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For the first summer MMFF, MMDA has released the official entries.

The first-ever summer edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has finalized its eight official entries from a record high of 33 film submissions, including resubmissions from the December 2022 edition of the festival.

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Based on the following factors—Artistic Quality (40%), Commercial Appeal (40%), Filipino Cultural Values (10%), and Global Appeal (10%)—the members of the Selection Committee selected the Top 8.

The official eight entries to the 1st Summer MMFF 2022 are:

1. Apag

Producer: Center Stage Production

Director: Brillante Mendoza

Cast: Coco Martin, Lito Lapid, Jaclyn Jose, Gladys Reyes

Genre: Crime Drama

2. Singlebells

Producer: TINCAN

Director: Fifth Solomon

Cast: Aljur Abrenica, Alex Gonzaga, Angeline Quinto

Genre: Romantic Comedy

3. About Us But Not About Us

Producer: Octoberian Films, The Ideafirst Company, Quantum Films

Director: Jun Robles Lana

Cast: Romnick Sarmenta, Elijah Canlas

Genre: Drama Thriller

4. Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko

Producer: Saranggola Media Productions, Inc. Director: Joven Tan

Cast: RK Bagatsing, Meg Imperial

Genre: Musical

5. Unravel: A Swiss Side Love Story

Producer: MAVX Productions Inc.

Director: RC Delos Reyes

Cast: Gerald Anderson, Kylie Padilla

Genre: Drama

6. Here Comes The Groom

Producer: Quantum Films, CineKo Productions, Brightlight Productions

Director: Chris Martinez

Cast: Enchong Dee, Keempee De Leon, Awra Briguela, Xilohuette, Maris Racal, Kalad Karen

Genre: Comedy

7. Yung Libro Sa Napanuod Ko

Producer: Viva Communications, Inc.

Director: Bela Padilla

Cast: Yoo Min-Gon, Bela Padilla

Genre: Romance Drama

8. Love You Long Time

Producer: Studio Three Sixty Inc.

Director: JP Habac

Cast: Carlo Aquino, Eisel Serrano

Genre: Romance

Don Artes, the acting chair of the MMFF and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, asked spectators to support the festival, which, like its December edition, would feature top-notch Filipino films in a variety of genres, including drama, romance, comedy, musical, and thriller.

“We are really happy of the high caliber of these eight official entries that we have chosen. We are anticipating that the first-ever Summer MMFF would also receive the same warm support from moviegoers as the December 2022 MMFF,” Artes stated.

The MMFF Selection Committee is hopeful that the roster will persuade the general public—particularly millennials and Generation Z—to support the film festival notwithstanding Holy Week.

Boots Anson-Rodrigo, chair of the MMFF Selection Committee, said, “We believe that we have a very strong variety of submissions, and it represents the reality that as many as there are various interests among moviegoers.”

The first Summer MMFF will take place from April 8 to April 18 throughout all theaters in the country in collaboration with the Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines.

The Parade of Stars, which will be hosted in Quezon City on April 2, and the Awards Night, which will be held at the New Frontier Theater on April 11, are both scheduled events.

The main goal of the MMFF, which is run by the MMDA, is to advance and encourage the preservation of Philippine cinema.

The Movie Workers Welfare Fund Inc., the Motion Picture and Anti-Film Piracy Council, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Optical Media Board are just a few of the film industry organizations that will get funds from the filmfest.

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