Mike de Leon snubs 2017 MMFF

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di­rec­tor Mike de Leon chose not to sub­mit his film "Ci­ti­zen Jake" for con­sid­er­a­tion for this year's Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val.

In an of­fi­cial state­ment re­leased by De Leon on the movie's of­fi­cial Face­book page, he said he opted not to sub­mit the project af­ter the "anoma­lous se­lec­tion process that oc­curred months ago".

"I can cat­e­gor­i­cally state that 'Ci­ti­zen Jake' is not join­ing, bet­ter still, not even con­sid­er­ing join­ing the Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val in 2017. Ever since the anoma­lous se­lec­tion process oc­curred months ago that re­sulted in four films be­ing selected based on scripts, I re­al­ized that any re­forms well-in­ten­tioned film­mak­ers may clamor for are only doomed to fail­ure," the state­ment read.

To re­call, the MMFF an­nounced in June the first four films in com­pe­ti­tion for the 2017 MMFF.

The four films are "Ang Pan­day" di­rected and top­pled by Coco Martin, "Al­most Is Not Enough" star­ring Jen­ny­lyn Mer­cado and Jeri­cho Ros­ales, Joyce Ber­nal's "The Re­vengers" fea­tur­ing Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach, and "Love Traps #Fam­ily Goals" star­ring Dawn Zu­lueta and Vic Sotto.

Af­ter the four films were an­nounced, some mem­bers of the MMFF ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­signed from their posts as a sign of protest to the se­lec­tion process.

De Leon said he can­not join the com­pe­ti­tion as cor­rup­tion had crept in again in the an­nual film fes­ti­val.

"Cor­rup­tion has re­turned in full force to this fes­ti­val that pur­ports to make chil­dren happy dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, a eu­phemism for profit and greed," he said.

He asks for sup­port from movie­go­ers and said that his film is not per­fect but it is a "good, hon­est film".

"My film may be fic­tion but it is based on truths we ig­nore at our own risk. It should be seen by its orig­i­nal ver­sion, with­out cuts and with­out com­pro­mise," he added.

"Ci­ti­zen Jake" is De Leon's come­back film af­ter 17 years.

It is head­lined by broad­cast jour­nal­ist Atom Araullo op­po­site Gabby Ei­gen­mann, Max Collins, Luis Alandy, Nonie Buen­camino, Dina Bon­nevie and Cherie Gil.

The 2017 MMFF will kick-off on De­cem­ber 25, Christ­mas Day.

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