WINNERS: QCinema International Film Festival 2018

The winners of the 6th annual QCinema International Film Festival were announced at the awarding ceremonies held at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao this October 26, Friday.

Here are the winners of QCinema 2018:

QCinema Pylon Best Picture – ODA SA WALA

Best Director – Dwein Baltazar for ODA SA WALA
Best Screenplay – Dwein Baltazar for ODA SA WALA

Best Actor – Eddie Garcia for HINTAYAN NG LANGIT
Best Actress – Marietta Subong (Pokwang) for ODA SA WALA

Best Supporting Actor – Marcus Adoro for DOG DAYS
Best Supporting Actress – Cielo Aquino for BILLIE & EMMA

Best Artistic Achievement – Neil Daza for the Cinematography of ODA WA WALA
Gender Sensitivity Award – BILLIE & EMMA
Audience Choice Award – HINTAYAN NG LANGIT

Pylon Best Picture for Asian Next Wave – A LAND IMAGINED
Asian Next Wave Special Jury Prize – THE SEEN AND UNSEEN

Pylon Best Picture for RainbowQC – SORRY ANGEL
RainbowQC Special Jury Prize – HARD PAINT

Here are the jury members for each category:

Circle Competition
  • Hock Doong Ho
  • Max Tessier
  • Samuel Ho
  • Joachim Ng
  • Oggs Cruz
Asian Next Wave Competition
  • Paolo Villaluna
  • Bianca Balbuena-Liew
  • Anne Demy-Geroe
RainbowQC Competition
  • Sung Ho Park
  • Jay Alterejos
  • Paolo Villaluna

GUIDE: QCinema International Film Festival 2018

Now on its sixth year, the QCinema International Film Festival will run from October 21 to 30.


Gateway, Robinsons Galleria Ortigas, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, SM Fairview, SM Megamall, SM Manila, and SM Southmall.

Ticket Information

Ticket price is at 150 pesos per screening.

Screening Schedules

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Opening Film

Award hauler “Shoplifters” by Hirokazu Kore-eda takes the spotlight in the sixth edition of the QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema).

QCinema opens its first day with “Shoplifters,” a Japanese film which took the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

It tells the story of a family of criminals scraping a living in downtown Tokyo. Their story takes an interesting turn when they adopt a little girl despite their impoverished livelihood.

Closing Film

As part of the Halloween celebration, “Piercing,” which stars Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, will be the closing film to end the ten-day festival in spooky fashion. It tells of a man who checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish his long-time dream – executing a perfect murder.

Competition section

QCinema offers over 40 films worldwide ranging from award-winning films to fresh stories from emerging filmmakers.

Circle Competition

The “Circle Competition” of QCinema is a section for independent features of new and seasoned homegrown storytellers where select films are given production grants of one and a half million pesos each.

Films that were given grants are the following:

  • Samantha Lee’s “Billie & Emma”
  • Timmy Harn’s “DOG DAYS”
  • Dan Villegas’ “Hintayan ng Langit”
  • Gutierrez Mangansakan’s “Masla A Papanok”
  • Dwein Baltazar’s “Oda sa Wala”
Asian Next Wave

Among the new features to be showcased at the “Asian Next Wave” section are the following:

  • Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined”
  • Bi Gan’s “Long Day Journey Into Night”
  • Anoocha Boonyawatana’s “Malila: The Farewell Flower”
  • Huang Hsin-yao’s “The Great Buddha+”
  • Ashleigh Mayfair’s “The Third Wife”
  • Kamila Andini’s “The Seen and Unseen”

The “Asian Next Wave” has been showcasing award-winning works of Asian filmmakers throughout the years. The dedicated section continues to feature these works from across the continent such as “A Land Imagined” which won the Golden Leopard Award for best film at the Locarno International Film Festival, “The Seen and Unseen” which won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize, and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” which won the ICS Cannes Award and will be shown in 3D in select establishments.


In sponsorship with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), QCinema will also give visibility to noteworthy cinematic craftsmanship with a wide array of LGBT international films for its “RainbowQC” section. Among the featured films are the following:

  • Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s “Tinta Bruta”
  • John Tengrove’s “The Wound”
  • Marcelo Martinessi’s “The Heiresses”
  • Christophe Honoré’s “Sorry Angel”
  • Yann Gonzales’ “Knife + Heart”
  • Yen Tan’s “1985”

Non-competition section


The following will comprise the “DocQC” section of QCinema on documentaries:

  • “All Grown Up” from Wena Sanchez
  • “Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala” from Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo

The section also provided seed grants of 300,000 pesos to the filmmakers.

Screen International

Several critically acclaimed films worldwide will be showcased in the “Screen International” section of the festival.

  • Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” which won the 2018 FIPRESCI Award at Cannes;
  • Agnés Varda and JR’s “Faces Places”
  • Gaspar Noé’s “Climax,” where Noé won the biggest prize at Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight, the C.I.C.A.E. Award;
  • Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” where Pawslikowski won 2018 Best Director at Cannes
  • Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s “Manta Ray,” which won the 2018 Best Film at Venice Horizons
Digitally Remastered

Iconic films of the 70’s and 80’s which have been digitally restored will be shown in the “Digitally Remastered” section of the festival.

  • Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz”
  • Herbert Ross’ “Footloose”
  • John Badham’s “Saturday Night Fever”
French Classics

QCinema pays tribute to the richness of French cinema by highlighting memorable titles in the “French Classics” section.

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “Diabolique”
  • Roger Vadim’s “And God Created Woman”
  • Pierre Rissient’s “Five and the Skin”
Special Screenings

Five films from China, Austria, France, and Denmark, and Japan will take a spotlight at the “Special Screenings” section of QCinema.

  • “Elephant Lying Still” by Hu Bo
  • “Ala Changso” by Sonthar Gyal
  • “Tomcat” by Klaus Händl
  • “La Priére” by Cédric Kahn
  • “Come On, Irene” by Keisuka Yoshida
Danish Children’s Films

The festival has a free screening that will feature children’s films from Denmark.

  • Ask Hasselbach’s “Antboy”
  • Renée Simonsen’s “Karla’s World”
  • Esben Toft Jacobsen’s “The Great Bear”

About QCinema

QCinema is the official film festival of Quezon City, touted as the “City of the Stars.” It was established in 2013 by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) helmed by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Since its humble beginnings in 2013, QCinema has grown bigger, gaining traction in local and international film circuits for its roster of film entries. In 2017, it was recognized as one of the best film festivals in the country. For more information, visit

Six LGBT-themed films featured in RainbowQC of QCinema 2018

QCinema International Film Festival 2018 gives visibility to noteworthy cinematic craftsmanship with a wide array of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) international films.

Co-presented by The Film Development Council of the Philippines, RainbowQC presents a stellar lineup of films on experiences of the LGBT community.

Featured this year at QCinema 2018 are “1985”, “Hard Paint”, “The Heiresses”, “Knife + Heart”, “Sorry Angel”, and “The Wound”.

“1985” focuses on the story of a closeted young man struggling to reveal his identity to his conservative family. The narrative feature from Yen Tan lends a viewpoint of the gay community during the AIDS epidemic in 1985. It focuses on the hostility of small-town families grasping the idea of homosexuality.

The film, shot in black-and-white Super 16, won the Jury Award at the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2018.

“Hard Paint” (Tinta Bruta), a film by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, revolves around the story of Pedro (Shico Menegat), a socially repressed young man living a double life as a gay chatroom performer.

The film puts in perspective the themes of abandonment, loneliness, and yearning. It also takes a look at the consequences of bullying and being socially different.

“Hard Paint” won the 2018 Teddy Awards in Berlin as the best LGBT-themed feature film.

“The Heiresses” follows the lives of the middle-aged couple, Chela (Ana Brun) and her partner of 30 years, Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who suffered financial hard times. The female-driven feature from Marcelo Martinessi explores the journey of self-discovery and awakening, captivating viewers with the superb acting of Ana Brun.

The film won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. It was also selected as the Paraguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Yann Gonzales explores the world of 1970s gay porn in her debut feature “Knife + Heart.” It puts together police, horror and erotic genres creating a unique visual thriller of captivating colors. “Knife + Heart” is the Prix Jean Vigo 2018 winner.

Christophe Honoré shares a tale of love, friendship, and loss of life in his latest film, “Sorry Angel.” Honoré delivers a queer romantic drama with poignant and humorous performances ideal for the big screen.

The International Cinephile Society bestowed the Best Screenplay award to “Sorry Angel” at the 2018 ICS Cannes Award.

John Tregove’s “The Wound” delves into the traditions of Xhosa, the second largest cultural group in South Africa. The coming-of-age drama speaks about the Xhosa initiation into manhood, striking issues of masculinity and sexual identity.

“The Wound” is the Jury Award winner at the 2017 World Cinema Amsterdam.

QCinema presents RainbowQC from October 21 to 30, 2018, at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); and Ayala Malls Cinema in Trinoma and U.P. Town Center.

Digitally remastered films dance their way to QCinema 2018

Movie buffs get the chance to rev up to the beat of hit music of the 70s and 80s while enjoying three iconic films that have been digitally restored and are featured by the Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema).

The “Digitally Remastered Series” saves a special section for restored iconic pictures, “All That Jazz”, “Footloose” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

QCinema showcases the section from October 21 to 30, 2018, at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); SM City North Edsa; SM Megamall; SM Manila; SM Mall of Asia; and Ayala Malls Cinema in Trinoma and U.P. Town Center.

“All That Jazz” is a 1979 American film directed by Bob Fosse and written by Robert Alan Aurthur. The story is a semi-autobiographical novel based on aspects of the life of Fosse as a dancer, choreographer, and director.

Fosse was nominated for his film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980 and won the Palm d’Or award, widely considered as the highest award in the film industry. It was selected to be preserved at the National Film Registry in the United States in 2001.

The classic “Footloose,” directed by Herbert Ross, follows the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat teen who moves to a small town where dancing and rock music have been banned

In “Saturday Night Fever,” director John Badham takes dancing to a whole level featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is regarded as one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

It features the story of Tony Manero (John Travolta), a working-class young man who spends his weekends drinking and dancing all night at the local Brooklyn club.

John Travolta got the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy and the Academy Award for Best Actor.

QCinema welcomes block screenings for group bookings for film or school organizations. Email for more details.