Metro Manila Film Festival 2022 Full List of Winners

Posted by DG, Date posted at December 28, 2022

The long wait for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2022 winners resulted in one of the most unexpected results. Tuesday night (27th of December) had the crowd celebrating MMFF’s Gabi ng Parangal held at the New Frontier Theater. 

Nadine Lustre screencap on Deleter movie entry to MMFF 2022
Nadine Lustre – Deleter

The film that bagged the most awards was the one and only entry categorized as a horror film, “Deleter”, with seven recognitions which included the Best Picture award as well.  Among the winners in the said film was Mikhail Red accepting the award for Best Director, the main leading star, Nadine Lustre received the Best Actress for her role as Lyra — the character who works at a dark online content moderation office — whose employees, known as deleters — are tasked with the process of filtering graphic uploads from reaching social media platforms.

Lustre was also named Star of the Night, and undoubtedly glowed as she accepted the recognition as Best Actres, saying, “Itong award na ito, dine-dedicate ko sa buong pamilya ko, sa mga kaibigan ko na patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin, sa boyfriend ko na si Chris, and of course, sa Viva family ko and sa team ‘Deleter.’ Sobrang saya po naming lahat. Hindi namin inexpect ito and masayang masaya kaming lahat na nagbabalik na po ang mga pelikulang Pilipino sa sinehan. Mabuhay ang MMFF at mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino.”

(I would like to dedicate this award to my whole family, friends who continue to support me, my boyfriend Chris and of course, to my Viva family and the team from ‘Deleter’. We are all very happy. We didn’t expect this and we are all very happy that Filipino films are back in movie houses. Long live the MMFF and long live Philippine movies.)

“Deleter” dominated the awards night

The runaway winner at the MMFF Awards night gave the team behind “Deleter” one of the most memorable events of their lives. The theme of the movie is significant with the times and the impeccable storytelling was evident throughout the film. Proof of this was recognition for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

The moving force which orchestrated everyone to flow into a great team to create great work — director Red — laid out how everyone was grateful for the recognition expressing, “Thank you MMFF for this honour. It’s such a privilege and opportunity to tell stories, and to be a filmmaker pero this is a team effort, and I wouldn’t be here if not for team ‘Deleter’ na may (which has the) passion and may (the) love for the filmmaking process, for the craft of storytelling. Thank you to Viva for allowing us to make a film like this. Sobrang plot twist na nakapasok ng (We had to do a plot twist to enter the) MMFF and we get to reach a very wide audience locally.”

The roster of MMFF 2022 winners

Other films that were acknowledged were the romantic thriller film “Nanahimik Ang Gabi,” which received a total of five awards. Namely, 3rd Best Picture, Best Actor for Ian Veneracion and Best Supporting Actor for Mon Confiado.

Another unexpected winner was the film, “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” – which presented the gritty story of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) officers who died on their mission during the tragic Mamasapano clash of 2015 – won 2nd Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Original Theme Song and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.

Detailed and complete list of the winners for MMFF 2022: 

  • Best Film: “Deleter”
  • Second Best Film: “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”
  • Third Best Film: “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”
  • Best Director: Mikhail Red of “Deleter”
  • Best Lead Actress: Nadine Lustre of “Deleter”
  • Best Lead Actor: Ian Veneracion of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Dimples Romana of “My Father, Myself”
  • Best Screenplay – Eric Ramos of “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”
  • Best Cinematography: Ian Guevarra of “Deleter”
  • Best Editing: Nikolas Red of “Deleter”
  • Best Visual Effects: “Deleter”
  • Best Production Design: Marielle Hizon of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”
  • Best Original Theme Song: “Aking Mahal” by Ferdinand Topacio and Cristy Fermin for “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”
  • Best Musical Score: Greg Rodriguez 3rd of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”
  • Best Sound: Aian Caro of “Deleter”
  • Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”
  • Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: “Family Matters”
  • Marichu Vera Perez Maceda Memorial Award: Vilma Santos-Recto
  • Gender Sensitivity Award: “My Teacher”
  • Stars of the Night: Nadine Lustre of “Deleter” and Ian Veneracion of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”
  • Best Float: “My Father, Myself”
  • Best Child Performer: Shawn Gabriel of “My Father, Myself”

Other MMFF 2022 Gabi ng Parangal recognitions and events  

It is important to mention that the films included in the “Magic 8” of the 2022 MMFF are “Deleters,” “Nanahimik Ang Gabi,” “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told,” “Family Matters,” “My Father, Myself,” “My Teacher,” “Labyu with an Accent,” and “Partners in Crime.”

Singled out was veteran actress Vilma Santos-Recto and given the Marichu Vera-Perez Memorial Award, while the film Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told received the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award. 

There’s still time to catch the films. The MMFF will run in theatres until January 7, 2023. 

Finally, a film that looks like it definitely hurdled all odds and got recognition for it. “Deleter” stands out like a sore thumb and didn’t at all flinch if it will be viable with the audience. Thank goodness, MMFF is not in the usual formulaic desperation to succumb to what the market dictates but instead throws a left hook on things. Hopefully, this signals a renaissance in Philippine cinema. I badly miss Brocka and Bernal films so badly. How about you dear reader? Just add in your comment below and shout out which are your beloved films, sentiments on the current MMFF winners and the like. Hope to hear from you soon, cheers!

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