GUIDE: Swiss Film Festival 2017

The first Swiss Film Festival will run on April 28-30, 2017 and May 5-7, 2017 at Cinema 4 of Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. The event is open to the public. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Featuring the following films:

  • Heidi (2015)
  • Rascals on the Road (2005)
  • Vitus (2006)

Screening Schedules

Heidi (2015)

Based on the biggest bestselling Swiss novel written in the 1880’s by Johanna Spyri, Heidi is the classic story about a young orphan girl living with her grandfather Alm in the Alps. Heidi’s Aunt Dete then whisks her away to Frankfurt to live in an upper-class household and serve as the companion of the wheelchair-bound child Klara. A fish out of water in a strange new city, Heidi becomes lonesome and falls ill with homesickness leading her to go back home to the mountains. Klara then visits Heidi one Summer which causes Heidi’s friend Peter to become terribly jealous.

Rascals on the Road (2005)

Mein Name ist Eugen also known as Rascals on the Road is another film based on a popular 1955 children’s book by Swiss author Klaus Schädelin. It’s the story of four little rascals told through the eyes of 12-year old Eugen. Eugen and his three friends go on a quest to follow the footsteps of “the biggest rascal of all time” Fritzli Bühler and to search for long lost treasure. Their sudden disappearance leads their parents to follow them and as the boys continue their rambunctious journey to Zurich, they begin to doubt if Fritzli Bühler even exists at all.

Vitus (2006)

Vitus is a 12-year old piano prodigy whose parents, though they mean well, suffocate him with their big and ambitious dreams for him. All Vitus wants is to live a life like an ordinary kid, so he decides to rebel and chase his own dreams instead with the help of his eccentric grandfather who loves flying.


Cinema One Originals 2017 finalists announced

Cinema One Originals Festival 2017 finalists for the narrative and documentary categories have been announced by Festival Head Ronald Arguelles on a photo posted on his Facebook account.

Each of the following feature narratives will receive P3-M production grant: copied from Cinema Bravo

  1. Nay by Kip Oebanda
  2. Changing Partners by Dan Villegas
  3. Historiographika Errata by Richard Somes
  4. Si Chedeng, Si Apple at si Louie Vuitton by Fatrick Tabada & Rae Red
  5. Throwback Today by Joseph Teoxon
  6. Nervous Translation by Shireen Seno
  7. Paki by Giancarlo Abrahan

Each of the following documentaries will receive P1.5-M production grant: copied from Cinema Bravo

  1. Architecture of Belief: A story of John S. Captain by Jet Leyco & Camille Aragona
  2. Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane (For the Benefit of the Doubt) by Dempster Samarista
  3. Horror House: A Visit to the Red House by Phyllis Grae Grande

Now on its 13th year, Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 12 to 21.

GUIDE: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2017

The third Sinag Maynila Film Festival will run from March 9 to 14 at the following cinemas: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Glorietta 4, Gateway Mall. Copied from Cinema Bravo

The invitational opening ceremonies will be held on March 9 at Sky Park, SM Aura Premiere. Awards night is on March 12 at Samsung Hall.

Screening Schedules


The local film festival’s new tagline “Sine Lokal, Pang-lnternasyonal” lives up to its core as the roster of finalists handpicked by Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Ma Mendoza have been announced. “The upgraded mechanics for this season may have been a risky move, but we are very happy with the outcome,” says Tieng. “We are looking forward to the reception of these films here and of course, internationally.” Copied from Cinema Bravo

With the tremendous success of Sinag Maynila’s debut in March 2015, more talented filmmakers took their chance in getting a nod to be part of the competing roster as it has been closely associated with the opportunity for international recognition. This year’s categories include Full Length, Short Film, and Documentary.


FULL-LENGTH FEATURES Copied from Cinema Bravo

1. “KRISTO” by HF Yambao

The story delves into what is supposed to be a victorious day for Boy whose first born; Jemjem, graduated from elementary with honors. Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his honor as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate will be revealed. “KRISTO” stars Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King.

