3 Executive committee members resign; disappointed over MMFF’s movie picks in upcoming Film Festival?

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Renowned Filipino director Erik Matti dropped a bomb with a potential of having endless arguments online, when he posted an intriguing “breaking news” on his Facebook page on Saturday.

He said on his Facebook post: “Breaking news: 3 Execom members of the new improved but still classic #MMFF2017 resigned yesterday on the same day the first 4 entries that were based on scripts were announced. We haven’t heard any explanations yet from Rolando Tolentino Ricky Lee and Ms Kara Magsanoc Alikpala on why they resigned. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY RESIGNED? Post your answers below.”

Breaking news: 3 Execom members of the new improved but still classic #MMFF2017 resigned yesterday on the same day the…

Posted by Erik Matti on Saturday, July 1, 2017

The filmmaker said three members of the MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) Execom (Executive Committee) — namely academician Rolando Tolentino, scriptwriter Ricky Lee and broadcast journalist Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala — handed their resignations on Friday, June 30, the same date the first four entries of the upcoming MMFF  was announced.

From the 26 screenplays submitted to MMFF for consideration, four films were initially selected by the MMFF selection committee, namely “Ang Panday,” “Almost is Not Enough,” “The Revengers” and “Love Traps #FamilyGoals.”

Three of the four ‘chosen’ films, “The Revengers,” “Ang Panday” and “Love Traps #FamilyGoals” were respectively headlined by stars Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and Vic Sotto, whose entries last year were rejected by a reformist selection committee that valued ‘artistry’ over ‘commercial’ interests.

Metro Manila Development Authority general manager Thomas ‘Tim’ Orbos confirmed the resignation of the Execom members. He told InterAksyon: “Basically we respect their decision to resign despite the fact that the selection process is not yet over.”

In Rolando Tolentino’s tweets, he expressed his displeasure over the selected films:

Ricky Lee later confirmed that he, too, resigned from MMFF Execom.

In a Facebook post on Sunday morning, the renowned screenwriter explained his decision:

“Sa mga nagtataka at nagtatanong kung bakit ako nag-resign bilang miyembro ng Execom ng MMFF, simple lang naman ang sagot. Noong una pa man nang pumayag akong sumali, nag-decide na ako na mag-i-stay lang ako kung ipagpapatuloy nito ang nasimulan nang reforms ng 2016. Sa nagiging takbo ng mga pangyayari ngayon ay mukhang malabo na iyong mangyari. Kaya wala na ring dahilan para mag-stay pa ako.”

He said that to those wondering why he resigned as a member of the MMFF, he only agreed to join and stay on in the committee if the reforms started in 2016 will be continued. And with the recent turn of events, it seems that the reforms are not to continue. So there is no more reason for him to stay.

Sa mga nagtataka at nagtatanong kung bakit ako nag-resign bilang miyembro ng Execom ng MMFF, simple lang naman ang…

Posted by Ricky Lee on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reports say that even before the now controversial announcement of the first four entries, there have been plenty of “warning signs” but the three Execom members who resigned stayed for as long as they can “to safeguard the hard-earned gains from last year.”

Film Development Council of the Philippines chair Liza Diño-Seguerra, who is a member of the MMFF Execom herself, told InterAksyon that the resignations are “very much related to the results of the selection.”

A second batch of four entries — to be selected from a field of finished films to be submitted on or before October 2 — will be announced on November 17 to complete the ‘magic 8’.

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