Maine Mendoza wins Best Supporting Actress, ‘Walang Forever’ named Best Picture in 41st MMFF

Eight entries of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival vied for major and minor awards in the film fest’ Gabi ng Parangal held on December 27 at Kia Theater.

Walang Forever is the big winner of the 2015 film fest after winning the Best Picture and top acting awards for Jennelyn Mercado as Best Actress and Jericho Rosales as Best Actor.

Walang Forever wins the Best Picture of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival
Walang Forever wins the Best Picture of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival

The breakthrough star of 2015 Maine Mendoza meanwhile, won her first acting award as Best Supporting Actress.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Major Awards

  • Best Picture: Walang Forever
  • Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
  • Third Best Picture: My Bebe Love
  • Best Actress: Jennelyn Mercado, Walang Forever
  • Best Actor: Jericho Rosales, Walang Forever
  • Best Director: Erik Matti, Honor Thy Father
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza, My Bebe Love
  • Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III, Honor Thy Father
  • Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimner, Honor Thy Father
  • Best Screenplay: Walang Forever
  • Best Original Story: Walang Forever
  • Best Editing: Nilalang
  • Best Cinematography: Nilalang
  • Best Production Design: Buy Now, Die Later
  • Best Visual Effects: Nilalang
  • Best Sound Engineer: Ditoy Aguila, Nilalang
  • Best Musical Score: Jessy Lazatin, Nilalang
  • Best Theme Song: Honor Thy Father
  • Best Festival Make-up Artist: Ryan and Ericka, Honor Thy Father

Special Awards

  • Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: My Bebe Love
  • FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Walang Forever (plus P400,000 cash)
  • Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano
  • Female Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado
  • Best Float Award: Buy Now, Die Later

41st MMFF New Wave Awards Night Winners

Full Feature Category

  • Best Picture: Ari: My Life with a King
  • Special Jury Prize: Toto
  • Best Director: John Paul Su (Toto)
  • Best Actor: JM De Guzman (Tandem) and Francisco Quinto (Ari: My Life with a King)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Thou Reyes (Toto)
  • Best Actress:
  • Best Supporting Actress: Bibeth Orteza (Toto)
  • Best Screenplay: Robert Tantico (Ari: My Life With a King)
  • Manila Bulletin Best Feature Film: Ari: My Life With a King

Animation Category

  • Best Picture: Buttons (Marvel Obemio, Francis Ramirez & Jared Garcia)
  • Special Jury Prize: Little Lights (Rivelle Mallari)

Student Short Film Category

  • Best Picture: Mumu (Jean Cheryl Tagyamon)
  • Special Jury Prize: Daisy (Brian Reyes)
  • Manila Bulletin Best Short FilmL Geo (John Aurthur Mercader)

By virtue of Metro Manila Commission Executive Order No. 86-09, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos. 1459, 1485, 1533, 1533-A and 1647, the MMFF is held during the Christmas Season in recognition of the role of the film industry in providing artistic depictions of both this country’s stories and history.

2015 is the first festival under the current organizing committee and MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos.