MANILA – The Metro Manila Film Festival's Parade of Stars this year, which marks the official start of the festival, will be hosted by Quezon City on Dec. 21.

In a news release issued Thursday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said with this year's theme, "Balik Saya ang MMFF 2022," the 48th edition of the film festival is bringing in new partners to make the event more thrilling for film makers and moviegoers.

The parade, featuring floats carrying celebrities of the film festival’s entries, will start from Welcome Rotonda-Quezon Avenue to Quezon Memorial Circle at 2 p.m.

It will run for seven kilometers, with an estimated travel time of two hours and 30 minutes.

Staging area for the floats of eight official entries and the MMDA will be along E. Rodriguez to D. Tuazon. The agency’s traffic enforcers will assist on the sidelines of the parade route for crowd control.

Meanwhile, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced it will be providing funds worth PHP500,000 to help in marketing the films through CreatePHFilms, for each film producer whose entries made it to the MMFF 2022.

The FDCP’s CreatePHFilms Funding Program is designed to provide support to filmmakers, producers and distributors in all stages of filmmaking to complement their efforts to produce quality Filipino films.

The MMFF also signed a memorandum of agreement with BingoPlus, an online bingo game platform, to be the film festival presenter.

“This year’s festival promises an exciting selection of films for all moviegoers. It offers a wide variety of genres that will complete the tradition of Filipinos going to the cinemas during the holiday season," said Romando Artes, MMDA and MMFF overall chairperson during a meeting with the film producers, marketing team and the parade committee held Wednesday.

The official eight entries to the MMFF 2022 are "Deleter" by Viva Communications, Inc.; "Family Matters" by Cineko Productions, Inc.; "Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told" by Borracho Film Production; "My Father, Myself" by 3:16 Media Network and Mentorque Productions; "Nanahimik ang Gabi" by Rein Entertainment Productions; "Partners in Crime" by ABS-CBN Film Productions; “Labyu with an Accent” by ABS-CBN Film Productions and "My Teacher" by TEN17P.

The film festival will run in theaters nationwide from Dec. 25, 2022 until Jan. 7, 2023.

The Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) is set on Dec. 27 at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. (PNA)