2. “BEYOND THE BLOCK” by Ricardo Carranza

Spanning fifty years and charting a path across three continents, “Beyond the block” weaves a thoughtful, personal account of Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines. From the sensational TV program of “Penthouse 7” in the 70s to the cult classic “Dance 10” in the 80s to the struggles of Filipino contingents in today s biggest international dance competitions, the film lovingly showcases the special place of dance in every Filipino life.

3. “LADYFISH” by Jason Orfalas

Expelled from her nine-year occupation in the call center industry and discriminated upon because of her homosexuality, Kaye Cienfuegos, struggles to make ends meet. Her search for p lace and identity is cut short when her best friend Bonn appears on her front door with her adopted Swedish son Bjorn, and together they face obstacles to provide for their basic needs and rights in a society where a fair chance is out of reach. “LADYFISH” stars JC Santos, Martin Escudero, Brenda Mage, Ruby Ruiz.

4. “BHOY INSTIK” by Joel Lamangan

Two small-time felons’ paths crossed, starting a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INTSIK and MARLON, the key personalities in the community of the living-dead. “BHOY INTSIK” stars RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Elora Espano, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval.


5. TU PUG IMATUY (The Right To Kill) by Arnel Barbarona

In an indigenous community in Mindanao, the couple Dawin and Ibunay raise their three children amidst the threat of a mining company.

When their youngest child dies from illness and gets buried, the family later encountered soldiers assigned to protect the mining firm from guerrilla rebels. The soldiers instead turned their attention on the couple. Their harvest gets thrown away, and Ibunay gets raped. Both were forced to guide the soldiers in their search of the rebels.

The search leads them to the community school where the soldiers held the teacher and the children. Ibunay manages to help them escaped but this enraged the soldiers and they vent their anger on Dawin. Ibunay’s recourse in this course of events is to fight for her dignity and for the survival of her family and her tribe from the abuses of the military.

“Tu Pug Imatuy” is the indigenous Manobo term for “The Right to Kill”.  The movie is inspired by actual events in Mindanao where indigenous peoples have been subjected to abuse and attacks in the course of the government forces counter-insurgency campaign.

Starring Jong Monzon, Obunay Sulatan, Jillian Khayle Barbarona, Henyo Ehem.

SHORT FILMS Copied from Cinema Bravo

1. “I Am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet” by Matthew Victor Pastor

Silence in the red light district of Manila.

2. “Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe” by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.

It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.

3. “Aliens Ata” by Karl Glenn Barit

Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas-Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that’s why they look to the sky for answers. Could it be aliens?

4. “Ang Hindi Ko Masambit” by JoseMaria Javier Manoos

A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past.

5. “Tulay Buhay” by Paul Arrenze Dionela

In the streets of Manila, the homeless stuggle to live. Some fool others; others don’t want to be fooled and some immitate some in order to survive.

DOCUMENTARIESCopied from Cinema Bravo

1 . “Hango” by Avelino Mark Balmes Jr.

Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who works as fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite.

2. “Kupkop” by Jaynus Olaivar

A documentary that revolves around the life of 3 kids with cerebral palsy, who were aboned by their parents due to their condition. They were able to find love and affection from people who, may not be their kin1 show compassion without any form of compensation.

3. “The Recycled Spirits of Roel Cabato” by Noah Del Rosario

Meet Roel Cabato: an llocano-lfugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art space called Hanan’chi (Aninito Art Space and Cafe). His works represent his spiritual connection with Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalism and recycling.

4. “Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle)” by Jean Clare Dy, Manuel Domes

Pagrara San Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. With the help of two your artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their present realities.

5. “Krudo Boys” by Mirielle De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago

Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves “Krudo Boys”. They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navatos City using only their worn-out boat and a piece of foam then selling it to the consumers. With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter for their family.

