Six Best Screenplays Chosen for MMFFP '07

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Six Best Screenplays Chosen for MMFFP '07


The Six Best Screenplays for the Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines 2007 were announced last Friday, June 8, by MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando who's also the over-all chairperson of the annual December film festival, at the Wack Wack Country Club.

The Six Best Screenplays are:

MAQ Productions' "Bahay Kubo" (drama/comedy); OctoArts Films' "Enteng Kabisote 4" (comedy/fantasy); Maverick Films' "Katas ng Saudi" (drama.comedy); Imus Productions/Ignite Media's "Resiklo" (action/fantasy); Star Cinema's "Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo" (romantic comedy); and RegalEntertainment's "Shake, Rattle & Roll 9" (horror).

The Six Best Screenplays will comprise the first batch of official entries to the MMFFP 07 to be shown starting Dec. 25, 2007. The second batch, composed of three film entries, will be shown in January 2008.

The criteria for the selection of the Six Best Screenplays were: 1. Story, creativity, writing excellence, innovativeness and thematic values (40%); 2. Commercial viability (50%), and Filipino cultural and/or historical values (10%).

The criteria in aid of the screening committee's selection of the winning screenplays were creative and effective interpretation of story and screenplay; logical development and consistency of characters and story; originality of style; originality or creative story adaptation; social, cultural and moral relevance and value; logical definition of characters; extraordinary appeal; and global acceptability/entertainment/appeal/competitiveness.

In opening the press conference for the announcement of the Six Best Screenplays, Atty. Espiridion Laxa reminded everyone that before Chairman Fernando became chair of the MMFF, the 2001 festival's box-office receipts only amounted to R1.4million; in 2002 when he first chaired the filmfest, the festival grossed R3.5-million; in 2003, R326-million; 2004, R370-million; 2005, R351-million, and 2006, R415-million.

"For this year's MMFF-P, the chairman's mission is to raise the boxoffice receipts to R500-million!" Atty. Laxa announced.

For this year, the guidelines/criteria for the selection of the best screenplays also stated that in order to enhance the value of the festival as a tool for national growth and development, screenwriters and producers are encouraged to espouse any or all of the following themes:

Those that portray positive realities without unreasonably exploiting misery, graft and corruption, desperation and negative human conditions from which no redemption can be clearly seen on the film; those that seek to establish the Filipio identity of moral courage, strength of character and perseverance in the struggle against odds; those which depict love of country; Those which encourage love and protection of the environment; Those which portray "urbanidad" or courteous or respectful behavior.

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Mark Bautista reveals he's now dating a beauty queen

How lucky Mark Bautista is these days. He just came out with his second album "Every Now and Then" under Viva Records which he is still promoting with enthusiasm while he is now also preparing materials for his next album to include his own composition "Why Can't We?;" he was signed up as endorser of Le Froge's new line of men's clothes, and now he's also dating a beauty queen.

The beauty queen, Rizza Santos, who won the Most Photeginic Award and other special awards during the Miss Earth Philippines competition, represented Canada. It was there where Mark met her during his last Canadian concert. Rizza, who was here the whole month of May with her family, is coming back in July, Mark said. She'd like to study here and who knows she'll also have the chance to pursue a career in showbiz or modelling? Mark smiled at the prospect.

Mark continues to have a hectic schedule in his singing engagements here and abroad. On June 21-26, he'll perform together with Sarah Geronimo in Italy, Austria and Switzerland. …

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