MANILA —Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which is supposed to have its inaugural summer edition and originally planned to debut in 2020, is still not happening this year, amid record-high surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to MMFF committee spokesperson Noel Ferrer, he said that the group has “decided to forego the Summer MMFF until partner-cinemas are once again open to the public.”
Cinemas nationwide remain closed amid the raging pandemic, as Metro Manila is placed under modified enhanced community quarantine — the second most stringers lockdown measure — until April 30.
The 2020 edition of the regular MMFF in December was held virtually.
Instead of pushing through with the first summer MMFF, the committee is “focusing on the yearend holiday festival,” Ferrer added, detailing the schedule for prospective entries. They are the following:
- Submission of letter of intent: June 30
- Submission of finished film entries, including trailers, behind-the-scenes footage: September 3 (early bird), September 30 (regular deadline)
- Announcement of eight official entries: October 15
“With this, it is the MMFF Execom’s vision to encourage the submission of excellent films that would inspire, uplift and connect to a broader Filipino audience for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival even as we navigate creatively through this present pandemic,” the group said.