star making waves for 'Seklusyon'
- FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2016 Gabi ng Parangal
- MMFF 2016: 'Oro' star Irma Adlawan wins Best Actress
- MMFF 2016: 'Die Beautiful' star Paolo Ballesteros wins Best Actor
- MMFF 2016: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' wins Best Picture
- MMFF 2016: 'Oro' wins Best Ensemble Cast
- MMFF 2016: Erik Matti wins Best Director for 'Seklusyon'
- FULL LIST: 8 MMFF 2016 entries, trailers revealed
- MMFF 2016: 'Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2' tackles the making of a romcom
- MMFF 2016: The connection between 'Die Beautiful' and Jennifer Laude
- MMFF 2016: 'Kabisera,' a layered and complex family drama
- MMFF 2016: Based on true events, 'Oro' brings tough issues to light
- [MMFF 2016] Saving 'Saving Sally,' 12 years in the making
- MMFF 2016: In Erik Matti's 'Seklusyon,' terror comes for you – slowly
- MMFF 2016: 5 things to know about 'Sunday Beauty Queen'
- MMFF 2016: 5 things to know about 'Vince and Kath and James'
- MMFF 2016 revamped: 10 important changes to know
- Box office update: MMFF 2016 reveals day 1 top grossing films
- MMFF 2016 films face looming challenge to remain in theaters
- MMFF 2016: 4 films grant 30% discount to students, senior citizens, PWDs
- An MMFF 2016 rundown: Why you should watch all 8 entries
- WATCH: See the floats and the stars at the MMFF 2016 Parade!
- LOOK: Vibrant MMFF 2016 floats from the Parade of Stars
- MMFF 2016: No CEB grade for 'Kabisera,' director speaks up
- ‘Seklusyon’ Review: Unsubtle provocation
- Die Beautiful’ Review: Queer and beautiful
- ‘Kabisera’ Review: Relevant but frustratingly passive
- ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough’ Review: Still Funny, still too simplistic
- ‘Vince & Kath & James’ Review: Formula done right
- 'Oro' Review: Powerful discourse
- 'Sunday Beauty Queen' review: Enthralling reality
- 'Saving Sally' Review: Worth the wait