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MMFF 2023 Breaks Records with P1.069 Billion Earnings, Prepares for 50th Edition and MIFF in Hollywood

MMFF 2023 Breaks Record
MMFF 2023 Breaks Record

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2023 breaks record, garnering P1.069 billion in gross receipts for its 10 film entries as of January 7. MMDA Acting Chairman and MMFF concurrent overall chairman Atty. Don Artes announced that this achievement surpasses the previous record of P1.061 billion set in 2018, despite having fewer cinemas open this year.

Atty. Artes attributed the festival’s success to the high quality of films and the broadened target audience, expanding from the CDE to the ABC market segments. He noted a significant trend of moviegoers watching multiple films and some revisiting films, reflecting the festival’s appeal.

Looking ahead, preparations are underway for the inaugural Manila International Film Festival (MIFF), set to screen the 2023 MMFF entries in Los Angeles, California, from January 29 to February 2. In addition, the MMFF Committee is planning several activities for the upcoming 50th edition, including a student short film caravan, a short film festival, a coffee-table book publication, and “Cine 50,” featuring top 50 MMFF films screened in select theaters for only P50.

Atty. Artes expressed optimism for the 50th MMFF edition, envisioning bigger and better films to celebrate cinema-goers’ return to theaters and support for local movies. MIFF Consultant and Spokesperson Winston Emano echoed these sentiments. Aiming to continue MMFF’s momentum and spotlight Filipino cinema on a global stage.

MIFF will host gatherings and dialogues between Filipino and American celebrities, filmmakers, and scriptwriters, fostering idea exchange and industry connections. An awards night with a different panel of judges is also planned.

Amidst these developments, the MMFF team is addressing a piracy issue with the film “Rewind,” coordinating with authorities. As well as film producers to combat illegal streaming and distribution. Atty. Artes urged the public to avoid movie piracy and respect the hard work and resources invested by Filipino filmmakers.

Read Also: We Heard You! MMFF Extended; Gross Receipts Now at ₱1-billion


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