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MMFF prepares for 45th anniversary

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, organizer of the Metro Manila Film Festival, is urging film producers to submit “quality and innovative” film entries that will make Filipinos proud as it extends its congratulations to last year’s entry “Rainbow’s Sunset” that has made it big at the 52nd Annual WorldFest in Houston, Texas.

MMDA and concurrent MMFF chairperson Danilo Lim recognized the team behind the film “Rainbow’s Sunset” for making Filipinos, particularly, the local film industry, proud while at the same time posed a challenge to succeeding production outfits that would join the film festival this year.

“I hope that this will not be the first and last time that we will win big in international film festivals and there will be more success in the future,” Lim said.

To honor the awardees, Lim conferred plaques to film director Joel Lamangan, who won the Special Jury Prize; screenwriter Eric Ramos, who bagged the Gold Remi Award for Best Story Innovation; and recipients of the best actor award, lead stars Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa.

“We hope to receive quality and innovative entries to this year’s MMFF – excellent stories that will capture the hearts not only of many Filipinos but also the international audience,” Lim said. 

The deadline for submission of entries on script format for this year’s film fest is on May 31; deadline for Short Film Student Competition entries is on July 15; and entries for finished film format is on September 20.

“The MMDA and the MMFF will continue to back up our local films and filmmakers for the Philippines to have its rightful place in global filmmaking industry," Lim said.

Lim said the MMFF was gearing up for a double celebration this year with the commemoration of its 45th anniversary and the centenary of Philippine cinema.

“We have big plans for MMFF, not only during December but all year-round so we are holding seminars and caravans to develop talents of more students,” Lim said.

The Annual WorldFest in Houston is the third oldest film festival in the United States.

“Rainbow's Sunset” tells about an aging man’s admission to his family about his romantic feelings towards his childhood best friend. It also bagged a number of awards from the MMFF 2018 last December including best screenplay, best actress, and best supporting actor and actress among others. Garcia also won the Special Jury Prize, together with co-star Max Collins.

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