Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 would go digital for the first time.
The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2020 would go digital for the first time because of the restrictions that brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
This, as Danilo Lim — the concurrent Chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Metro Manila Film Festival — on Friday announced that the MMFF had partnered with Upstream and Globe Telecom in order to keep the annual film festival very much alive in December.
In a virtual press briefing, Lim said that the film industry continued to grapple with the effects of coronavirus pandemic, but it shouldn’t dampen the Filipinos’ spirit of watching Filipino movies during the Christmas season.
Lim also said that they’re bringing the MMFF tradition in every Filipino home not just in the Philippines but all over the world through digital screening for the first time.
With this, the agency said that the global audience could access eight entries to MMFF 2020 in digital form via Upstream while in the comfort of their homes.
Lim added that they’re very excited about the annual film festival that would take place on a new platform as Filipinos abroad and those who can’t go home for the holidays could enjoy the MMFF tradition by way of watching MMFF movies on digital platform.
According to Lim, the MMDA had chosen Upstream and Globe Telecom to be its official partner for this year’s MMFF, celebrating its 46th year.
The Metro Manila Film Festival was scheduled to open on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020.
“Out of the five proposals the MMDA received, we have chosen Globe which presented the best offer to be our partner”, Lim said.
Moreover, Lim encouraged the public to patronize the annual film festival that was organized primarily to help enhance and promote the growth, preservation, and development of the local film industry.