2017 TOFARM filmfest, songwriting tilt finalists announced

TOFARM ushers 2017 with two grand events that celebrate the lives of farmers in a non-conventional yet highly artistic way.

The 2nd TOFARM Film Festival is set to light up the silver screen once more with a new batch of entries. Following its successful debut in July 2016, this year’s edition of the TOFARM Film Festival promises to be another bountiful harvest of cinematic excellence.

The following are the finalists of TOFARM Film Festival 2017:

BAKLAD by Topel Lee
HIGH TIDE by Tara Illenberger
INSTALADO by Jason Paul Laxamana
KAMUNGGAY by Vic Acedillo Jr
SINANDOMENG by Byron Bryant

A seventh entry is likely to be added once the selection committee has finalized this inclusion.

“We were overwhelmed with the turnout of last year’s festival,” says Festival Director Maryo J. De Los Reyes. “The festival was warmly received by the movie industry, and a lot of independent producers and directors expressed their interest to join this year.”

He also notes that the number of script submitted doubled this year.

“This only proves that filmmakers are tremendously interested to participate in a festival that revolves around the farming industry and, at the same time, provides a venue for them to showcase their craft,” adds the award-winning television and film director.

With this year’s theme “Planting the Seeds of Change,” a total of six films were chosen to be this year’s official entries.

Music from the Farm

In addition to the film festival, TOFARM also announces the list of entries that qualified for the first ever TOFARM Songwriting Competition.

Launched in May 2016, the competition is open to both amateur and professional songwriters whose task is to come up with an original composition about agriculture, with the central theme “Planting the Seeds of Change.”

Noted musical director Ria Villena-Osorio is at the helm of the competition, together with the selection panel composed of Josefino Chino Toledo, Luchie Roque, Olivier Ochanine and Jed Balsamo.

“I am excited to work on this new project under TOFARM. This is the first time I will be heading a competition that celebrates farmers and farming,” Osorio enthuses.

Again with this year’s theme “Planting the Seeds of Change,” a total of ten songs were chosen to be this year’s official entries.

The finals night is slated on April 9 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier.

A Patron of the Arts

Both TOFARM Film Festival and Songwriting Competition are under the patronage of Dr. Milagros O. How, TOFARM Chief Advocate and Executive Vice-President of Universal Harvester, Inc. Her vision is to give due recognition to the selfless contribution of farmers to the nation.

“Our farmers have been diligently working in the field to make sure we all have food on our tables. It is high time that we celebrate their hard work through popular media so that more people can appreciate their valuable roles in our lives,” explains Dr. How.

Aside from these undertakings, TOFARM is also behind the Search and Award for Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines, an internationally acclaied award-giving body that recognizes the achievements of farmers, fisherfolk, livestock raisers, cooperatives, and local government units in the advancement of the agricultural sector.

“We are greatly indebted to our farmers, and we at TOFARM can only do so much to make them feel that all their efforts are sincerely appreciated,” says Dr. How.

GUIDE: Spring Film Festival 2017

The 11th Spring Film Festival will run from January 25 to 29 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.


Admission is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a dedicated queue beside the ticket booth of the cineplex for the event. Tickets are distributed for each film 30 minutes before every screening. No reservation is needed.

A separate queue will be provided to the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Screening Schedules

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. Please check the cinema on the day of visit.


Featured Films

Six films are featured in this year’s Spring Film Festival. Read on for their synopses and trailers.


A Complicated Story

A young woman who has been hired to be a surrogate mother is kept in a private apartment with an assistant in order to keep the parents’ identities secret. When the contract is terminated abruptly, she must make several life-altering decisions.

Book of Love / Finding Mr. Right 2

Through happenstance, a gambler in Macau and a real estate agent in California begin exchanging letters.

Everybody’s Fine

Guan goes to visit all four of his children when they cancel their yearly visit.


The reporter, the police and the thief must work together to find the valuable ancient artifact, “Horseplay”.

Red Amnesia

A widow cares for her grown sons and elderly mother, despite their efforts to get her to stop.

Wolf Totem

During China’s Cultural Revolution, a young urban student is sent to live with Mongolian herders, where he adopts a wolf cub.

Other Activities

Jan 25 • Gala Night at the Shangri-La Atrium
Jan 25-31 • Chinese Painting Exhibit
Jan 28 • Chinese Music Concert
Jan 29 • Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop

This event is made presented by Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, together with Film Development Council of the Philippines and Credit Suisse, and with the Cooperation of Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza.

Indie fans, watch best Filipino films at just P150 this December

It’s a treat for movie lovers who want to watch the best Filipino films of 2015-2016! Cinema ’76 presents Inquirer’s Indie Bravo! Film Festival from December 9 to 24 where it showcases some of the awarded local movies of the past two years.

Experience watching critically acclaimed titles on the comfort of couch seats with throw pillows in a cozy home setup at just PHP 150 each (except for the 8-hour Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis which is at PHP 300). There will also be two special holiday morning screenings of Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo this weekend.

Online reservation can be done through this link:

Cinema ’76 is located at 160 Luna Mencias St. Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan (Map: For more information, call (02) 3981939 or e-mail at

Week 1 Movie Lineup

Here is the lineup of the movies on Week 1 (December 9 – 15). See the screening schedules below.

  • 1st Sem by Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez and Allan Michael Ibanez
  • Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas by Lav Diaz
  • Apocalypse Child by Mario Cornejo
  • Area by Louie Ignacio
  • Bambanti by Zig Dulay
  • Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis by Lav Diaz
  • Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo
  • Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca
  • Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr.
  • Sakaling Hindi Makarating by Ice Idanan
  • Taklub by Brillante Mendoza
  • The Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc
  • Toto by John Paul Su

1st Sem by Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez and Allan Michael Ibanez

Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas by Lav Diaz

Apocalypse Child by Mario Cornejo

Area by Louie Ignacio

Bambanti by Zig Dulay

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis by Lav Diaz

Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo

Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca

Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr.

Sakaling Hindi Makarating by Ice Idanan

Taklub by Brillante Mendoza

The Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc

Toto by John Paul Su

More movies are schedules for Week 2. Watch out for further announcements at Cinema 76’s Facebook Page.

GUIDE: Cinema One Originals Festival 2016

Now on its 12th year, Cinema One Originals Festival 2016 will run from November 14 to 22 at Trinoma, Gateway Cineplex, Greenhills Theater Mall, Glorietta 4, and Cinematheque Centre Manila. This year’s tagline is “Ano’ng Tingin Mo.”


Schedules are subject to change. Check on cinema schedules for confirmation.



The following 7 finalists for the full-length feature film category were each granted a P3-million seed:

  1. Lily by Keith Deligero
  2. Every Room is a Planet by Malay Javier
  3. Baka Bukas by Samantha Lee
  4. Si Magdalola at ang mga Gago by Jules Katanyag
  5. Malinak Ya Labi by Jose Abdel Langit
  6. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas
  7. Tisay by Alfonso Torre


The following 3 finalists for the documentary feature film category were each granted a P1.5-million seed:

  1. Diary of Vietnam Rose (People Power Bombshell) by John Torres
  2. Piding by Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera
  3. Forbidden Memory by Teng Mangansakan


  1. Manang Biring by Carl Joseph Papa
  2. Hamog by Ralston Jover
  3. Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury
  4. Dahling Nick by Sari Dalena
  5. Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso by Raymond Red
  6. The Comeback by Ivan Payawal
  7. Bukod Kang Pinagpala by Sheron Dayoc
  8. Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo
  9. Baka Siguro Yata by Joel Ferrer


