Last July, the committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has announced their first four entries for its 2019 run.
The entries include Sunod starring Carmina Villaroel and directed by Carlo Ledesma (which replaced (K)ampon starring Kris Aquino and directed by King Palisoc), Miracle in Cell #7 starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla (who replaced Nadine Lustre) and directed by Nuel Naval, Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity starring Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza and directed by Linnet Zurbano, and The Mall, The Merrier starring Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis and directed by Barry Gonzales.
The MMFF has then announced the final four entries that will complete the Magic 8 earlier today, August 16, at the Club Filipino in San Juan, Metro Manila.
The final entries that will complete the MMFF 2019 line-up are Mindanao starring Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon and directed by Brillante Mendoza; 3Pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon starring Coco Martin, Jennylyn Mercado, and Ai-Ai Delas-Alas and directed by Rodel Nacianceno; Culion starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryl Soriano and directed by Alvin Yapan; and Write About Love starring Rocco Nacino and Miles Ocampo and directed by Crisanto Aquino.
Meanwhile, these entries did not make it to the final selection: The Heiress starring Maricel Soriano and Janella Salvador and directed by Frasco Mortiz; Itit starring Robin Padilla; Magic Land directed by Peque Gallaga; and Isa Pang Bahaghari starring Nora Aunor and directed by Joel Lamangan.
The movies featured in the MMFF are traditionally premiered in December. The festival pays homage to the local film industry, with no foreign films being shown in cinemas within its run. It was last year when the festival had its highest-grossing in history, earning P1,060,000,000 in box office sales.