During the 44th edition of the Metro Manila Film Fest, Vice Ganda’s official movie entry once again proved to be a big success in terms of audience turnout and box-office performance.
His movie once again scored another blockbuster success with the comedy film “Fantastica”.
There’s no doubt that it was well-received by the public as they come together with their families to watch the film starting December 25, opening with sold-out seats all over the country.
The film “Fantastica” is a fantasy-comedy film and its story focus in the life of Belat (Vice Ganda) who is part of the once-colorful world of the carnival named Perya Wurtzbach: The Happiest Place on the Earth, the Universe Rather. But their family is struggling to save their carnival as there’s a possibility of getting evicted from their land.
It was directed by Barry Gonzalez and produced by ABS-CBN Films Star Cinema and Viva Films, and of course, with Vice Ganda’s impact together with the notable cast, it’s not a big surprise that “Fantastica” became the highest-grossing film so far, just like his top-grosser film last year, The Revenger Squad.
Right now, “Fantastica” was already surpassing the seven other MMFF entries with a huge gap. But despite the box-office success, the film failed to win big during the recent MMFF 2018 awards night last December 27, which was held at The Theatre at Solaire.
It was actually the film “Rainbow’s Sunset” who bagged the most numbers of awards. The said film has gained 11 awards, out of the 23 major and special awards, including best picture and best director.
Here’s the full list of the winners of the 44th Metro Manila Film Festival:
Best Float: Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles
Best Short Film: Bulacan State University
Best Visual Effects: Aurora
Best Production Design: Rainbow’s Sunset
Best Sound: Aurora
Best Musical Score: One Great Love
Best Original Theme Song: “Sayo Na” (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Editing: Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles
Best Cinematography: Aurora
Best Child Performer: Phoebe Villamor (Aurora)
Best Screenplay: Rainbow’s Sunset
FPJ Memorial Award: Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles
Male Star of the Night: Jericho Rosales : The Girl in the Orange Dress
Female Star of the Night: Anne Curtis (Aurora)
Gat Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Rainbow’s Sunset
Best Supporting Actress: Aiko Melendez (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Supporting Actor: Tony Mabesa (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Best Director: Joel Lamangan (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Special Jury Prize: Max Collins (Rainbow’s Sunset) Special Jury Prize: Eddie Garcia (Rainbow’s Sunset) 3rd Best Picture: One Great Love
2nd Best Picture: Aurora
Best Picture: Rainbow’s Sunset
Best Actor: Dennis Trillo (One Great Love)
Best Actress: Gloria Romero (Rainbow’s Sunset)