President Duterte has expressed support for the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) as the festival goes online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a presidential message, Duterte expressed hope that despite the challenges, the MMFF will continue to be a “beacon of hope” for Philippine cinema.
“May the festival continues to be a beacon of hope for the advancement of Philippine cinema and for the growth as a nation,” he said.
“Mabuhay ang Metro Manila Film Festival. Mabuhay ang talentong Pilipino!” he added.
The President recognized that the MMFF has been an annual tradition of Filipino families during the Christmas season and it does not have to be put on hold due to the pandemic.
“This annual tradition which began in 1975 has given the Filipino audience the time to enjoy the holidays with their families and friends at the cinemas,” Duterte said.
“This year, festival entries will be shown online so that you can see them with your families in the safety of our homes,” he added.
According to President Duterte, the MMFF is the pioneer and foremost event for Philippine cinema that “showcases the best Filipino filmmaking” and how it compares with the rest of the world.
“Throughout this illustrious history, the Metro Manila Film Festival has given us memorable films that convey the richness of our culture and heritage,” he said.
The MMFF has partnered with Globe to stream the festival movies online starting December 25 via UPSTREAM PH. The 10 movies in this year’s line-up are:
1. “Coming Home” starring Jinggoy Estrada and Sylvia Sanchez
2. “Fan Girl” starring Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino
3. “Isa Pang Bahaghari” starring Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador, and Michael de Mesa
4. “Magikland” starring Bibeth Orteza, Jun Orbano, and Miggs Cuaderno
5. “Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim” starring Vhong Navarro, Jaclyn Jose, and Barbie Imperial
6. “Pakboys Takusa” starring Janno Gibbs, Andrew E., Dennis Padilla, and Jerald Napoles
7. “Suarez: The Healing Priest” starring John Arcilla
8. “Tagpuan” starring Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas, and Shaina Magdayao
9. “The Boys Foretold by the Stars” starring Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson
10. “The Missing” starring Ritz Azul, Joseph Marco, and Miles Ocampo
According to MMFF’s exclusive partner Globe, all 10 films of the 2020 MMFF will be made available by UPSTREAM via streaming here and internationally from December 25, 2020 to January 7, 2021.
In a Facebook post, UPSTREAM PH said that viewers can start booking their tickets on December 7 for those in the Philippines while those overseas can book their tickets on December 18.
Tickets are priced at P250 per film and can be purchased on Globe’s GMovies.