'Bot­tom four' MMFF films fight to stay in cine­mas

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The "bot­tom four" en tries of this year’s Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF) on Tues­day urged movie­go­ers to see what their films have to of­fer as they fight to stay in the­aters.

Ac­cord­ing to MMFF spokesper­son Noel Fer­rer, these movies must fill up at least 10% to 20% of the cine­mas where they are be­ing screened so they can stay in the big­ger theat er s.

Oth­er­wise, they will ei­ther be trans­ferred to smaller the­aters or be pulled out of cine­mas.

"This year, ang nang­yari, first two days walang tang­galan. Ta­pos af­ter the sec­ond day, i-aassess whether or not ilala­gay sa mas maliit na the­aters or tatang­galin. Un­til the cer­tain time na may in­ter­est ulit, af­ter the awards night, puwe­deng iba­lik na­man 'yong mga nana­long mga pe­likula," Fer­rer ex­plained.

On Day 3 of the MMFF, the bot­tom four films (in no par­tic­u­lar or­der) “Kabis­era,”“Oro,” “Sav­ing Sally” and “Sun­day Beauty Queen” took to their re­spec­tive Face­book pages ask­ing movie­go­ers to sup­port their films.

The of­fi­cial page of “Kabis­era”posted: “Itaas ang at­ing tinig, ipagla­ban natin ang Kabis­era na mabuk­san pa at maipal­abas sa marami pang sine­han. Hindi lang sa kalakhang Maynila mag­ing sa iba pang mga pr obi nsya.”

As of writ­ing, the Nora Aunor-star­rer is show­ing in 30 cine­mas in Metro Manila, ac­cord­ing to Click The City.

The movie “Oro,” mean­while, ad­mit­ted that it is be­ing screened in fewer the­aters on its third day.

“Nabawasan man kami ng sine­han pero pat­u­loy parin ang la­ban ng ORO!! Punta na sa pinaka­malapit na Mall at man­uod ng Oro ngay­ong araw! Sama­han niyo kami sa la­bang ito,” its post r ead.

Ac­cord­ing to the same post, the movie is cur­rently screen­ing at 27 cine­mas within Metro Mani l a.

It is a dif­fer­ent case for “Sav­ing Sally” which an­nounced that more cine­mas are now screen­ing the quirky film.

“Mga kakampi!!! Dahil sa inyo, nadagda­gan na tayo ng mga sine­han na mag­pa­pal­abas ng am­ing munt­ing pe­likula. Sa mga hindi pa nakakanood, huwag palam­pasin ang pagkakataong masi­layan ang gal­ing ng Pi­noy,” its post read.

The movie is cur­rently show­ing in 40 cine­mas in Metro Manila.

The film “Sun­day Beauty Queen” listed on Face­book all the 30 cine­mas that are cur­rently screen­ing the film.

“THIRD DAY NA NG Sun­day Beauty Queen sa mga sine­han! An of­fi­cial en­try to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val,” its post read.

“Su­por­ta­han po natin ang mga pe­liku­lang kala­hok sa MMFF,” it added.

To fur­ther help the four movies, the MMFF an­nounced that "Sun­day Beauty Queen," "Sav­ing Sally," "Oro," and "Kabis­era" will of­fer a 30% to stu­dents, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), and se­nior ci­ti­zens start­ing Tues­day.

On Mon­day, the MMFF ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee an­nounced the top four earn­ers (in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der) on open­ing day: "Ang Babae sa Sep­tic Tank 2," "Die Beau­ti­ful," "Sek­lusyon" and "Vince and Kath and James."

Ac­cord­ing to Fer­rer, he be­lieves that more movies will earn a profit this year, af­ter the en­tries of pro­duc­tion gi­ants were dropped from the fes­ti­val. Un­like in pre­vi­ous years, Fer­rer said that the 2016 MMFF is more "de­moc­ra­tized".

For this year, Fer­rer said the goal if the MMFF is to give a venue to small pro­duc­tions with great films, which will ben­e­fit not just the au­di­ence but also the in­dus­try and the fes­tiv al .

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