The annual Metro Manila Film Festival will push through albeit virtually, from December 25 until the second week of January next year, to be hosted by Quezon City.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the festival’s organizer, partnered with Globe Telecom and streaming platform Upstream in order to air the entries online.
The annual event traditionally kicks off with the Parade of Stars, which this year will be held in the Quezon City Elliptical Circle. The parade will feature the actors and actresses who star in each of the eight entries, while social distancing is strictly enforced.
The Gabi ng Parangal will be held on December 27, with a tentative venue at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. A courier will be assigned to deliver trophies to the winners who may abstain from attending the event due to limited capacity.
The festival’s executive committee co-chair Romando Artes said that these events will also be streamed online.
As of writing, half of the entries have been named: Magikland starring Jun Urbano and Migs Cuaderno, among others; Praybet Benjamin 3 top-billed by Vice Ganda; comedy-horror flick, The Exorcism of My Siszums starring sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga; and Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan starring Joshua Garcia and Angie Ferro.
Tickets for this year’s film festival will be sold by Globe Telecom subsidiary G-Movies, on November 14 onwards, for P250 per entry, allowing one family to view the movie at the price of one. LNLOGARTA