It was last night, December 27, when the awards night for the yearly Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) took place at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.
The Judy Ann Santos-starrer Mindanao bagged the most awards, 11 in all, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Santos. Allen Dizon won Best Actor while Brillante Mendoza won Best Director.
The film also received awards for Best Float, Gender Sensitive Award, Best Child Performer (for Yuna Tangod), Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, and the FPJ Memorial Award.
Coming in close is the Crisanto Aquino-helmed film Write About Love starring Miles Ocampo and Rocco Nacino. The movie was bestowed with the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards (for Joem Bascon and Yeng Constantino) and Best Screenplay.
While placing as Second Best Picture, it also received Best Musical Score, Best Original Song, Best Editing, and Special Jury Prize (Writer), receiving 8 awards in total.
The horror film Sunod starring Carmina Villaroel and JC Santos came in third, being named as Third Best Picture while being given the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
The period drama film Culion starring Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith won the Special Jury Prize (Cast).
It could be seen that the movies who are lowest grossing in cinemas have received the most awards during the night.
The victors from Mindanao, Write About Love, and Cuion all wished that more cinemas will screen their film.
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival!