GUIDE: QCinema International Film Festival 2016

Now on its fourth year, QCinema International Film Festival 2016 will run from October 13 to 22 at the following venues:

  • Trinoma Cinemas,
  • Gateway Cineplex,
  • Robinsons Movieworld Galleria,
  • UP Town Center Cinemas, and
  • QCX Museum at the Quezon Memorial Circle

Since its foundation in 2012, the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) has been providing grants to help filmmakers produce their own works. QCinema is its annual platform where the new cinematic gems are given the chance to be appreciated by the public through its full-length and short film competition.


Tickets for the film screenings is at 150 PHP each. These can be purchased at the respective cinema ticket booth. No discount is applicable.

Film forums are all free and open to the public. Maximum of 120 attendees per forum. To register, visit QCinema’s official website (

• Festival Pass Reservation here:
• Day Pass Reservation here:


Freebies: Limited edition QCinema drawstring bag, magic mug and ballpen

Terms & Condition:

  • Use of the festival pass is applicable to all malls.
  • The festival pass is composed of 10 perforated stubs equivalent to 10 regular movie tickets that must be exchanged at the cinema ticket booth, subject to seat availability on a first come first served basis.
  • One stub of the festival pass is good for one screening only. Meaning, if you have a companion, you cannot use the pass to redeem two tickets of the same film on the same schedule.
  • The bearer of the festival pass can choose any regular screening film on any day of the festival starting October 14. For gala screenings, seats are subject to availability. Not valid for invitational or special blocked screenings.


Freebies: Limited edition QCinema T-Shirt & sling bag

Terms & Condition:

  • Use of the day pass is applicable to all venues and is valid for one day only.
  • The QCinema day pass is composed of 4 perforated stubs equivalent to 4 regular movie tickets to be exchanged at the cinema ticket booth, subject to seat availability on a first come first served basis.
  • One stub of the day pass is good for one movie screening only. Meaning, if you have a companion, you cannot use the pass to redeem two tickets of the same film on the same schedule.
  • The bearer of the pass can choose any film on the specific date printed on it. For gala screenings, seats are subject to availability. Not valid for invitational or special blocked screenings.

Festival and Day Passes will be released starting on October 13, 2016 at the QCinema festival booth in front of Gateway Cineplex Dolby Atmos Cinema. On the succeeding days, the passes will be available at the festival booth on each mall.

QCinema will only release a limited number of both the festival and day passes. Reserve your festival pass now!

Regular MTRCB passes not valid on festival screenings. Only MTRCB Board or staff IDs are accepted but not on gala, invitational or special blocked screenings.

Screening Schedules


Circle Competition (Full Length Category)

  1. “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B” directed by Prime Cruz;
  2. “Baboy Halas” directed by Bagane Fiola;
  3. “Best. Partee. Ever.” directed by Howard “HF” Yambao;
  4. “Hinulid” by Kristian Sendon Cordero;
  5. “Patay Na Si Hesus” directed by Victor Kaiba Villanueva;
  6. “Purgatoryo” directed by Roderick Cabrido; and
  7. “Women of the Weeping River” by Sheron Dayoc.

QCShorts (Short Film Category)


  • “If You Leave” by Eduardo “Dodo” Dayao
  • “Contestant #4”by Joshua Joven and Kaj Palanca
  • “Sayaw sa Butal” by Victor Nierva
  • “Viva Viva Escolta” by Janus Victoria


  • “Hondo” by Aedrian Araojo
  • “Padating” by Gabrielle Tayag
  • “Papa’s Shadow” by Inshallah Montero

Opening Film

The festival’s opening film is Park Chan-wook’s recent Cannes winner, “The Handmaiden” starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, and Tae Ri Kim. The invitational screening is on October 13 at Gateway Cineplex.

Asian Next Wave

“Asian Next Wave” is the most recent addition to the QCinema competitions. This category showcases the works of Asian filmmakers with less than two directorial features.

  • “Apprentice”, a Singaporean film by Boo Junfeng;
  • “By the Time It Gets Dark” directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong of Thailand;
  • “Old Stone”, a Chinese-Canadian collaboration film directed by Johnny Ma;
  • “Singing in Graveyards”, a Filipino-Malaysian movie directed by Bradley Liew;
  • “Solo, Solitude” directed by Yosep Anggi Noen of Indonesia; and
  • “Woven Wings of Our Children”, a Filipino piece by Anton Juan.

Screen International

For its “Screen International” section, QCinema bestows Philippine premieres to some of the films recently lauded in the international festival circuit.

  • “Godless”, a Bulgarian movie created by Ralitza Petrova;
  • “The Handmaiden”, a South Korean film by Park Chan-wook;
  • “Headshot”, an Indonesian movie from Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel;
  • “One Week and a Day”, an Israeli film by Asaph Polonsky;
  • “The Ornithologist”, a Portuguese film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues;
  • “The Teacher” from the Czech Republic and directed by Jan Hřebejk; and
  • “Under the Shadow”, an Iranian film directed by Babak Anvari.

