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Vice Ganda, Coco, Vic lead stars in Metro filmfest

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Expect a bigger crowd in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.


This as the MMFF executive committee headed by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera announced the first four participants in the filmfest with box office stars Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and Vic Sotto leading the casts.


In making the announcement,  Lumbera said: "So, ang apat na pelikula, inaasahan na doon sa apat na iyon, magiging matagumpay ang festival sa pag-akit sa manonood."


The announcement was made at the MMDA Head Office on EDSA and Orense St., Guadalupe, Makati City, adding the additional four official entries will be announced by September.


The first four official film is led by Vice Ganda's "Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince, and The Perya" of the Star Cinema and Viva Films which also stars Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, and Maymay Entrata. 


The Vice Ganda  will be directed by Barry Gonzalez, whose previous works include "Fangirl Fanboy." 


The other entries are: Coco Martin and Vic Sotto's action comedy "Popo En Jack: The Puliscredibles” under the ” (CCM, MZET and APT Entertainment; Anne Curtis' solo effort with director Yam Laranas, "Aurora" of Viva Films; and the "Girl in the Orange Dress," a Quantum Films production starring Kim Chiu, Jessy Mendiola, Jericho Rosales, Tom Rodriguez, Kit Thompson and Sam Milby. 


Actress and TV host Anne Curtis said she was ecstatic over the selection of "Aurora," as one of the official entries in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). 


The "It's Showtime" shared a teaser poster for the movie which shows her standing on the rocks of a sea shore. 


Details about her newest flick remain scarce, although it was already announced that it will be directed by Yam Laranas, who has worked as cinematographer in several horror movies, reported her mother studio ABS-CBN. 


It is a Viva Films production, and Curtis' third movie this year following the positively reviewed "Sid & Aya: Not A Love Story" and the forthcoming "Buy Bust," scheduled for August. 


Selection Committee headed by  Lumbera said that out of 24 scripts, the first four entries were picked based on the following criteria: 40% artistic excellence; 40% commercial appeal; 10% promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values, and 10% global appeal.


“Our selection committee had a difficult time making our choices given the quality of the films. We have to thank them for their exhaustive and thorough deliberation, for their passion and dedication to make this festival successful,” said Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and MMFF overall chairman Danilo.


“We hope this year’s festival will serve as an instrument for an important change not only for the Filipino cinema, but also for the whole country,” he added.


The next phase for the Full Length Feature category will be the finished film submission. The films with the duly accomplished application forms and complete requirements can be submitted to the MMFF Secretariat until Sept. 21.


The remaining four official entries shall be selected from all submitted finished films to complete the eight official entries to the 2018 MMFF.


The deadline of submission for the Short Film category is on Aug. 31.


Noel Ferrer, MMFF spokeperson, encourages students to enter works to the category.


 Interviewed later by media and the (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Lumbera bared his personal choices among the four initial films.


 “Unang-una, para sa akin yung Aurora at saka yung Girl In The Orange Dress ang pinakamahusay sa puntong nakatutuwa ang takbo ng naratibo at saka may makabuluhang nilalaman ang script,” Lumbera said.


What about the entries of Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto and Coco Martin?


“Siyempre, si Vice Ganda ay garantisado nang makakaakit sa maraming manonood, ganun din sina Vic Sotto,” the national artist said.


“So, ang apat na pelikula, inaasahan na doon sa apat na iyon, magiging matagumpay ang festival sa pag-akit sa manonood,” he added.


Lumbera admitted it was very had to make the selection of the official entries.


“Iyon, ang pagtiyak sa iyong sarili bilang member ng Selection Committee na itong script na ito ay makabuluhan, maganda ang pagkakasulat, at maasahang hahakot ng mga manonood,” he said.


Lumbera said the selection committee went over the scripts at least for one month of at least 20 possible entries. “Yes. Bale one script a day,” he said.

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