From 13 shortlisted films last week, the Metro Manila Film Festival committee trimmed the list down to the final 8 entries.
Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes, ER Ejercito, Cesar Montano, Robin Padilla, Coco Martin, Sam Milby and Nora Aunor are the possible rivals in this year’s 40th Metro Manila Film Festival.
“Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy” took the lead from “My Little Bossings” on the twelfth day of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino.
Blogger Precious Cundangan of Spotlight Theatre Atbp made an analysis why Vice Ganda failed to be no. 1 in MMFF 2013, or at least not yet, compared to his previous MMFF entry “Sisterakas” which broke several box office records.
“My Little Bossings” and “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy” are still neck and neck for MMFF topgrosser title and both films already surpassed P300 million at the box office.
After the “Boy Golden” team expressed their disappointment for the MMFF snub, Piolo Pascual and co-producers of the comedy “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” are now questioning the credibility of the MMFF Awards Committee.
The producers of “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” are not happy with the results of the recent 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night, where it failed to take home a single trophy in the main competition.
Actor Piolo Pascual, along with co-producers Ericson Raymundo, Joyce Bernal and Shayne Sarte, questioned the festival awards in a statement given to ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
“It was very unfortunate that ‘Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel’ and its lead actress, Eugene Domingo, did not get the right recognition due them. Its director, Chris Martinez, was not even nominated based on the merits of the film,” the statement read.
Bernal, who directed the last two “Kimmy Dora” films, was the winning director last Friday for the action flick “10,000 Hours.” Screen veteran Maricel Soriano, meanwhile, was named Best Actress for her role as a devoted mother in the 2nd Best Picture winner “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.”
Domingo, who was named Female Star of the Night, joked in her acceptance speech that the award was a consolation prize for not winning Best Actress.
The producers of “Ang Kiyemeng Prequel,” in their statement, noted that “a lot of people from various sectors in the industry share our sentiment by means of their articles and blogs citing the film’s production excellence.”
Set before the first “Kimmy Dora” film released in 2009, “Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” centers on the title characters portrayed by Domingo as they undergo training for positions in their father’s (Ariel Ureta) company. In the process, the twins compete to win the attention of their supervisor, Rodin (Sam Milby), but are forced to cooperate when a mysterious figure threatens to take down the company.
Several scenes in the film, unlike in the previous installments, prominently feature Kimmy and Dora interacting. With the help of special effects, the two are seen seamlessly overlapping in key scenes.
Winning the most trophies in the technical and creative categories was “10,000 Hours,” which earned prizes for screenplay, cinematography, editing, musical score, sound engineering, visual effects, and production design.
It also won Best Picture, on top of 13 trophies including special awards.
Aside from “Ang Kiyemeng Prequel,” two others main-competition entries — the dance musical “Kaleidoscope World” and the historical biopic “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir” — went home empty-handed from the awards night.
“As producers, we feel what matters more now is that moviegoers enjoy the film and leave the theaters delighted and happy,” the statement from Pascual said.
The last in a three-part film series, according to Domingo, “Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” has consistently ranked fourth among the eight MMFF entries in nationwide earnings since Christmas Day.
As of January 1, it remained in fourth place, trailing “My Little Bossings,” “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” and “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay.”
MMFF 2013 Box Office Results Day 6 – ‘My Little Bossings’ and ‘Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy’ Surpass the P200-M Mark in Less Than 1 Week
MMFF 2013 Box Office Results (Day 6): “My Little Bossings” surpassed the P200 million mark on Dec. 29 while “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy” reached the same figure on the 30th.
It looks like the MMFF 2013 topgrosser “My Little Bossings” is going to have a TV-sitcom adaptation on GMA Network starring Vic Sotto, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Aiza Seguerra, James “Bimby” Aquino and Kris Aquino, who’s being reported to make the big move this 2014.