Warner Bros. Acquires Rights to 'Mga Munting Tinig'

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Warner Bros. Acquires Rights to 'Mga Munting Tinig'


Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired in-country theatrical and home video rights to Mga Munting Tinig (Small Voices), an Audience Favorite Award Winner at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival, and honored as the Best Picture of 2002 at the local PMPCStar and Famas awards. The acquisition makes it the first Filipino film ever to successfully close such a distribution deal with a big Hollywood studio.

The announcement was made recently by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Pictures International Distribution (Philippines) and Rodolfo Confesor, Managing Director of Warner Home Video (Philippines).

Mga Munting Tinig is a shining contribution to the Warner Bros. library of titles, and we are honored to distribute it locally. Were proud of these Filipino artists whose talents and achievements are world-class, said Soliven.

We are most privileged to release this critically acclaimed film on home video. We hope this marks the renaissance of locally crafted movies for the global market, said Confesor.

Directed, co-written and co-produced by acclaimed Filipino director Gil M. Portes, Mga Munting Tinig is a heartwarming and inspirational story of a young teacher Melinda (Filipino star Alessandra de Rossi), who tries to make a difference when she is sent to teach elementary school in a poor remote village.

Portes said, I am overwhelmed and honored by the commitment of Warner Bros. Pictures. I will give it my all to make sure that this historic first local distribution deal with a Hollywood studio will be the start of a new partnership, a new direction for Philippine cinema.

This acquisition follows on the heels of the recent purchase of the film by Mongrel Media, the Toronto-based top Canadian specialty film distributor, for all distribution rights in Canada. …

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