39th Metro Manila Film Festival Kicks Off Today

The 39th Metro Manila Film Festival logo (Photo credit: MMFF's official website/Rappler)

All movie houses are expected to be jam-packed with movie patrons starting today as the eight entries of the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival are officially shown in all the cinemas nationwide.

Prior to the exhibition proper, the stars from the competing entries participated in a “Parade of the Stars” held 2 p.m. of Sunday, December 22.

Also, starting this year, the film festival will show the New Wave Full Feature films.  These are five full-feature, independently-produced films, which will be shown at selected cinemas from December 18-24.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, which is the festival organizer, also debut the “cinephone competition,” a nationwide cellphone movie-making contest, where six winners are selected by the a contest jury, and awarded at the MMFF awards night.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino called the public to support all the movies, as part of the proceeds will benefit the victims and survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

In the mainstream category, eight pictures will vie for the box office and best movie awards on December 27, 2013: 10,000 hours; Boy Golden: Shoot To K**l; Kaleidoscope World; Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel; Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy; My Little Bossings; Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir; and Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay (see their trailers by clicking their respective links).

The previously-announced entries My Super Kap, and Be Careful With My Heart are out of the competition after their respective producers withdrew from the competitions, citing “conflicts in schedule” as one of the main reasons.

The 39th Metro Manila Film Festival will be held from December 25 until January 8, 2014.

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