2014 Metro Manila Film Festival

2014 Metro Manila Film Festival

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Date December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25) to January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07)
Best Picture Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
Most awards Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (9)[1]

The 40th Metro Manila Film Festival is the edition of the annual film festival that is held in Metro Manila, Philippines and is organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). During the film festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine cinemas and theaters in order to showcase locally produced films. The film festival began on December 23, 2014 and was kicked off by the yearly Parade of Stars' float parade starting from the Quirino Grandstand.[2] It is expected to run until January 7 of the following year.

The awards night commenced on December 27, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center, and was hosted by Edu Manzano and Kris Aquino.[3] It was also aired via delayed telecast on ABS-CBN.


Official entries

The official list of entries were announced on June 21, 2014. From the 13 submissions, 8 were chosen for the festival;[4]

Title StarringStudioDirectorGenre
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Vice Ganda, Richard Yap, James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap, Alex Gonzaga, Tom Rodriguez Star Cinema & Viva Films Wenn Deramas Comedy, Action
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla Philippians Productions Enzo Williams Historical Drama, Action
English Only, Please Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay Quantum Films, Buchi Boy Films & Tuko Film Productions, MJM Productions Dan Villegas Romance, Comedy
Feng Shui 2 Kris Aquino, Coco Martin Star Cinema & K Productions Chito Roño Horror
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Dingdong Dantes, Isabelle Daza Reality Entertainment, GMA Films & Agostodos Productions Erik Matti Comedy, Horror, Action
Muslim Magnum .357 [5] ER Ejercito, Sam Pinto Scenema Concept International & Viva Films Francis "Jun" Posadas Action
My Big Bossing Ryzza Mae Dizon, Vic Sotto, Marian Rivera, Manilyn Reynes, Nikki Gil, Pauleen Luna, Alonzo Muhlach, Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions & APT Entertainment Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera & Tony Reyes Comedy, Fantasy
Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Matteo Guidicelli, JC De Vera, Erich Gonzales, Lovi Poe Regal Entertainment Dondon Santos, Jerrold Tarog & Perci Intalan Horror

New Wave entries

MMDA started to accept entries for the New Wave category until October 7, 2014.[6] On October 24, 2014, the official list of entries were announced.[7][8] Films were screened on selected cinemas from December 17 to 24, 2014.[9]

Title StarringStudioDirectorGenre
Gemini Sheena McBride, Brigitte McBride, Mon Confiado, Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson, Sarah Gaugler Blackswan Pictures Ato Bautista Psychological thriller
M (Mother's Maiden Name) Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nico Antonio, Dennis Padilla, Gloria Sevilla Eight Films Zig Madamba Dulay Drama
Magkakabaung Allen Dizon, Gladys Reyes, Chanel Latorre, Emilio Garcia ATD Entertainment Productions Jason Paul Laxamana Drama
Maratabat (Pride and Honor) Julio Diaz, Ping Medina, Chanel Latorre Blank Pages Productions Arlyn dela Cruz Political drama
Mulat Jake Cuenca, Ryan Eigenmann, Loren Burgos Dvent Productions Maria Diane Ventura Drama, romance

Student shorts[10]

Animated films

  • Cherry - Dustin Uy
  • Gymsnatch - Eric Dequitos
  • Isip-Bata - Eugene Ceriola & Keith Bercero
  • An Maogmang Lugar - Mary Ann Espedido
  • Shifter - Jerico Fuentes


Major awards

Derek Ramsay, Best Actor winner
Joseph Estrada, Commemorative Award for Vision and Leadership recipient
Francis Tolentino, Special MMFF 40th Year Award recipient
Guillermo de Vega, Special Recognition Award (posthumous) recipient
Nadine Lustre, Face of the Night recipient

The following are the winners of the mainstream category:[11]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Performer Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay Best Original Story
Best Production Design Best Editing
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up Artist
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
Best Sound Engineering Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award
Best Float Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence
Youth Choice Award

Other awards

New Wave category

The following are the winners of the New Wave category:[12]

Multiple awards


The following films received one or more awards:

Awards Film
9 Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
7 English Only, Please
6 Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2
1 My Big Bossing

New Wave

The following films received one or more awards:

Awards Film
3 M (Mother's Maiden Name)
1 Maratabat (Pride and Honor)

Box Office gross

The Metro Manila Development Authority was criticized for releasing incomplete official earnings of each film. This led to some film studios releasing their own earnings.

Entry Gross Ticket Sales
December 25[13][14] January 7[15][16]
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin ₱ 53,300,000* ₱ 402,000,000*
Feng Shui 2 ₱ 31,400,000
My Big Bossing ₱ 28,000,000
English Only, Please
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 ₱ 11,000,000
TOTAL ₱ 1,014,000,000.00


  1. Rowena Tan (December 28, 2014). "'Bonifacio' runs away with nine awards in 40th MMFF". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. "Traffic rerouted for MMFF 'Parade of Stars' Dec 23". Rappler. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  3. Chuck Smith (December 28, 2014). "IN PHOTOS: 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  4. "FIRST READ ON PEP: 13 films submitted for consideration in MMFF 2014". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 13, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  5. MMFF OMNIBUS TRAILER 2014. YouTube. 28 October 2014. Event occurs at 2:43. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  6. "Big Prizes Await Indie Films at the 2014 MMFF New Wave Section". Metro Manila Development Authority. August 7, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  7. "Films of Zsa Zsa Padilla, Jake Cuenca, Allen Dizon included in MMFF 2014 New Wave section". Philippine Entertainment Portal. October 25, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  8. "MMFF finalists". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 27, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  9. "MMFF New Wave 2014 to release independent film finalists". Tempo. October 20, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  10. Mari-An Santos (December 23, 2014). "MMFF 2014 New Wave Guide: Gemini, M (Mother's Maiden Name), Magkakabaung, Maratabat and Mulat". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  11. "MMFF 2014 winners revealed; Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay win top acting awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  12. "'Bonifacio,' 'English Only' win big at 40th MMFF". ABS-CBN News. December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  13. Salve V. Asis (December 27, 2014). "Tinalo si Kris, Praybeyt… naka-P53 M sa unang araw ng MMFF!". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  14. "MMFF Ranking 2014: Tolentino announces Top 4 Films, Total Earnings". The Summit Express. December 26, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  15. "'Praybeyt Benjamin' earnings reach P400M". Star Cinema. January 9, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  16. "MMFF 2014 entries earned P1.014 billion in the box-office". Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 9, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.

External links

Preceded by
2013 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2015 Metro Manila Film Festival
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