MMFF 2016: The Year of the Indies

A DIVERSE BUNCH. The 2016 MMFF official entries in the feature-film category.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

We’re here once again to cover the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival, set to launch tomorrow and run through January 3 of next year. But this year’s festival is unlike any other. Most of the selections were independently produced or “indie”.

We take no side on the fight between indies and mainstream movies that have been occurring on the internet for some time.

For those who think indies are better, you are right but not all the time. There are still indie films that are not well appreciated by the people. Just take a look at this list by the indiewire. People also don’t enjoy indie films that much (not yet). Indie films are different than the pocket-sucking movies people are used to so we can’t blame the people for not liking indies.

SUCCESSFUL INDIE. Jadaone’s Tadhana is one of the first Filipino indie films that was well received by the Filipino moviegoers.

However, some also think that indies are not as enjoyable as mainstream films. I thought that “Tadhana” already proved this wrong but let’s try to expand this further. We know that people aren’t used to watching indies are they’re  far different from mainstream movies. Lesser budgets but more freedom in artistic expression. A lot of indies are actually as “enjoyable” as mainstream movies. An example can be Tuhog, the 2013 Eugene Domingo starred film, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, another Eugene Domingo starred film and the most famous of them all, Heneral Luna.

Indie films are generally enjoyable but we can’t blame the public if they don’t. We all have different tastes in movies. But, I really would reach out to everyone to please do the Filipino cinema a favor and watch this year’s MMFF movies.

This our third year of covering the MMFF and we hope that you guys will enjoy this year’s coverage as you did on our past covers. This story is our first post on our coverage of the 2016 MMFF. We’ll be posting more stories as we get into the festival. 


Author: Marlo Mancenido

@schtoofeed | Writer of The Movie Authorities, Seeker of the Best | Game writer and designer | Film fanatic | A campus journalist representing Camarines Norte as part of Collab for more than 2 years.

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