Gross sales of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2022 has reached P500 million, MMFF Chairman Atty. Romando Artes of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Monday.
“We are delighted to announce that we were able to reach our target gross sales amounting to P500 million considering that we are still recovering from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the 2022 MMFF is a certified box-office hit,” said Artes, who is also the MMFF overall chairman.
Likewise, Artes mentioned the “Top 4 MMFF 2022” official entries, based on the gross sales receipts, in alphabetical order, which are the following: Deleter, Family Matters, Labyu with an Accent, and Partners in Crime.
With the theme “Balik Saya,” all the eight films were shown in cinemas nationwide from December 25, 2022, up to January 7, 2023, and now being extended until January 13, 2023.
“Rest assured that the MMFF will exert all efforts by encouraging our stakeholders, especially the local entertainment industry, to create quality films. I urge each and every one of you to patronize Filipino films,” Artes said.
The 2022 MMFF Parade of Stars, which featured the floats of the eight entries carrying the celebrities of the film festival’s official entries, was held on December 21, 2022, hosted by the local government of Quezon City.
On the other hand, the 2022 MMFF Awards Night, which was held on December 27, 2022 at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, was, likewise, successfully conducted.
Metro Manila summer film festival
Artes, meanwhile, said the MMDA would launch the Metro Manila Summer Film Festival in April, in partnership with Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
“We will release the deadline of submission of entries as early as we can so that interested producers and filmmakers may be guided accordingly,” Artes said.
The Parade of Stars for the MMFF Summer Edition will be held on April 1, while the Awards Night will take place on April 11.
The Metro Manila Summer Film Festival will run for an 11-day period, from April 8 (Black Saturday) to April 18, in cinemas nationwide.
Image credits: Quezon City Government Facebook page