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12.27.2004
:: Protest ::
** stolen from _fiction_ **
Note: If you agree and choose to participate in the boycott, email your name to: petitionmmff@gmail.com
WHY I WON'T WATCH ANY FILMS IN THE METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL
Alexis Tioseco

It has long been said that Philippine Cinema is on its death-bed. This statement is incorrect. The Philippine film industry, not Cinema as a whole, is; and rightly so. Hundreds of millions of pesos are wasted by the Film Industry investing in works that can not hold a candle to smaller, independent productions, both long (Lav Diaz's towering achievements: the 5-hour "Batang West Side" and the 11-hour "Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino," which has screened in New York and Toronto, and will also be travelling to Rotterdam and Goteborg) and short (Sherad Anthony Sanchez's 11-minute "Apple," a powerful, moving elegy on the loss of youth and innocence through child-prostitution, premiering in Rotterdam this January alongside "Ebolusyon" and works by Khavn Dela Cruz and Rox Lee) that are invested with passion and made with purpose.

Earlier this year I wrote I an article about the Metro Manila Film Festival for Indiefilipino.com (http://film.indiefilipino.com/item.php?id=118), lamenting not just the lack of desire to show quality films, but also the ridiculous selection process of the "festival". Said article can be read at the end of this email.

This year's festival is an even bigger mockery than the last, with 4 of the 8 participating films being produced or co-produced by Regal Films head Mother Lily and 3 films being directed by Joel Lamangan.

How is that for pushing for a progressive diverse cinema?

The Philippine Film Industry is on its death-bed...the Metro Manila Film Festival is holding the last nail to seal its coffin. The audience holds the hammer.

If you want to see the best of what Philippine Cinema has to offer, if you want stand up for the choice of better movies, better values, and a better cinema, do not watch any of the films in the Metro Manila Film Festival. I certainly won't.

P.S.
The Breakfast Show on Studio 23 will be airing a special episode dedicated to Philippine Independent Cinema in 2004, 6:30-8:00am this Friday December 31.

If you would like to see and hear from the filmmakers behind some of the best and most interesting works in Philippine Cinema in 2004, tune-in. Featured guests are Khavn Dela Cruz ("Ang Pamilyang Kumakain ng Lupa"), John Torres ("Salat" and "Tawid Gutom"), Pam Miras ("Blood Bank"), Lav Diaz ("Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino"), Rox Lee ("Romeo Must Rock"), "Bunso" by Ditsi Carolino (film discussed, filmmaker not present), Mes De Guzman ("Diliman") and Raya Martin ("The Island at the End of the World").

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i agree that most locally produced movies are bad in quality. but boycotting the films showing in this festival won't help either. the reason why there are only a handful of directors/producers in this festival is because they are ones left with the money to make a movie.

the filmfest targets massive viewership of the movies. among its aim is to make money- money that could be used to make movies the coming years.

the better way to influence the production of quality movies is to keep on writing the film authorities. write-ups may influence the "masa" to choose movies intelligently. let us help publicize the films we think are good.

Subtle Afterthoughts

by Blogger Jayson @ 06:21  
"the reason why there are only a handful of directors/producers in this festival is because they are ones left with the money to make a movie."

i appreciate your other sentiments but this statement is entirely false. here is the list of submitted screenplays/proposals. (http://www.journal.com.ph/news.asp?pid=2&sid=5&nid=8043&month=8&day=3&year=2004)
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THE Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee headed by MMDA Chairman, Bayani Fernando and over-all chairman of the film festival this year has announced the twenty seven screenplays submitted by the production companies.

The screenplays are as follows: CM Films ` "Panaghoy sa Suba" (Cesar Montano, Jacky Woo, Juliana Palermo) directed by Cesar Montano; Angora Films International ` "Sa Pagkagat ng Dilim" (Jay Manalo, Aleck Bovick) directed by Jeffrey Jeturian; LGM Production ` "Wanted: Dead But Alive" (Leo Martinez, Jeffrey Quizon, Paolo Contis, Nancy Castiglione) directed by Tony Reyes; Violett Films ` "Guarida de Honor" (Jericho Rosales, Iza Calzado, Eddie Garcia) directed by Mel Chionglo and "Black Eye" (Richard Gomez, Ara Mina Albert Martinez, Jiro Manio) directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes;

Imus Production ` "Star Walker" (Jolo Revilla, Shaina Magdayao, Sarah Geronimo, Rainer Castillo) directed by Peque Gallaga; Seiko Films, Inc. ` "Bikini Open" (Christian Vasquez, Alfred Vargas, Diana Zuburi, Cherry Pie Picache) directed by Jeffrey Jeturian; MLR Films ` "Minsan Pa" (Jomari Yllana, Ara Mina) directed by Jeffrey Jeturian; Big Mango Studio Production ` "Full House" (Albert Martinez, Edu Manzano, Johnny Delgado, Dina Bonnevie, Joyce Jimenez, Maui Taylor) directed by Albert Martinez.

Genesis Entertainment ` "Anino ni Amanda" (Piolo Pascual or Jericho Rosales or Marvin Agustin, Judy Ann Santos or Claudine Barretto) directed by Joyce Bernal; Teamwork Production ` "Once Upon A Life" (Oyo Boy Sotto, Ricky Davao, Raymond Bagatsing, Angel Aquino, Cherry Pie Picache, Iya Villania) directed by Gil Portes; Maverick Films , Inc. ` "Kulas Madulas" (choices of Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Andrew E., Cindy Kurleto, Iza Calzado, Angel Locsin) directed by Edgardo Vinarao; Canary Films ` "Bulong" (Spirit of the Glass) ` (Dingdong Dantes, Marvin Agustin, Rica Peralejo, Alessandra de Rossi, Marvin agustin, Paolo Contis and Ana Capri) directed by Jose Javier Reyes; Apache King Films ` "Me King" (Derek Dee, Ian Veneracion, Jolina Magdangal, Maricar de Mesa, John Regala, Ryan Eigenmann, Asia Agcaoile) directed by Toto Natividad.

Red Sun Productions ` "Nino" (Eddie Garcia, Kurt Perez, Tony Ferrer, Robert Arevalo, Charlie Davao, Marissa del Mar) directed by Romy V. Suzara; RNB Films ` "Pinalakang Tabing" (Eddie Garcia, Maricel Soriano, Ricky Davao, Dan Alvaro, Armida Siguion Reyna, Gloria Romero) directed by Elson Montalbo; Viva Productions, Inc. ` "Lastikman" (Hero Angeles, Sarah Geronimo, Christopher de Leon, Edu Manzano, Mark Bautista, Geoffrey Eigenmann, Ricky Davao) directed by Mac Alejandre; Octo Arts Films ` "Enteng Kabisote" (Vic Sotto, Michael V. Kristine Hermosa, Alice Dixson, Aiza Seguerra, Oyo Boy Sotto) directed by Tony Reyes.

ALV Eevents Int'l. ` "The Ark" (Vhong Navarro, Streetboys) directed by Chito Roño; Regal Entertainment ` "Que Sera Sera" (Eric Quizon, Kris Aquino, Mark Herreras, Rainier Castillo) directed by Joel Lamangan; MegaVision ` "Sigaw" (Richard Gutierrez, Jomari Yllana, Iza Calzado, Angel Locsin, James Blanco, Ronnie Lazaro) directed by Yam Laranas; MAQ Productions, Inc. ` "Mano Po 3" (Vilma Santos, Judy Ann Santos, Christopher de Leon, Jay Manalo) directed by Joel Lamangan; Basfilm Productions, Inc. ` "Aishite Masu 194 (Raymart Santiago, Judy Ann Santos, Dennis Trillo) directed by Joel Lamangan; Hinabing Pangarap, Inc. ` "Mekaniko ni Monica" (Ralph Leonardo, Lolanda Palma directed by Cesar Hernando; JMCN Productions ` "Heremias" (Ronnie Lazaro) directed by Lav Diaz; ABS-CBN Productions, Inc./Star Cinema ` "Lihim" (Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, Claudine Barretto, Hilda Koronel, Gloria Diaz, Dante Rivero) directed by Rafael "Cholo" Laurel and "D'Anothers" ` (Vhong Navarro, Hero Angeles, Sandara Park, Joross Gamboa, Roxanne Guinoo) directed by Joyce Bernal.

by Blogger Alexis @ 09:39  
oh great, alexis---the fact that the event is pre-screened by a government committee makes me feel better about it. i am sure that they *really* have the long-term progress of the film industry at heart :)

by Blogger emer @ 10:33  
i strongly doubt that the filipino movie industry is so impoverished that nobody can afford to produce films anymore. besides, the MMFF could be a venue for different films. instead of showing movies produced specifically for the festival, why not screen filipino classics or showcase young filmmmakers?

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