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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.

Jul 6, 2017

The Joint Statement Of Kara Alikpala, Ricky Lee & Rolando Tolentino On Why They Resigned From The Metro-Manila Filmfest Selection Committee

 KARA ALIKPALA sends us a copy of the official statement from her, Ricky Lee and Rolando Tolentino on why they resigned from the selection committee of the 2017 Metro-Manila Filmfest. Here it is.

Joint Statement by Ricky Lee, Rolando Tolentino and Kara Magsanoc- Alikpala: “We accepted the invitation to be members of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 Executive Committee (ExeCom) because we were excited to maximize the gains of the MMFF 2016.

Last year’s festival showcased a wide variety of quality cinema that went beyond the formulaic. There was a shift of emphasis from commercial viability to artistic excellence.
It also celebrated the spirit of a film culture that produced many cult classics in the early years of the MMFF.

After several meetings and deliberations, we resigned because the MMFF 2017 ExeCom took a different direction, by putting too much emphasis on commerce over art.

Our resignation had little to do with the first four selected MMFF 2017 entries. We had expressed our intention to resign long before the announcement of the first four entries was made.

Some quarters in the ExeCom insist that only big film studios can produce a blockbuster. We believe that producing a box office hit and creating quality film is not exclusive to big film studios nor to independent film outfits. All excellent Filipino films deserve all forms of support. This support includes movies being screened for the entire duration of the festival with maximum exposure in as many theatres in and outside Metro Manila.

We stand committed to seek reforms in the Filipino film industry. We remain steadfast believing in a Metro Manila Film Festival that can once more be a celebration of the finest of Filipino artistry.
The Filipino audience deserves no less.”