  1. The Untamed by Amat Escalante
  2. Elle by Paul Verhoeven
  3. Neruda by Pablo Larraín
  4. I am Not Madame Bovary by Xiaogang Feng
  5. Frantz by François Ozon
  6. Graduation by Cristian Mungiu
  7. The Salesman by Ashdar Fajardi
  8. Slack Bay by Bruno Dumont
  9. It’s Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan
  10. Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerrera
  11. Swiss Army Man by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart
  12. I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach
  13. Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rossi
  14. De Palma by Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow
  15. Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond by Pierre Filmon
  16. The Wailing by Na Hong-Jin
  17. Goodnight Mommy by Veronica Franz & Severin Fiala
  18. The Witch by Robert Eggers
  19. Creepy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa


  1. Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos by Mario O’Hara
  2. Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi by Danny Zialcita
  3. Cain at Abel by Lino Brocka
  4. Pagdating sa Dulo by Ishmael Bernal


  1. Ang Babaeng Humayo by Lav Diaz
  2. Salvage by Sherad Sanchez

WINNERS: QCinema International Film Festival 2016

Here is the full list of winners at the awards night of QCinema International Film Festival 2016:

Best Film: Women of the Weeping River

NETPAC Jury Prize: Baboy Halas

Best Actor: JC De Vera (Best. Partee. Ever.)

Best Actress: Laila P. Ulao (Women of the Weeping River)

Audience Choice (QCshorts): Contestant #4

Audience Choice (Circle Competition): Patay na si Hesus

Gender sensitivity award: Patay na si Hesus

Best Supporting Actress: Vangie Labalan (Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B)

Best Supporting Actor: Taha Daranda (Women of the Weeping River)

Best Screenplay: Purgatoryo

Best Artistic Contribution: Baboy Halos

Best Director: Prime Cruz, Manananggal sa Unit 23B

Asian Next Wave Winner: The Apprentice (Singapore)

Special Citation: By The Time It Gets Dark (Thailand)

Jury Prize #QCShorts: Papa’s Shadow

Best QCShorts: Hondo by Aedrian Araojo

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.

GUIDE: Película-Pelikula Spanish Film Festival 2016

Now on its 15th edition, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the Spanish Film Festival, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema from October 5 to 16 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1. A total of 18 films will be featured, coming from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela.


Tickets can be purchased at the cinema lobby or via PHP 100 each.

Screening Schedule

Audience Choice Award + Raffle

One should not miss the “Audience Choice” Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the Festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain and other exciting prizes.

Opening Film

The Festival will kick off on October 5, with the opening ceremonies at the Ayala Museum in Makati. This will be followed by the invitational screening of Truman, a bitter comedy directed by Spaniard Cesc Gay, which garnered several awards both in Spain and abroad. The opening film will be shown at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.

Featured Films

  • A Esmorga
  • A Perfect Day to Fly
  • Azul y no tan rosa (My Straight Son)
  • Cien años de perdón
  • El Rayo
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Isla Bonita
  • La Tropa de Trapo
  • Land and Shade
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • My Big Night
  • Palm Trees in the Snow
  • Perdiendo el Norte
  • Sacromonte, los sabios de la tribu
  • Sidetracked
  • Techo y comida (Food and Shelter)
  • The Clan
  • Truman

A Esmorga

Oct 7 • 4:30 PM

A story full of suspense that narrates twenty four hours in the life of three men, brothers in revelry, leaving behind a trail of destruction, of repressed and confused sex, closing doors behind them and throwing the keys away, as if deliberately heading for their own ruin.

A Perfect Day to Fly

Oct 9 • 4:30 PM

In a lonely spot, a boy flies a kite made by his father. It is windy and the boy needs an adult to help him untangle it from the bush to keep it flying.

Azul y no tan rosa (My Straight Son)

Oct 7 • 7:00 PM
Oct 13 • 9:30 PM
Oct 15 • 9:30 PM

The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer who lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right at this terrible time, Diego must take care of his son, Armando who has lived in Spain until now.  Both of them have to adapt to each other; Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the spiteful attitude of his teenage son.

