The annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has released the first four scripts that made the cut. 

Bienvenido Lumbrera, National Artist for Literature and head of the screening committee, said that the entries were selected in accordance to the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence (40%)
  • Commercial appeal (40%)
  • Filipino cultural sensibility (10%)
  • Global appeal (10%)

Here’s what you can expect from the first four:

MMFF 2019 Announcement of the first four (4) Official Entries

Nai-post ni Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official noong Miyerkules, Hulyo 10, 2019

Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity stars Kapuso actors Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza. The film seems to be a parody of action films Mission: Impossible and The Bourne Identity.

Momolland is a fantasy film starring It’s Showtime hosts Anne Curtis and Vice Ganda. 

Miracle in Cell #7 is a Filipino adaptation of the box office hit Korean film. The star-studded cast consists of Aga Muhlach, Bella Padilla, Joel Torre, Jojit Lorenzo, Mon Confiado, Soliman Cruz and JC Santos. 

Sunod, a horror film starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa and Kate Alejandrino, replaced ‘(K)ampon’, which was meant to be Kris Aquino’s silver screen comeback. 

The MMFF disqualified the film after a request for a change of lead actor went beyond the deadline.

The second batch of films to complete the “Magic 8” will be selected from a pool of finished films.