The awards night of the 44th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) was held at The Theatre at Solaire on December 27, 2018 with eight official entries competing against each other this year: “Aurora”, “Fantastica”, “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles”, “Mary, Marry Me”, “One Great Love”, “The Girl in the Orange Dress”, “Rainbow’s Sunset” and “Otlum”.
The 44th MMFF started on December 25, 2018 and will end on January 7, 2019.
“Rainbow’s Sunset” bagged most of the major awards as it received 11 out of 24 recognitions. The film was directed by Joel Lamangan who also won as Best Director, saying: “Huwag lamang natin patabain ang bulsa ng lahat ng may-ari ng sinehan, patabain natin ang kaluluwa ng ating bayan.” The film is about an 84-year-old man who comes out as gay to his family in his senior years, leaving his wife to take care of his cancer-stricken lover.
Here is the list of winners:
Best Director: Joel Lamangan, “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Best Short Student Film: Bulacan State University (Kasilyas)
Best Float: “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles”
Best Production Design: “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Best Visual Effects: “Aurora”
Best Sound Design: “Aurora”
Best Musical Score: “One Great Love”
Best Original Theme Song: “Sa’yo Na” from “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Best Editing: “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles”
Best Cinematography: “Aurora”
Best Screenplay: “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Stars of the Night: Jericho Rosales, (The Girl in the Orange Dress); Anne Curtis (Aurora)
FPJ Memorial Award: “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles”
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Special Jury Prize: Max Collins (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Special Jury Prize: Eddie Garcia (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Picture: “Rainbow’s Sunset”
Second Best Picture: “Aurora”
Third Best Picture: “One Great Love”
Best Child Performer: Phoebe Villamor (Aurora)
Best Supporting Actor: Tony Mabesa, (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Supporting Actress: Aiko Melendez (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Actor: Dennis Trillo (One Great Love)
Best Actress: Gloria Romero (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Despite not receiving any major awards, Vice Ganda’s “Fantastica” is the top-grosser for the festival season. MMFF 2018 is also currently on track to hit its P1-billion target, already grossing P800 million as of January 2.