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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 1, 2011

MMFF 2011 to be launched on March 2011

INSPIRED BY THE huge success of the last Metro filmfest that really broke box office records, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now preparing this early for the next filmfest this coming December, launching MMFF 2011 on March 11. We’re glad MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino is doing this to give local producers ample time to prepare and polish their entries. The income from the filmfest is divided to the following agencies: Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund) – 50%. Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) – 20%. Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council – 20%. Optical Media Board (OMB) – 5%. Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) – 5%.

The early launch of MMFF will give the executive committe sufficient time for meeting and consultations with producers, theatre owners, and other organizations in the entertainment industry. Like last year, it’ll give better opportunity to independent filmmakers to be seen and heard by a wider audience. They’re now studying how they can maximize the participation of indie directors and producers. The MMFF is actually not just for Metro-Manila but nationwide as the entries are shown all over the country. They’re hoping entries this year will not just make money but also promote quality entertainment, be more informative and help raise social awareness among our viewers. This early, two entries that are sure to join are “El President, the Life of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo” of Laguna Gov. Jeorge Estregan and “Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday” of Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.