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Pinoy films set to 'invade' Hollywood

(UPDATE) FILIPINO films will crack into Hollywood when the Manila International Film Festival (MIFF) opens on November 2.

In a statement on Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the featured films were first seen in the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) held in the country in April.

Set to light up the screen at the Directors Guild of America are the three entries from the MMFF summer edition: «About Us But Not About Us,» starring Romnick Sarmenta and Elijah Canlas, directed by Jun Lana, which won Summer MMFF 2023 Best Picture; «Here Comes The Groom,» starring Enchong Dee, Miles Ocampo and Kaladkaren directed by Chris Martinez; and «Love You Long Time,» starring Carlo Aquino and Eisel Serrano, directed by JP Habac.

The red-carpet premiere will feature a VIP reception, a meet-and-greet with filmmakers and stars of the three films, and a question-and-answer segment about the MIFF. The event will start at 12 noon, Los Angeles time.

For MMDA acting chairman and concurrent MMFF Chairman Atty. Don Artes, the MIFF is a testament to the world-class quality of Filipino films.

«Through the MIFF, we can showcase, promote, and help uplift Filipino films from the Philippines to Hollywood, and hopefully, to other parts of the world,» he said, adding that it also aims to bridge the gap between two worlds and connect the Philippine entertainment sector to Hollywood and the global stage.

Artes invites the global audience to watch the MIFF premiere.

«We are inviting our kababayans and other film enthusiasts to watch these three award-winning movies. Each of these films have a unique charm of their own which will surely hook you up from start to finish,» Artes said.

Tickets will range from $60 (single movie pass) to $249 (all movie access + VIP lounge) which can be purchased at

Award-winning Filipino actresses Hilda Koronel and Pinky de Leon are expected to grace the said event. Actors and actresses from featured films such as Enchong Dee and Kaladkaren from Here Comes the Groom, Director Jun Lana and actor Romnick Sarmenta from About Us But Not About Us, and Director JP Habac and actress Eisel Serrano from