HOOQ to simultaneously show 2015 MMFF short films and animations

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Here’s yet another reason to subscribe to HOOQ: The company recently confirmed to me that short films and animations under the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival’s New Wave category will be shown simultaneously on the country’s biggest subscription video-on-demand platform.

Previously, finalists of the New Wave group were only screened during the week of Christmas; this year, they will have a regular run in select Metro Manila from December 17 through 24, leaving moviegoers outside of the Philippine capital out of the proverbial loop.

Short films and animations under the 2015 MMFF’s New Wave category will be shown simultaneously on HOOQ.

But not this year. Anyone with a HOOQ subscription can watch the shorts on just about any screen they own, on the same day the films are being shown in theaters.

The Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave category features “progressive works of independent and student filmmakers who wish to express themselves through the powerful medium of film.” There are five finalists from the short-film medium and another five from the animated genre. The complete list of entries are listed below.

Short-film finalists:

  • Daisy (Bryan Reyes of Colegio De San Lorenzo)
  • Ding Mangasyas (Justine Emmanuel Dizon of Kayumanggi Pictures)
  • Lapis (Maricel Cariaga of Center Stage Productions)
  • Momento (Jan-Kyle Nieva of UP Film Institute
  • Mumu (Jean Cheryl Tagyamon of UP Diliman)

As for full-feature MMFF films, I’m told some of them will be on HOOQ as early as January.

Animation finalists:

  • 8 (Johanna Kaye Boncodin of Ateneo De Naga)
  • Geo (John Arthur Mercader of Puppeteer Animation Studio)
  • Little Lights (Rivelle Mallari)
  • Buttons (Marvel Obemio, Francis Ramirez, Jared Garcia of De La Salle College of St. Benilde)
  • Marvino’s League of Superheroes (Ja Marti Escandor of Ateneo De Naga)

As for full-feature films, I’m told some of them will be on HOOQ as early as January, which is sooner than you might suspect. Clearly, HOOQ is hoping that the immediate showing of quality releases from independent outfits will help spur their growth in the video-on-demand market, as well as push things in the right direction for budding filmmakers and indie fans alike. Cheers to that!

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 12 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.