Erik Matti wins best director, slams MMFF for Honor Thy Father's disqualification
Plus, what did other celebrities and filmmakers have to say?
(SPOT.ph) Amid all the excitement from the Metro Manila Film Festival is bigger controversy that has been brewing for the past weekend.
On December 26, it was announced that the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer, Honor Thy Father, was disqualified from the MMFF Best Picture race for allegedly failing to disclose a screening during November's Cinema One Originals film festival. The issue has already reached the House of Representatives, with Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez urging the House to conduct an inquiry on the matter.
Despite all the controversy, Erik Matti was still awarded Best Director at the December 27 awarding ceremony. He was a no-show at the event and instead, chose to air his grievances through a representative. "Mula sa pagpili niyo sa mga sineng isasali hanggang sa pagkunsinti niyo sa masahol na trato ng ibang sinehan sa ibang pelikula, lalo na ng maliliit na producers, para sa isang die-hard movie fan na gaya ko, hindi ko na halos makilala ang film festival na dati kong hinangaan at nirespeto," he said. "Sa lahat naman ng Pilipinong hindi pa rin nagsasawang manood ng mga gawa namin dito, salamat po sa inyo. You deserve better."
— Erik Matti (@ErikMatti) December 27, 2015
He also took to his Twitter account (above) to express his opinion on his win. Other film directors and celebrities also gave their two cents on the issue, including:
— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) December 26, 2015
Antoinette Jadaone, filmmaker
Angelica Panganiban, actress
Jerrold Tarog, filmmaker
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) December 26, 2015
Bianca Gonzalez, host
Dan Villegas, filmmaker
— raymund marasigan (@raymsmercygun) December 27, 2015
Raymund Marasigan, musician
— Mario Cornejo (@mariocornejo) December 27, 2015
Mario Cornejo, filmmaker
— armi millare (@armimillare) December 26, 2015
Armi Millare, musician