2016 Metro Manila Film Festival

2016 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2016 (2016-12-25) to January 7, 2017 (2017-01-07)

The 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is the 42nd edition of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival held in Metro Manila and throughout the Philippines. It is organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This is the first time that the festival committee required producers to submit either picture lock versions or finished films, instead of screenplays in previous editions.[1]

The festival will begin with the traditional Parada ng mga Artista (Parade of the Stars) on December 23, 2016. Regular showing of the 8 full-feature movies and 8 short films are from December 25, 2016 until January 7, 2017 in major cinemas across Metro Manila and other parts of the country. The Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) will culminate the festival's activities on January 8, 2017.[2]

Launch and rebranding

Launch of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

The 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival was formally launched on June 28, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center. It was announced that there would be major changes from the previous edition such as the criteria of choosing the final 8 films to be shown, and the awarding. It was also announced that a logo design competition and theme song making competition was to be held.[3]


The following was the criteria used in determining the final 8 entries:[4]

  Story, audience appeal, overall impact (40%)
  Cinematic attributes or technical excellence (40%)
  Global Appeal (10%)
  Filipino sensibility (10%)

The official list of entries was announced on November 18, 2016. From the 27 entries,[4] 8 were chosen for the festival.[5][6]

Official entries

Title StarringStudioDirectorGenre
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Khalil Ramos, Joel Torre Martinez Rivera Films, Quantum Films, Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films, MJM Production Marlon Rivera Comedy
Die Beautiful Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes, Luis Alandy, Albie Casiño The IdeaFirst Company, Octobertrain Films Jun Lana Comedy
Kabisera Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, RJ Agustin, Victor Neri, Ronwaldo Martin Firestarters Productions,
Silver Story Production
Arturo San Agustin,
Real Florido
Oro Irma Adlawan, Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral Feliz Film Productions Alvin Yapan Political thriller
Saving Sally Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos Rocketsheep Studios Avid Liongoren Live-action/
, Romance, Sci-fi
Seklusyon Rhed Bustamante, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte, Lou Veloso, Phoebe Walker, Dominic Roque, Elora Españo, John Vic De Guzman, JR Versales Reality Entertainment Erik Matti Horror
Sunday Beauty Queen Rudelyn Acosta, Cherrie Mae Bretana, Mylyn Jacobo, Hazel Perdido, Leo Selomenio Voyage Studios, Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez Documentary drama
Vince & Kath & James Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte Star Cinema Theodore Boborol Romantic comedy

Short films


  1. Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (November 5, 2016). "MMFF Exe Com addresses concerns about picture lock versions of submissions". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. Ramos, NR (November 20, 2016). "42nd MMFF: Change has come". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  3. Abad, Paolo (29 June 2016). "MMFF 2016 revamped: 10 important changes to know". Rappler. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  4. 1 2 "PEP SCOOP: One movie disqualified from MMFF 2016". Philippine Entertainment Portal. November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  5. "MMFF 2016 official entries revealed". PEP. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. "Here are the films competing in MMFF 2016". ABS-CBN News. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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