MMFF 2023 reaches P1B earnings, extends screenings for all 10 films


Good news, moviegoers!

In response to the demand from the public, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) happily announced the extension of the theatrical run for its 10 featured films after the collective box-office earnings reached P1 billion.

The 10 movies in this year’s lineup are “A Family of 2 (A Mother and Son Story),” “(K)Ampon,” “Penduko,” “Rewind,” “Becky and Badette,” “Broken Heart’s Trip,” “Firefly,” “GomBurZa,” “Mallari,” and “When I Met You in Tokyo.”

Atty. Don Artes, the acting chairman of MMDA and MMFF overall concurrent chairman, shared in a statement that due to “numerous calls and social media requests”, they have decided to extend the screening of the MMFF 2023 films, which was initially set to conclude yesterday, Jan. 7, 2024.

“We at the MMFF would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have supported us and watched the movie entries, particularly those who requested for the MMFF movies to extend beyond its original run,” read Atty. Artes’ message.

“Marami pong salamat sa inyong patuloy na pagtangkilik. Moviegoers, may mga karagdagang araw pa para panoorin lahat ng MMFF entries,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, MMFF spokesperson Noel Ferrer revealed that the 49th MMFF has already achieved a remarkable one billion in earnings to date, surpassing the 2022 festival’s P500 million.

Atty. Artes also expressed hope that the earnings would continue to rise as more moviegoers enjoy the film entries.

“Truly, this year’s MMFF is a certified box office hit. This is a good sign as we gear up for the Manila International Film Festival (MIFF),” stated Atty. Artes.

The 10 official entries will be also screened at the inaugural MIFF from January 29 to February 2, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.

This year’s MMFF is presented in partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, primarily aimed at promoting and preserving Philippine cinema.

Proceeds from the MMFF contribute to various beneficiaries in the film industry, including the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund), the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, the Optical Media Board, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Patricia Dela Roca
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