LIST: Official entries for MMFF 2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12)— Heads up, movie buffs! The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is returning to cinemas this year, with eight official entries announced on Friday.

Here is the list of the films shortlisted for the 2021 lineup:

1. "A Hard Day" (Viva Communications, Inc.)

Starring: Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla

Directed by: Lawrence Fajardo

2. "Big Night" (Cignal Entertainment, Ideafirst Company, Octobertrain Films, and Quantum Films)

Starring: Christian Bables

Directed by: Jun Robles Lana

3. "Love At First Stream" (ABS-CBN Films Productions, Kwentolabs, Inc.)

Starring: Anthony Jennings, Jeremiah Lisbo, Daniela Stranner, Kaori Oinuma

4. "Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine)" (Cinematografica, Plan C, House on Fire, etc. )

Starring: Daniel Padilla and Charo Santos

Directed by: Carlo Francisco Manatad

5. "Nelia" (A and Q Production Films)

Starring: WynWyn Marquez, Raymond Bagatsing

Directed by: Lester Dimaranan

6. "Huwag Kang Lalabas"

Starring: Kim Chiu, Beauty Gonzales, Aiko Melendez

Directed by: Adolf Alix Jr.

7. "The Exorsis" (TinCan)

Starring: Toni and Alex Gonzaga

Directed by: Fifth Solomon

8. "Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw" (Heaven's Best Entertainment)

Starring: Ken Chan and Rita Daniela

Directed by: Louie Ignacio

Organizers said the eight entries were selected out of 19 films evaluated. The films were chosen based on the following criteria: artistic excellence (40%), commercial appeal (40%), Filipino sensibility (10%), and global appeal (10%).

Genres of the movies range from social drama, horror, action, suspense, romance, to comedy, the MMFF said.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said the country's pandemic task force has set guidelines to ensure all cinemas abide by safety protocols despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.