Nilalang director laments early pullout of film, Erik Matti hints at "lutuan"

Alleged ticket-swapping, disqualification, and more questions on MMFF 2015


( The controversies just don't seem to end for the Metro Manila Film Festival. The Internet is already abuzz over alleged ticket swapping and Honor Thy Father's disqualification, but more and more allegations are heading the festival's way.


In an interview with ANC's Headstart, Nilalang director Pedring Lopez blasted the early pullout of his film from theaters. "Noong first day...noong hapon pa lang, some of the cinemas were pulling out the movie na. 'Yong iba, dalawa lang ang screening namin or tatlo lang instead na lima," he said, "Parang hindi kami binigyan ng chance na makaabot man lang ng three days or two days man lang. Kasi ngayon, I know six na lang ang cinemas namin."



He also lamented the state of Philippine cinema, saying, "Hirap na nga tayo na ang kalaban natin Hollywood. Pati ba naman doon sa two weeks na festival, hirap na hirap pa rin tayo?” 


Meanwhile, Honor Thy Father director Erik Matti took to his Twitter account to hint at supposed cheating from within the MMFF organization. He posted a series of tweets on December 27 after he was announced Best Director at the awarding ceremony.






The MMFF or representatives of the other films have yet to release any statement on the issues.


Also read:
Erik Matti wins best director, slams MMFF forHonor Thy Father's disqualification
Walang ForeverMy Bebe Love top MMFF awards

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