Tribute to Kieślowski

In keeping with the festival’s tradition of featuring a film trilogy every year, QCinema presents a special section, “Tribute to Kieślowski”. To commemorate the 20th death anniversary of the celebrated Polish auteur, Krzysztof Kieślowski, the acclaimed triptych about European reunification will be screened.

  • “Blue” (1993),
  • “White” (1994), and
  • “Red” (1994).


Vibrant and diverse narratives unravel in “RainbowQC”, a category of features about the LGBTQ experience include the following:

  • “Spa Night” from Andrew Ahn of USA;
  • “#BKKY” by Nontawat Numbenchapol from Thailand;
  • “Kiki”, a collaboration between USA and Sweden directed by Sara Jordenö; and
  • “Jonathan” by Piotr J. Lewandowski of Germany.

Back ThrowBack

Two digitally-restored screen gems from ABS-CBN get their due revival in the section, “Back ThrowBack”. It will feature the following:

  • “Kasal?” (1980) directed by Laurice Guillen, her debut feature; and
  • “Haplos” (1982) filmed by Butch Perez, and top-billed by the exciting team-up of Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, and Rio Locsin.

Cinema Rehiyon

QCinema celebrates the thriving film communities outside of the National Capital Region (NCR), through its “Cinema Rehiyon” section, featuring the compilation of regional titles from the following:

  • Mindanao Rising,
  • Across Luzon and Visayas, and
  • Ilonggo Tales of Horror and Imagination.
  • “Superpsychocebu” premiere in Manila. This is helmed by Cebuano director Christian Linaban,

Focus on Mike De Leon

Filipino film master, Mike De Leon, gets his QCinema homage for his three popular restored titles:

  • “Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising” (1977),
  • “Hindi Nahahati ang Langit” (1985), and
  • “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?” (1980).

Pinoy Spotlight

Under the “Pinoy Spotlight” section, two new social-realists get their Philippine premieres:

  • “Blanka” of Kohki Hasei from Japan,
  • “Alaalang Walang Malay (Unconscious Memory)” by Filipino Allan C. Balberona,
  • “Area” by Filipino Louie Ignacio.

Free Film Seminars

QCinema’s film forums are all free and open to the public. It will be conducted at the Quezon Memorial Circle’s Quezon City Experience (QCX) Mini Theater. Please note that the slots in each forum are limited to a maximum of 120 attendees. 

Animation Nation

The forum entitled, “Animation Nation” will be held on October 17, Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Spearheaded by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. and the First Academy of Computer Arts, the discussion will make known the current state of animation in the country.

Road to QCinema: The Filmmaker’s Journey

The next day, on October 18, Tuesday, the discussion “Road to QCinema: The Filmmaker’s Journey” will happen. Circle Competition, #QCShorts, and Asian Next Wave filmmakers will be there to share their experience in working with QCinema. Ed Cabagnot will be the moderator of the event, which will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Perspectives On National Cinema

Set on October 19, Wednesday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM is the “Perspectives On National Cinema” where Choy Pangilinan and Nick Deocampo will talk about the issues surrounding independent cinema. It will be moderated by Patrick Campos.

Charting the Course of Regional Cinema

Panelists Elvert Banares, Jason Paul Laxamana, and Teng Mangansakan will talk about the film communities outside Manila in the forum, “Charting the Course of Regional Cinema” to be held on October 20, Thursday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Laxamana runs Cinekabalen Kapampangan Film Festival (Luzon); Banares handles Cinekasimanwa: The Western Visayas Film Festival (Visayas); and Mangansakan oversees Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival (Mindanao). It will be moderated by Teddy Co.

Wide Wild World of Web Criticism

On October 21, Friday, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, film bloggers Jonell Estillore, Michael Edillor, and Richard Bolisay will share their knowledge in the forum, “Wide Wild World of Web Criticism”. Lilit Reyes will moderate the discussion.

Awarding Ceremony

The awarding ceremony for the QCinema filmmaking competitions will be on October 19, 2016.

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  1. Monique Sta. Cruz

    Hello, will The Handmaiden have a separate screening aside from the invitational opening?


    1. Cinema Bravo

      Yes, it is still part of the Screen International section as noted in the guide.


      1. Monique Sta. Cruz

        Sorry, I just saw the updated schedule. Thank you very much!


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  3. Mons

    Hello! I, Daniel Blake doesn’t seem to be in the posted screening schedule.


    1. Cinema Bravo

      I have to check on that, since the first press release included I, Daniel Blake. Thanks!


  4. Mon

    Has Seoul Station been pulled out of the festival? Saw it before and was interested.


    1. Cinema Bravo

      Yes, it is no longer included in the lineup.


      1. Mon

        That’s unfortunate. Thanks for the update!


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