Did you know that it has been 41 years since Metro Manila Film Festival is around giving holiday season entertainment for the whole family every time this month of December comes?
And for the first time, MMFF, with a groundbreaking deal with Asia’s largest video-on-demand service HOOQ, will feature this year’s finest entries for the New Wave category which will be simultaneously available in theaters and online, exclusively through HOOQ.
The partnership deal is geared towards promoting quality Philippine entertainment and to screen a selection of the official entries on the app.
HOOQ is the exclusive presenter for the 41st MMFF this year.
“Some of the most inventive techniques are shown in short films,” said Jane Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager. “We’re very proud to showcase this and the creativity and talent of Filipino filmmakers.”
HOOQ and MMFF have come together to address the growing needs of the digital natives to consume content at their own time; through streaming and download of the finalists’ animation and short film entries.
The MMFF New Wave category has been around since 2010 to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their entries and the chance to take home prize money that could potentially be used to fund future film projects.
This year’s finalists were selected by a jury out of hundreds of national submissions which was then trimmed down to five finalists each. The entries for short film include Daisy, Ding Mangasyas (Tough Guys), Lapis, Momento, and Mumu. The entries for animation include The Seed, Buttons, Little Lights, Geo, and Alamat ng Giraffe.
Each film is under 10 minutes and will be screened from December 17 to 24 at Glorietta 4, Robinsons Movie World Ermita, and SM Megamall. All ten entries will be available on HOOQ from December 18. There’s one for example, Alamat ng Giraffe, that runs for 1:31 minutes time only.
We’ve already seen Alamat ng Giraffe, The Seed, Buttons, Lapis, Momento, and Little Lights on HOOQ through our subscription and they’re all entertaining to watch.
In addition to the New Wave shorts and animated films for this year, HOOQ has close to a hundred MMFF past winners and finalists among its huge collection of local TV shows and films, made available for streaming and download on multiple devices.
Install HOOQ app now and enjoy a 30-day free trial by signing up at www.HOOQ.tv. Monthly subscription is available at only PhP 149 and can be charged on your Globe mobile bill or via credit card, or it comes free with Globe Home Broadband plans P1,299 and up.
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