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'Honor Thy Father' out of Best Picture race?

“Honor Thy Father” producer cries foul over disqualification.

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

12/27/2015 in News
'Honor Thy Father' out of Best Picture race?

MANILA - Erik Matti's "Honor Thy Father" has been pulled out from the Best Picture race of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
In a letter dated December 26, MMDA chair Emerson Carlos said the decision to disqualify the entry was because of the failure of the film's producer to "disclose its participation to the CinemaOne Originals Festival 2015 as the opening film."
"After careful and thorough deliberation, the Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee has disqualified your entry, 'Honor Thy Father,' from the selection of the Best Picture Category of the MMFF 2015 Awards," Carlos added.
On his Twitter account on Saturday, Matti posted a photo of the letter from the MMFF executive committee, as well as a document from CinemaOne Originals showing that the special screening of "Honor Thy Father" was "not paid and by invitation only."

He has since deleted his post, but "Honor Thy Father" screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto uploaded the same letter on her Facebook account.
Meanwhile, "All You Need Is Pag-Ibig" director Antoinette Jadaone has responded to the alleged disqualification. She wrote on her Twitter account: "Hay, MMFF. Bakit? Sino'ng may pakana? Sino'ng makikinabang? Para sa ikabubuti ba ito ng industriya?"
"Di end-all-be-all ang awards, pero sa kasong ito, awards translate to instant promotion and word of mouth. And Honor Thy Father needs that," she added in a follow-up post.
As of writing, the phrase "Demand For Honor Thy Father" has become one of the top trending topics on Twitter, with many netizens voicing out their support for the crime film.
"Honor Thy Father" stars John Lloyd Cruz and was graded ''A'' by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Aside from Cruz, it also features Meryll Soriano and Tirso Cruz III.
Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/12/26/15/honor-thy-father-out-of-best-picture-race
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