Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Regal Films’ “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” has been disqualified in major categories of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night.
According to MMFF executive chairman Francis Tolentino, the board disqualified the Maricel Soriano-Gabby Concepcion starrer in winning major awards in this year’s MMFF because Regal Films changed the pre-approved cast and storyline of the movie and it is against the rules of the festival.
“Final na po. Ibig sabihin ay disqualification from major awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay at Gatpuno Villegas Cultural awards,” said Tolentino in an interview by ABS-CBNNews.com.
“Ang vioation po ay they deviated (from the script). Under the rule kung ano ang approved, hindi na po dapat palitan,” he added.
Producer Lily Monteverde claims that Regal advised the MMFF committee about the changes in the film but Tolentino said otherwise.
“Hindi po sila nag-advise. Nagsabi lang sila ng change sa casting pero sa script hindi sila nag-advise. Nag-advise sila ng November 23 sa cast. Pero the script po ay nagbago,” Tolentino said.
This means “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will only be competing for the technical categories like Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, etc., in the awarding ceremony which is happening tonight, December 28.
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