Kris Aquino and Vice Ganda accept an award for their respective films in last year's Metro Manila Film Festival. Both are attached as lead stars in projects vying to join this year's competition. Photos by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - Thirteen film projects have been submitted for consideration to compete in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), including sequels of past entries and movies with familiar faces as lead stars.
After last year's top-grosser "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," Vice Ganda is hoping to return to the 40th MMFF with a follow-up to his 2011 blockbuster "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin."
The Wenn Deramas-directed project will co-star "Be Careful With My Heart" actor Richard Yap. James "Bimby" Yap Jr. will also join the film, according to mother Kris Aquino in an earlier interview.
Aquino, who starred in "My Little Bossings" with Bimby last year, will similarly top-bill the sequel to her 2004 horror film "Feng Shui." Chito Rono will return as director, while Coco Martin has been tapped as Aquino's leading man.
While it will no longer have Bimby and Aquino attached, "My Little Bossings" is looking to return to the MMFF with a followup. It will still star Ryzza Mae Dizon and Vic Sotto, and will have a trio of directors leading the project -- Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera and Tony Reyes.
Notably absent from last year's festival, the horror anthology "Shake, Rattle & Roll" is also being considered as an entry. The 15th installment will star Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, with Jerrold Tarog directing.
Meanwhile, Robin Padilla, who won Best Actor in the 39th MMFF, has submitted a biopic of Andres Bonifacio under the direction of Lawrence Williams. Iza Calzado is attached as leading lady.
With "Magnum Muslim .357," ER Ejercito has submitted a possible entry for a third year in a row. The project will be directed by Jun Posadas.
Nora Aunor and Dingdong Dantes, winners of the top acting prizes in the 38th MMFF, are also vying for a slot for their respective film projects -- "Whistle Blower" by Adolf Alix, and "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2" by Erik Matti.
Newcomers include BB Gandanghari ("Bonggagster"), Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby ("English Only, Please" by Dan Villegas), Ruru Madrid and Pepe Smith ("Above the Clouds" by Pepe Diokno), and Boots Anson-Roa and Ronnie Liang ("Kung ang Hanap Mo ay Ligaya sa Buhay" by Elwood Perez).
Should "Kid Kulafu" starring Cesar Montano and Alessandra de Rossi geta a slot, director Paul soriano will become a first-time competitor in the MMFF.
Last year, eight films were tapped as official entries, though earlier editions of the MMFF only had seven. Organizer Metro Manila Development Authority has yet to announce the number of competing films.
Here are the 13 entries submitted for consideration to join the 2014 MMFF:
Bonggagster (Double Tap Films)
Starring BB Gandanghari and Val Iglesias
Kid Kulafu (Ten17 Productions)
Starring Cesar Montano, Alessandra de Rossi; Directed by Paul Soriano
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 (Reality Entertainment, GMA Films and Agostodos Pictures)
Starring Dingdong Dantes and Isabelle Daza; Directed by Erik Matti
Above the Clouds (ATC Motion Pictures)
Starring Ruru Madrid and Pepe Smith; Directed by Pepe Diokno
Bonifacio (Philippians Productions)
Starring Robin Padilla and Iza Calzado; Directed by Lawrence Williams
Whistle Blower (Quento Media and Deus Lux Mea)
Starring Nora Aunor and Cherry Pie Picache; Directed by Adolf Alix
Kung ang Hanap Mo ay Ligaya sa Buhay (T-Rex Ent)
Starring Boots Anson-Roa and Ronnie Liang; Directed by Elwood Perez
Magnum Muslim .357 (Scenema Concept)
Starring ER Ejercito; Directed by Jun Posadas
Praybeyt Benjamin 2 (ABS-CBN Productions-Star Cinema and VIVA Productions)
Starring Vice Ganda and Richard Yap; Directed by Wenn Deramas
Feng Shui 2 (ABS-CBN Productions-Star Cinema)
Starring Kris Aquino and Coco Martin; Directed by Chito Roño
My Big Bossing's Adventures (Octoarts, MZET, APT Ent)
Starring Ryzza Mae Dizon and Vic Sotto; Directed by Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera, and Tony Reyes
Shake, Rattle & Roll (Regal Entertainment)
Starring Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana; Directed by Jerrold Tarog
English Only, Please (Quantum Films, Heaven's Best Entertainment)
Starring Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby; Directed by Dan Villegas