Bancom Audiovision's Kisapmata, a movie about a deranged retired policeman, won ten of the 13 awards in the 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival--- Best Picture; Vic Silayan (Best Actor); Jay Ilagan (Best Supporting Actor); Charito Solis (Best Supporting Actress); Mike de Leon (Best Director); Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., Racquel Villavicencio and Mike de Leon (Best Screenplay and Story); Jess Navarro (Best Editing); Best Production Design and Best Sound Engineering.
Vilma Santos was named Best Actress for her role in Sining Silangan's Karma. Other awards went to Ver Reyes (Best Cinematography/ Pagbabalik ng Panday); Bentot, Jr. and Dranreb Belleza in a tie for Best Child Performer in Pagbabalik ng Panday and Kapitan Kidlat respectively.
FPJ Productions' Pagbabalik ng Panday was the top grosser of the festival.
Movie Review: Kisapmata by Francis Cruz
"Kisapmata" (1981)- Stars Charito Solis, Jay Ilagan, Vic Silayan and Charo Santos/ with Ruben Rustia, Juan Rodrigo/ Directed by Mike de Leon
"Pagbabalik ng Panday" (1981)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Tina Revilla, Bentot, Jr., Rosemarie Gil, Lito Anzures, Jose Romulo, Lilian Laing and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ronwaldo Reyes
"Rock n' Roll" (1981)- Stars Nora Aunor, Lloyd Samartino, Mark Gil and Ricky Davao/ Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes
"Karma" (1981)- Stars Vilma Santos, Ronaldo Valdez, Chanda Romero, Tommy Abuel/ Directed by Danny Zialcita
"Kapitan Kidlat" (1981)- Stars Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanda Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Dranreb Belleza, Michael de Mesa and Rio Locsin/ Introducing Carlo Gabriel/ Directed by Emmanuel Borlaza
"Kamlon" (1981)- Stars Ramon Revilla, Anthony Alonzo, Isabel Rivas, Rosemarie de Vera, Eddie Garcia, George Estregan, Nick Romano, Arnold Mendoza, Laarni Enriquez/ Directed by Jose Yandoc
"Init O' Lamig" (1981)- Stars Charito Solis, Dindo Fernando, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanda Romero and Gina Alajar/ Directed by Eddie Rodriguez
"Indio" (1981)- Stars Dante Varona, Chiqui Hollmann, Lirio Vital, Romy Diaz, Subas Herrero, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Odette Khan, Dave Brodett/ Directed by Carlo J. Caparas
"Ang Babae sa Ulog" (1981)- Stars Ricky Belmonte, Jean Saburit, Maria Victoria, Yasmin Ayesa, Alan Bautista, Karen Lopez/ Directed by Ed Palmos
"Tropang Bulilit" (1981)- Stars Nino Muhlach, Sheryl Cruz, Andrea Bautista, Janice dec Belen and Lea Salonga/ with Donna Villa, Lloyd Samartino, Manny Luna/ Directed by J. Erastheo Navoa