The parade of stars for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will be held in Quezon City on Dec. 21, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday.
Organizers brought new partners to make the 48th edition of the film festival dubbed “Balik Saya sa MMFF 2022” more thrilling for film makers and moviegoers.
The parade, featuring floats carrying celebrities of the film festival’s entries, will start from Welcome Rotunda to Quezon Memorial Circle at 2 p.m. of Dec. 21. It will run for seven kilometers, with an estimated travel time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Staging area for the floats of eight official entries will be along E. Rodriguez to D. Tuazon. MMDA traffic enforcers will assist on the sidelines of the parade route for crowd control.
Meanwhile, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced it will be providing funds worth P500,000 to help in marketing the films through CreatePHFilms, for each film producer whose entries made it to the MMFF 2022.
The FDCP’s CreatePHFilms Funding Program is designed to provide support to filmmakers, producers, and distributors in all stages of filmmaking to complement their efforts to produce quality Filipino films.
The MMFF also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with BingoPlus, an online bingo game platform, to be the film festival presenter.
“This year’s festival promises an exciting selection of films for all moviegoers. It offers a wide variety of genres that will complete the tradition of Filipinos going to the cinemas during the holiday season,” said Romando Artes, MMDA and MMFF Over-all Chairman during a meeting with the film producers, marketing team, and the parade committee on Wednesday.
The eight official entries to the MMFF 2022 are: “Deleter” by Viva Communications, Inc.; “Family Matters” by Cineko Productions, Inc.; “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” by Borracho Film Production; “My Father, Myself” by 3:16 Media Network and Mentorque Productions; “Nanahimik ang Gabi” by Rein Entertainment Productions; “Partners in Crime” by ABS-CBN Film Productions; “Labyu with an Accent” by ABS-CBN Film Productions and “My Teacher” by TEN17P.
The 48th MMFF will run in theaters nationwide from Dec. 25, 2022 until Jan. 7, 2023 while the Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) is set on Dec. 27 at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, also in Quezon City.
In 2021, the MMFF parade of stars held via fluvial parade that highlighted the beauty of Pasig River.