MMFF 2016 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on MMFF 2016


Nora Aunor to 'Oro' director on dog slaughter scene: You're lying

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:55 PM

In a Senate hearing director Alvin Yapan also insists he only wanted to show what was happening in society

Poe: No need for separate indie film fest

Jan 25, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says that contrary to Senator Vicente Sotto III s proposal indie and mainstream films should be shown together at the MMFF

OFWs: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' an eye-opener for families

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Overseas Filipino workers laud the documentary film which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival but struggled to remain in theaters

OFW MOVIE. OFWs, get to watch 'Sunday Beauty Queen' for free, take photo with Director Baby Ruth Villarama, Mylyn Jacobo and OWWA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac.

PAWS files case against 'Oro' over dog slaughter scene

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

If found guilty the Oro team could face two to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to P250 000

'ORO.' The Philippine Animal Welfare Society files a complaint against the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entry. Photo shows 'Oro' star Irma Adlawan, who on Best Actress at the festival for her performance. Screengrab from Facebook/mmffofficial

WATCH: 'Die Beautiful' director releases deleted scenes from movie

Jan 12, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Director Jun Robles Lana posts three deleted scenes from the movie which generates feedback on social media

'Oro' director Alvin Yapan: One dog slaughtered for wake

Jan 11, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Alvin says the controversial scene was shot reality style since the dog was being butchered by locals for a resident s wake

Irma Adlawan speaks up against Liza Diño over 'Oro' issue

Jan 11, 2017 - 12:30 PM

I mean for her to be the chairperson of the FDCP dapat alam niya yung responsibilidad niya Hindi siya dapat nag po post ng gano n [on social media] even before conducting an investigation within

MMFF suspends 'Oro' producers, director over dog slaughter scene

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The MMFF ExeCom also issues a strong reprimand to the Oro production team

Box office update: MMFF 2016 earns P373.3 million – Star Cinema

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED Following Star Cinema s release of the box office gross the MMFF ExeCom says that any figures not released by the committee are unofficial and erroneous

Sotto files Senate resolution for indie film fest

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III wants the MMDA to create a film festival for independent movies saying that the revamped MMFF is prejudicial to regular moviegoers

TITO SOTTO. The senator and actor files a resolution to have an independent film festival during the semestral break. Screengrab from Instagram/helenstito

Directors' Guild to investigate 'Oro' dog slaughter scene

Jan 05, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The DGPI says they will sanction Oro director Alvin Yapan if their investigation finds it appropriate

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Oro' producer speaks up on possible charges over dog slaughter scene

Jan 05, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Handa naman po kami wala po kaming itatago says producer Shandii Bacolod

MMFF 2016: 'Die Beautiful' leads Metro Manila box office

Jan 04, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Vince Kath James leads the provincial box office according to the MMFF ExeCom

Screengrab from YouTube/Regal Films

PH stars, film industry members support MMFF 2016

Jan 03, 2017 - 9:55 PM

John Arcilla Bela Padilla Robin Padilla and more congratulate the stars and organizers of the festival and appeal to viewers to support Philippine cinema

'Oro' rep admits to lying about dog slaughter scene – Liza Diño

Jan 03, 2017 - 8:21 PM

A real dog was killed while filming the movie not a goat with prosthetics as the production s representative previously said

MMFF ExeCom withdraws Fernando Poe Jr Memorial Award from 'Oro'

Jan 03, 2017 - 5:06 PM

The ExeCom says they decided to withdraw the award after consultation with the late FPJ s family

‘Die Beautiful’ Review: Queer and beautiful

Dec 31, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Die Beautiful celebrates an enthrallingly colorful universe where hardships and happiness seamlessly converge writes Oggs Cruz

'Sunday Beauty Queen' stars thank director, MMFF for telling OFWs' stories

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:42 PM

Isang malaking karangalan para sa aming mga domestic helper po to be given a chance na maging bahagi ng [Metro] Manila Film Festival says Mylyn Jacobo one of the OFWs featured in the movie Sunday Beauty Queen

Photo from Facebook/Sunday Beauty Queen

'Oro' actress, real-life Kapitana share MMFF moment

Dec 30, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Kapitana Mercy Sueno thanks the cast and crew of the movie Oro for telling the story of the people of Gata

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

‘Kabisera’ Review: Relevant but frustratingly passive

Dec 30, 2016 - 6:22 PM

Unfortunately the film is just severely underwritten and unimaginatively directed

MMFF executive committee appeals to theater owners for extension

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:27 PM

The MMFF executive committee members note the positive reviews that fueled long queues and heartfelt applause from the audience

IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2016, Gabi ng Parangal

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:45 AM

This year s awards night ends with Sunday Beauty Queen winning Best Picture

MMFF 2016: Meet Rhed Bustamante, child star making waves for 'Seklusyon'

Dec 30, 2016 - 9:19 AM

Rhed Bustamante terrifies many with her performance in Seklusyon – though at 9 years old she can t even watch the film yet


FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2016 Gabi ng Parangal

Dec 29, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Sunday Beauty Queen won Best Picture while Erik Matti won Best Director for Seklusyon Here s the full list of winners of the MMFF 2016

'SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN.' Baby Ruth Villarama's film is the first documentary to win Best Picture at the MMFF. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MMFF 2016: 'Oro' star Irma Adlawan wins Best Actress

Dec 29, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Oro also wins Best Ensemble Cast

