MMDA Chairman speaks up about MMFF controversy

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metro Manila Development Authority responded to those questioning the results of the Metro Manila Film Festival awards night. “I might probably write a letter to the executive committee para ilabas yung basis of judging.”

He further explained, “Hindi po ako part ng judging, taga-bukas lang po ako ng envelope. Dati kasi pag top grosser ka Best Picture ka na, inalis po natin yan. Hindi po dahil sumali ka nominated ka na. Kailangan makapasa ka doon sa criteria.”

Another buzz surrounding the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival is how it made history in Philippine Cinema with its total gross of 934 million pesos in two weeks.

The awards night, according to Chairman Tolentino, decidedly affected the box office results. For the 11th, 12th and 13th days of the film fest, the top grosser was Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy followed by My Little Bossings. 10,000 Hours, however, nudged Kimmy Dora out of its third slot after 10,000 Hours’ success in the awards night. “Na-dislodge ng 10,000 hours ang Kimmy Dora, siguro nakatulong din ng yung awards night na nag-best picture at maraming awards na nakuha kung kaya’t nahikayat siguro yung iba nating kababayan na panoorin yung 10,000 Hours.”

In the overall rankings though, My Little Bossings is still number one, followed by Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy and Kimmy Dora retained the third spot.

The movies will be shown until January 7, but cinema owners may extend some films like Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy, which has brought in more than 300 million pesos in profits and Pagpag, which has raked in more than a hundred million pesos. Pagpag is, to date, the top grossing horror film in the history of MMFF.