Cien años de perdón

Oct 7 • 9:30 PM
Oct 15 • 11:55 PM

One rainy morning, six men dressed and armed assault the headquarters of a bank in Valencia. What looked like a clean and easy theft is soon gets complicated, and nothing goes on as planned. This brings about distrust and confrontation between the two leaders of the band, “El Uruguayo” and “El Gallego”. But what exactly were they are looking?

El Rayo

Oct 8 • 2:00 PM
Oct 15 • 2:00 PM • 4:30 PM

After thirteen years in Spain, Hassan is jobless and decides to go back home to Morocco. He invests all his savings in a second hand tractor to earn a living in his country and takes on to the road. At the end of the road awaits his family and a new life in his village. A real journey played by a real man who travels from town to town, meeting unforgettable characters and overcoming obstacles, making this journey a real odyssey.

Embrace of the Serpent

Oct 10 • 7:00 PM
Oct 12 • 9:30 PM
Oct 14 • 4:30 PM

Colombia during the second half of the twentieth century. At the peak of the “rubber boom”, two scientists, Theodor Koch- Grünberg, a German and Richard Evans Schultes, an American, went to the Colombian Amazon in search for Yakruna, a sacred plant that is difficult to find. There they get to know Karamakate, a shaman and the last survivor of his tribe. The movie is inspired by the journals written by the two scientists ensuring their stay in the said Colombian jungle.

Isla Bonita

08/10/2016 (19:00 h)
12/10/2016 (19:00 h)
16/10/2016 (14:00 h)

After his divorce, Fer, a veteran and passionate advertising director, is invited by his friend Miguel Angel to his retirement in the island of Menorca. The problem is that Miguel Angel’s wife has also invited her mother and her nephews over. Miguel Angel has no choice but to place his friend in Nuria’s house, an attractive French sculptor living in permanent conflict with her teenage daughter, Olivia.

La Tropa de Trapo

09/10/2016 (14:00 h)
15/10/2016 (14:00 h)

The Happets, a group of pets composed of a cow, a giraffe, a bear, a piglet, a dog and a bird feel the need to help other animals who are having a lot of trouble surviving. Hence, they decide to go on a mission of solidarity that will take them to Rainbow Forest. They will have to muster all of their ingenuity, knowledge and efforts to save the Rainbow Forest which represents their dreams and their play area.

Land and Shade

10/10/2016 (21:30 h)
13/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A woman who refuses to give up the land that she has been fighting for her entire life; a son who never abandons his mother to the point of putting his own life at risk; a father who must face his mistakes in the past to make it up wit those he abandoned; a courageous wife who fights it out to save what is hers; a kid who grew up in the middle of all this devastation. The movie will show us how in their final days left these characters try to repair the fragile bond that unites them prior to their imminent disappearance brought about by the overwhelming power of progress.

Much Ado about Nothing

06/10/2016 (19:00 h)
11/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Vicente, an irresponsible young loner has recently returned to Chile from LA and is now living in his parents’ beach house.  He spends his days basking in the sun, swimming and partying.   But one night, his life changes forever.   He becomes the main suspect of a hit-and-run incident that caused the death of a local fisherman.

My Big Night

08/10/2016 (23:55 h)

The temporary employment agency sends José to an industrial pavilion in the outskirts of Madrid to work in a taping of a New Year’s Eve gala show. Hundreds of workers pretend to celebrate the cheerful coming of the “New Year”.  Alphonso is a musical star capable of anything to guarantee that his performance have the largest audience. Adanne, a young Latin singer and Alphonso’s antagonist, is hounded by fans. The emcees detest each other and compete to gain the trust of the producer. Meanwhile nobody has any inkling that Alphonso is in great danger.

