This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) pay tribute to independent films. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair and Metro Manila Filmfest (MMFF) executive committee over-all chair, lawyer Francis Tolentino said five independent films were chosen by a Selection Committee from among the nine independent film producers who submitted their entries in this year’s festival.
Dubbed as a Tribute to the Indie Films-Philippine Premier, the exhibition of these five independent films serve as a prelude to the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival . These movies were Senior Year by Jerrold Tarog; Nasaan si Hefte by Jonah Lim; Presa by Adolf Alix Jr.; Slow Fade by Rommel Sales; and Rindido by Noriel Jarito. The five indie films, which were screened at Robinson's Galleria last Dec.16 to 20, will be for exhibition only and not in competition with the eight official entry mainstream movies.
He said that the event intends to promote quality independent films and to encourage filmmakers with limited budget. “This is our way of helping new filmmakers to showcase their movies and to increase public awareness on these kind of films which are not commercially shown in local theaters but are internationally acclaimed in foreign film festivals,” he added.
By supporting the indie films, the MMFF in effect calls the attention of the movie-going public to take notice and patronize the new breed of filmmakers whose pictures are attuned and relevant to the present times. This will also introduce the indie filmmakers to the viewers outside Metro Manila, which comprise 45 percent of the movie market in the country.
"Presa"(2010)- Stars Anita Linda, Techie Agbayani, Perla Bautista, Angeli Bayani, Ina Feleo, Liza Lorena, Cherry Madrigal, Daria ramirez, Rosanna Roces, Jodi Sta. Maria/ Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
"Senior Year" (2010)- Stars Che Ramos, LJ Moreno, RJ Ledesma, Ina Feleo, Arnold Reyes, Dimples Romana, Ramon Bautista, Aaron Blana, Celina Penaflorida/ Directed by Jerrold Tarog
"Rindido" (2010)- Stars Chanel LaTorre, Vic Tiro, Banjo Romero and Noriel Jarito/ Directed by Noriel Jarito
"Nasaan si Hefte?" (2010)- Stars Darryl Wesley Shaw, Anna Luna, Gina Lumauig, Rommel Luna, Kenneth Dave Go, Patrick Villanueva, Betty Uy-Regala and Ezekeil Gersin/ Directed by Jonah Lim