Not yet too late! Here’s how you can watch MMFF films before January 7

I’m going to be honest: I stopped watching movies under the Metro Manila Film Festival after it became dominated by entries made for cheap laughter – offensive jokes and really poor storytelling included. However, this year, a couple of award-winning films have been making a lot of noise on social media and it was enough to hook me into watching select entries again this year.

For those who want to give it a shot before the films are pulled out on January 7, all you need to do is download Upstream and GMovies app via mobile or visit their websites:

  1. Select your film of choice via by clicking “Stream Now”.
  2. After being redirected to the website, click on “Pay Php 250” and create an account or sign in.
  3. Pay for the film through GCash.
  4. Select “My Shows” on your GMovies account or app and click “Stream Now on Upstream” to start streaming.
  5. You can visit the “My Shows” tab again to rewatch the film on a later date and time as long as it’s before January 7.
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In case you need a guide on what to watch, here are the award-winning entries announced last Sunday (December 27, 2020) during the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival’s Gabi ng Parangal:

  • Best Visual Effects: Magikland – Richard Francia, Ryan Grimarez (Central Digital Lab)
  • Best Production Design: Magikland
  • Best Musical Score: Magikland
  • Best Editing: Fan Girl – Benjamin Tolentino
  • Best Cinematography: Fan Girl
  • Best Original Theme Song: “Ulan” by Jhay Cura/Pau Protacio (The Boy Foretold by the Stars)
  • Best Sound: Fan Girl – Vincent Villa
  • FPJ Memorial Award: Magikland
  • Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Suarez: The Healing Priest
  • Gender Sensitivity Award: The Boy Foretold by the Stars
  • Special Jury Prize: Peque Gallaga
  • Manay Ichu Vera-Perez Maceda Memorial Award: Gloria Romero
  • Best Screenplay: Fan Girl
  • Best Child Performer: Seiyo Masunaga (The Missing)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Shaina Magdayao (Tagpuan)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael de Mesa (Isa Pang Bahaghari)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Paulo Avelino (Fan Girl)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Charlie Dizon (Fan Girl)
  • Best Director: Antoinette Jadaone – Fan Girl
  • 3rd Best Picture: Tagpuan
  • 2nd Best Picture: The Boy Foretold by the Stars
  • Best Picture: Fan Girl

Happy watching! My eyes are on Fan Girl, of course. What will you be watching before the festival officially ends? Let us know by commenting below!

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Note: Manila Millennial would like to thank Page One for sharing a free ticket to any of the MMFF entries this year. Much appreciated! 🙂

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