MMFF 2016: 'Die Beautiful' star Paolo Ballesteros wins Best Actor

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Paolo also won Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival last November

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MMFF 2016: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' wins Best Picture

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Sunday Beauty Queen is the first ever documentary to make it to the festival and thus is also the first documentary to win the coveted Best Picture Prize

MMFF 2016: 'Oro' wins Best Ensemble Cast

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Irma Adlawan Joem Bascon Mercedes Cabral Sandino Martin and more star in Oro

MMFF 2016: Erik Matti wins Best Director for 'Seklusyon'

Dec 29, 2016 - 10:14 PM

Seklusyon also wins several awards

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough’ Review: Still Funny, still too simplistic

Dec 29, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Sadly it is all still a very simplistic take on the dichotomies that pervade Philippine cinema writes Oggs Cruz

‘Vince & Kath & James’ Review: Formula done right

Dec 29, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Vince Kath James is stubbornly formulaic and as a result its story follows a very predictable trajectory

'Oro' Review: Powerful discourse

Dec 28, 2016 - 6:55 PM

In Oro Alvin Yapan calmly navigates around his narrative planting seeds of tension and discourse in a film that reimagines the massacre of 4 miners

MMFF 2016 films face looming challenge to remain in theaters

Dec 27, 2016 - 11:18 PM

After making it to the Metro Manila Film Festival the productions are now rallying audiences to see their movies in theaters lest they get pulled out

'Sunday Beauty Queen' review: Enthralling reality

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Director Baby Ruth Villarama s MMFF 2016 entry is a must see according to film critic Oggs Cruz

 Screengrab from YouTube/Tuko Film Productions

MMFF 2016: 4 films grant 30% discount to students, senior citizens, PWDs

Dec 27, 2016 - 11:25 AM

4 out of the 8 Metro Manila Film Festival movies grant ticket discounts on the 3rd day of the festival

'SAVING SALLY.' The movie is one of the MMFF 2016 entries that offers a 30% discount to students, senior citizens, and PWDs. Screengrab from YouTube/Avid Liongoren

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 27, 2016

Dec 27, 2016 - 11:25 AM

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Box office update: MMFF 2016 reveals day 1 top grossing films

Dec 26, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 committee releases the Top 4 highest grossing films in the festival so far

Screengrab from YouTube/Regal Films

'Saving Sally' Review: Worth the wait

Dec 26, 2016 - 5:21 PM

It took 12 years to make Saving Sally and the result is an astounding achievement from the intrepid Sally team led by director Avid Liongoren

SAVING SALLY. Marty and Sally's friendship thrives, but sally has a secret. Photo from YouTube/Avid Liongoren

MMFF 2016: 'Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2' tackles the making of a romcom

Dec 25, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Eugene Domingo stars as Eugene Domingo once again in Marlon Rivera s Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: ForeverIsNotEnough

EUGENE DOMINGO AS EUGENE DOMINGO. The comedian stars as herself playing the character Romina in 'Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough.' Screengrab from YouTube/Quantum Films

MMFF 2016: No CEB grade for 'Kabisera,' director speaks up

Dec 24, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Among the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival movies Kabisera is the only one not graded by the Cinema Evaluation Board

Screengrab from Vimeo/Firestarters Manila Productions

MMFF 2016: 'Kabisera,' a layered and complex family drama

Dec 24, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Kabisera starring Nora Aunor was originally submitted to the MMFF 2015 but didn t make it to the lineup

Screengrab from Vimeo/Firestarters Manila Productions

MMFF 2016: Based on true events, 'Oro' brings tough issues to light

Dec 24, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Director Alvin Yapan and the cast of the film talk about their experience doing a story based on killings in Camarines Sur

WATCH: See the floats and the stars at the MMFF 2016 Parade!

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:53 PM

Join us as we hop on the Metro Manila Film Festival parade floats

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities step out at the MMFF 2016 Parade of Stars

Dec 23, 2016 - 2:42 PM

See Paolo Ballesteros Julia Barretto Rhian Ramos and more at the annual Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars

LOOK: Vibrant MMFF 2016 floats from the Parade of Stars

Dec 23, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Check out the photos of each float snapped just before the beginning of the parade

An MMFF 2016 rundown: Why you should watch all 8 entries

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Film critic Oggs Cruz gives a rundown of this year s films in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival

This is a screenshot from the trailer of ‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2,’ starring Eugene Domingo. Screengrab from YouTube/Quantum Films

MMFF 2016: In Erik Matti's 'Seklusyon,' terror comes for you – slowly

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Erik Matti s real horror movie features creaking religious icons 2 newcomers to the scene and an amazing 9 year old with Best Actress potential

'SEKLUSYON.' Erik Matti's 'Seklusyon' is his first MMFF entry since 2015's 'Honor Thy Father.' Screengrab from Facebook/mmffofficial

MMFF 2016: 5 things to know about 'Vince and Kath and James'

Dec 21, 2016 - 4:20 PM

What is a text serye ? Julia Barretto Ronnie Alonte and Joshua Garcia star in a modern romantic movie based on an online series

MMFF 2016: Spot these stars in more than one MMFF film

Dec 21, 2016 - 4:17 PM

These 5 celebrities appear in two different films and roles in the Metro Manila Film Festival

MMFF 2016: 5 things to know about 'Sunday Beauty Queen'

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Sunday Beauty Queen is the first documentary to be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival

Screengrab from YouTube/Tuko Film Productions