GUIDE: QCinema International Film Festival 2015

QCinema International Film Festival 2015 once again earns proof that Quezon City is the film festival capital of the country by exhibiting top-rank films and staging film discourses from October 22 to 31 at Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria cinemas. Ticket price is P150 each.

Here is the complete updated schedule of QCinema 2015:

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The festival will officially open at Gateway Mall with the screening of The Last Pinoy Action King, a portrait film about the life and death of Rudy “Daboy” Fernandez, one of the Philippines’ most beloved screen icons. The film was co-directed by internationally renowned filmmakers Andrew Leavold and Daniel Palisa. QCIFF is known for its generous grants to cinema enthusiasts and promising filmmakers. Circle Competition for New Filmmakers gives one million each to eight aspiring directors while DoQC International Documentary provides 200,000 peso grant each for the creation of five full-length documentary films.


This year’s Circle Competition lineup includes the following full-length features: (Click the movie title to view trailer.)

  1. Water Lemon by Lemuel Lorca
  2. Kapatiran by Pepe Diokno
  3. Iisa by Chuck Gutierrez
  4. Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo by Mihk Vergara
  5. Gayuma by Cesar Hernando
  6. Matangtubig by Jet Leyco
  7. Apocalypse Child by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo
  8. Sleepless by Prime Cruz

QCinema 2015 schedule Circle Competition


The selected documentary film finalists under DoQC Competition are the following:

  1. Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, and Sashimi by Perry Dizon
  2. The Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc
  3. Audio Perpetua by Universe Baldoza
  4. Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin by Will Fredo
  5. Bingat by Choy Pangilinan, Qubry Quesada, Joolia Demigillo, and Abet Umil

The QCinema Awards Night will be held at the QC Interactive Museum on October 28.

QCinema 2015 schedule Documentary Competition


QCIFF works with a wide range of local and international partners to come up with a well-curated movie selection. This year, the festival will present 11 more movie categories in addition to Circle Competition and DoQC International Documentary.

Screen International will present three award-winning films from all over the world. The titles include the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

Rainbow QC will screen films with stories that show the different faces of sexuality and sensuality. Included in this group are the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

The Music Genius will screen movies that will give you a closer look at three music legends. Films under this category are the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

Special Children’s Screenings, as co-presented with MTRCB, are the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

Companion pieces in the Special Screening section are the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

Special Halloween Screening will be (Click the title to view the trailer):

Director in Focus is Gaspar Noe with the screenings of the following (Click the title to view the trailer):

ThrowBack.Ticket, as co-presented with ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project, will screen a number of digitally restored movies such as (Click the title to view the trailer):

Tribute to Screenwriter: Lualhati Bautista will showcase the artist’s writing prowess through these digitally remastered films co-presented as well with ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project (Click the title to view the trailer):

Indie Nacional will put the spotlight on homegrown award-winning films that made waves in the contemporary independent film industry. The lineup consists of the following:

Past Circle Competition winners will be screened in the Reloaded category.

Five short films from the QCX anthology will also be presented here namely

  • TILA by Rob Jara
  • ANG NANAY NI JUSTIN BARBER by Victor Villanueva
  • SENIOR by Jed Medrano
  • BONIFACIO by Grace Simbulan

QCIFF will also present outstanding films recognized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) in the ASIAN CINERAMA section.

Film Discourses

QCIFF has gathered recognized filmmakers for a series of seminars. On October 26, a film forum entitled Reality Bites: DoQC Filmmakers will be immediately followed by Indie Circle Competition Filmmakers.

The next day, October 27, First Academy will hold Animation, a discourse that will shed light on the rudiments of this specialized filmmaking technique.

On October 28, Classic Films and Cult Movies will be graced by Pinoy B movie expert Andrew Leovold, film archiving and restoration authority Leo Katigbak, and the producer and executive consultant of Heneral Luna, Vincent Nebrida and Ed Rocha, respectively.

Happening on the same day is the fifth forum, From Concept Development to Final Draft with Lualhati Bautista as the special tribute speaker. Circle competition screenwriters Monster Jimenez, Lilit Reyes, and Jen Chaunson will also participate in this event. All of these seminars will happen at Trinoma.

In Global Film Platform, the sixth and final forum happening on October 29 at Gateway Mall, Roger Garcia, Lorna Tee, and Patrick Tam will share their insights about the international festival circuit, business of international film financing, and Hong Kong film industry, respectively.

Festivities for Everyone

Now on its third year, QCinema International Film Festival 2015 continues to act as a major influence in the country’s creative industry. With its outstanding lineup of events and movies, it remains true to its commitment in turning Quezon City as the center of arts and films.

Hoping to bring the festivities closer to the public, QCIFF 2015 will be held in malls near three prominent MRT stations namely, North Avenue, Cubao, and Ortigas.

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