How do you solve a problem like the MMFF? (CNN Philippines)

Shinji Manlangit wrote an article on the issues surrounding the Metro Manila Film Festival and possible solutions moving forward. He asked several stakeholders from the industry, myself included, to give their insights and I’m happy to be a part of this rather sobering look into the controversial annual festival.

Read the article here: How do you solve a problem like the MMFF? (CNN Philippines).


I talked about Ang Larawan a bit and how the theater owners shoved it aside for stronger playing films in this year’s MMFF

It’s quite nice to be quoted in an article rather than having to be the one to write it. I feel like it legitimizes my place in the industry and it gives me confidence that all the work I’ve done in the past ten, twelve years has given me this position to speak with some authority and confidence about the industry.

As an artist, you are always afraid that you don’t have any impact whatsoever in your own community and I’ve worked so hard to have opinions that are grounded in real life experiences and first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of this world of Philippine cinema.

As a scriptwriter, a film reviewer, and a Scriptwriting teacher, I am part of the machine that makes up the Philippine film industry. I am constantly contributing to its development and growth. Or at least, I hope I am.

That’s the goal. That’s the world that I want to be a part of. Being part of an article like this really helps cement that.



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