Palm Trees in the Snow

08/10/2016 (21:30 h)
13/10/2016 (19:00 h)
16/10/2016 (16:30 h)

In 1953, Kilian leaves the mountains of his native Huesca with his brother to take a trip to the island of Fernando Poo, a former Spanish colony in Equatorial Guinea. There, their father awaits them.  In Sampaka farm, where he grows one of the best cocoas in the world. In the colony, Kilian will discover that social life is more pleasant here than in the corseted and gray Spain.  They will experience the contrasts between settlers and natives and learn the meaning of friendship, passion, love and hate.

Perdiendo el Norte

06/10/2016 (21:30 h)
09/10/2016 (21:30 h)
14/10/2016 (23:55 h)

Two young Spanish university graduates tired of unemployment and a bleak prospect, decide to move to Germany to seek a better future. But soon they discover that finding a better life is not as easy as they had expected.

Sacromonte, los sabios de la tribu

12/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A documentary that tries to recover the memory of the Sacromonte in Granada and its caves that have served as a source of inspiration to artists such as Debussy, Glinka and Lorca. This film recovers the memory of the most flamenco neighborhood in the world, through the survivors of a golden era, older men and women.  Walk through the past to reconnect with their roots and their memories. For 200 years, the neighborhood was inhabited by Gypsies who settled in caves of its slopes attracted by the faithful who made pilgrimages to the Abbey of the Sacromonte. Chus Gutiérrez probes into the relationship of the neighborhood and the art of flamenco, with the participation of an entire cast of artists whose roots are in these very caves.


09/10/2016 (16:30 h)
13/10/2016 (16:30 h)
16/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Luisa and Alberto have been forced to live in the countryside, but the idyllic rural life quickly begins to show its less positive side.  Although the couple is going through a rough patch, Luisa is obsessed with having a second child, even if it means the most listless sex imaginable.  Juan on the other hand, is Alberto’s brother who has no intentions whatsoever to live in the countryside.  A 45-year-old journalist who goes out with Natalia — 25 years his junior.  Meanwhile Luisa’s sister, Sara, is used to channeling her anxiety through men.  She meets Paco, a sports journalist who appears willing to take it to the altar.  Or so she thinks …

Techo y comida (Food and Shelter)

06/10/2016 (16:30 h)
14/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Jerez de la Frontera, 2012. Rocio is a single mother who is unemployed. She receives neither welfare, nor subsidy nor help from her family. She lives with her 8-year old son in a rented flat. She has been unable to pay her rent for months now. Her landlord continually threatens to kick her out. To cope with living expenses and rent, she accepts poorly paid menial jobs and peddles objects she finds.

The Clan

08/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A true story based on the case of the Puccio Clan, that shook the Argentine society in the early 80s. Behind the apparent normality of the Puccio family lays a sinister clan committed to kidnapping and murder.  Archimedes, the patriarch, leads and plans the operations. Alejandro, the eldest son, a star of the Argentinean National Rugby team, uses his popularity so as not to raise suspicions.  Other members of the family are accomplices in a greater or lesser degree of the crimes of the clan.  They lived off the profits of ransoms paid by relatives of the hostages.


05/10/2016 (20:00 h)
09/10/2016 (19:00 h)
15/10/2016 (19:00 h)

Julian receives an unexpected visit from his good friend Tomas, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julian’s faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julian’s complicated situation.

Other screenings

Thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of films shown in the Manila leg of the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines, namely Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao.

Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Festival has been an annual attraction at the Ayala Malls Cinemas at Greenbelt 3, bringing the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the local audience of Manila. PELÍCULA-PELIKULA is a combination of the Spanish word “película”, which means film, and its Tagalog derivation “pelikula”, echoing the cultural ties shared by Spain and the Philippines. By putting the two words together, it highlights the unique characteristics of this 2-week event as the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia.

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and PELÍCULA is made possible by Ayala Malls Cinemas, San Miguel Corporation, Vibal Foundation, Turkish Airlines, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura de España, Spanish Agency for Cooperation (AECID), in collaboration with ICAA, the Embassy of Colombia, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Ayala Museum, and Buzz Productions.

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