1983 Metro Manila Film Festival

The 9th Metro Manila Film Festival was held in 1983. Only eight movies participated.

1983 Metro Manila Film Festival
DateDecember 25, 1983 (1983-12-25) to January 3, 1984 (1984-01-03)
Best PictureKarnal
Most awardsBago Kumalat ang Kamandag (6)

Cine Suerte's Karnal won the Best Picture and four other awards. The major individual awards, however, was garnered by Lea Productions' Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag including Best Actor and Best Actress for Anthony Alonzo and Coney Reyes respectively, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Willie Milan among others. Other awardees include the films Hot Property and Tengteng de Sarapen.

RVQ Productions' Tengteng de Sarapen was the top grosser of the festival.[1][2]


Title Starring Studio Director
Bad Bananas sa Puting Tabing Christopher de Leon, Edgar Mortiz, Jay Ilagan, Johnny Delgado, Nora Aunor, Jaime Fabregas, Larry Lawrence Vanguard Films Peque Gallaga
Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag Anthony Alonzo, Coney Reyes, Eddie Garcia, Perla Bautista, Alicia Alonzo Lea Productions Willie Milan
D'Godson Niño Muhlach, William Martinez, Susan Bautista, Panchito, Pepe Pimentel, Nanette Inventor, Manny Luna, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Bayani Casimiro, Jimmy Santos, Palito, Joaquin Fajardo, Fred Panopio D'Wonder Films J. Erastheo Navoa
Gunfighter Lito Lapid, Connie Angeles, Chuck Biller, Cole Mackay, Paul Jones, Marlene Chavez, Brad Fletcher Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Romy Suzara
Hot Property Carmi Martin, Phillip Salvador, Dennis Roldan, Vic Diaz, Tony Santos, Sr. Golden Dragon Films Lino Brocka
Karnal Charito Solis, Phillip Salvador, Vic Silayan, Joel Torre, Cecille Castillo Cine Suerte Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Over My Dead Body Tony Ferrer, Efren Reyes, Jr., Bembol Roco, Raoul Aragon, Anna Marie Gutierrez, Lolita Marquez Sunfilms International Arsenio 'Boots' Bautista
Tengteng De Sarapen Dolphy, Alma Moreno, Panchito, Jaypee de Guzman, Raoul Aragonn, Bayani Casimiro, Teroy de Guzman, Palito, Ben David, Rocco Montalban, Larry Silva, Allan Bautista, Max Vera RVQ Productions Frank Gray, Jr.

Winners and nomineesEdit


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[3]

Best Film Best Director
  • Karnal
    • Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag
    • Hot Property
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  • Dennis Roldan – Hot Property
  • Alicia Alonzo – Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag
Best Sound Engineering Best Cinematography
Best Editing Best Music
  • Augusto Salvador – Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag
  • William Yusi – Hot Property
Best Art Direction Best Screenplay
  • Willie Milan and Ronnie Paredes – Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag
Best Child Performer
  • Jaypee de Guzman and Ben Pelayo – Teng Teng de Sarapen

Multiple awardsEdit

Awards Film
6 Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag
4 Karnal
2 Hot Property


During the awards night, many were surprised after Coney Reyes won the Best Actress award for the movie Bago Kumalat ang Dugo and Anthony Alonzo is given the Best Actor award for the same movie, besting acting greats Charito Solis, Phillip Salvador, and Vic Silayan, who were all in the movie Karnal.[4] In addition, juror's standards of giving Willie Milan the Best Director award against Lino Brocka is questioned.[5]


  1. ^ "THE 1983 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: "KARNAL" BEST PICTURE". Video 48. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ The Times Journal. "Karnal Metro Manila Filmfest top awardee". December 28, 1983. Newspaper Print.
  3. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 1983". Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2014-04-19.

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