‘Deleter’ wins big at the 2022 MMFF awards night

FILMMAKER Mikhail Red’s psychological horror film, “Deleter” got the lion’s share of awards or a total of seven trophies at the 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2022 at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City.

“Deleter” won Best Picture while Red, whose film directing credits include “Birdshot” (Best Picture in the Asian Future category at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival), “Eerie” and “Dead Kids,” the first original Filipino film on Netflix, was chosen Best Director.

Fan favorite Nadine Lustre, lead star of “Deleter,” won the Best Actress award. In the film, Lustre portrays Lyra, a content moderator a.k.a. deleter whose task is to go through hair-rising photos and videos to make sure these are not posted on social media.

The 2nd Best Picture award went to “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” while the 3rd Best Picture was “Nanahimik Ang Gabi.”

Ian Veneracion, who played a sugar daddy in “Nanahimik Ang Gabi,” was declared Best Actor. His costar, Mon Confiado was named Best Supporting Actor.

Winning the Best Supporting Actress honors was Dimples Romana for the film “My Father, Myself” while her co-star Shawn Niño Gabriel took home the Best Child Performer award. “My Father, Myself” was also awarded Best Float.

The other awards for “Deleter” were Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing (Nikolas Red) and Best Cinematography.

“Nanahimik Ang Gabi” was given two other awards: Best Musical Score (Greg Rodriguez III) and Best Production Design.

“Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” also won Best Screenplay, Best Original Theme Song for “Ang Aking Mahal,” and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award. The cast also bagged the Special Jury Prize.

“My Teacher” had one trophy: the Gender Sensitivity award. The family drama, “Family Matters” received the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.

Veteran actress Vilma Santos was given the Marichu Vera-Perez Memorial Award.

Awarded as the Stars of the Night were the top acting honorees: Veneracion and Lustre.

The eight official entries to the 2022 MMFF will be shown in cinemas nationwide until Jan. 7, 2023.