Acting Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Atty. Romando “Don” Artes, who is also the MMFF chairman, revealed that the ongoing 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival is a certified box-office hit in terms of box-office sales.
“We’re on our way. But we are not there yet.”
Artes looked back at the MMFF’s highs and lows the past few years.
In 2018, MMFF achieved its historic record with more than ₱1 billion in gross sales. In 2019, despite the challenges, the MMFF got ₱900 million in gross sales. But the pandemic got in the way and the MMFF was a victim of film piracy.
Following the initial success of the MMFF which will run until Jan. 7, 2023, Artes announced that the MMDA will launch the summer film festival next year. “It will begin on Black Saturday in April 2023 and will end after two Sundays.”
The decision to launch another film festival was based on consultations with industry experts who also believe that we’re ready for another filmfest.
“I expect your full support of this project and I invite you again to join the summer filmfest. Magtulungan tayong lahat at sa ating pagsasama, muling babangon ang pelikulang Pilipino, Artes said. (I expect your full support of this project and I invite you again to join the summer filmfest. Let’s all work together. And together, the Filipino film industry will rise again,” Artes said.
“Nanahimik Ang Gabi” star Ian Veneracion was named Best Actor, while Nadine Lustre of “Deleter” was proclaimed the Best Actress.
Veteran actress Vilma Santos-Recto was honored with the Marichu Vera-Perez Memorial Award, while the film Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told received the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.
Here’s the full list of winners:
- Best Float: My Father, Myself
- Best Child Performer: Shawn Niño Gabriel, My Father, Myself
- Best Sound: Deleter
- Best Musical Score: Greg Rodriguez III, Nanahimik Ang Gabi
- Best Original Theme Song: “Ang Aking Mahal,” Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told
- Best Visual Effects: Deleter
- Best Production Design: Nananahimik Ang Gabi
- Best Editing: Nikolas Red, Deleter
- Best Cinematography: Deleter
- Gender Sensitivity: My Teacher
- Stars of the Night: Ian Veneracion, Nadine Lustre
- Marichu Vera-Perez Memorial Award: Vilma Santos-Recto
- Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told
- Best Screenplay: Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told
- Best Supporting Actress: Dimples Romana, My Father, Myself
- Best Supporting Actor: Mon Confiado, Nanahimik Ang Gabi
- Best Director: Mikhail Red, Deleter
- Best Actor: Ian Veneracion, Nanahimik Ang Gabi
- Best Actress: Nadine Lustre, Deleter
- 3rd Best Picture: Nanahimik Ang Gabi
- 2nd Best Picture: Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told
- Best Picture: Deleter
The MMFF will run in theaters until January 7, 2023.