LINEUP: QCinema Int’l Film Festival 2020

QCinema International Film Festival stages a hybrid festival with an edgy line-up for its special edition for 2020.   

Known for its well curated films in this side of Southeast Asia, QCinema Special Edition returns with a slate that will either be streamed online or physically screened with a limited audience. It will take place from November 27 to December 5, 2020.

“Like many other film festivals around the world, we’ve had to adapt to the unprecedented challenges of 2020.  Factoring in safety concerns and restrictions, we’ve decided to follow the global trend of staging a hybrid film festival,” says Ed Lejano, festival director.

The festival’s socially-distanced and by-invitation-only screenings will be held on its opening day, November 27 and on November 28 at an outdoor venue in Quezon City.  

For its opening, QCinema will screen the monochromatic version of Parasite, the 2019 winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars. The black and white version of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho was first released at the Rotterdam Film Festival last January.

QCinema will also have a ceremonial turnover of the COVID-19 assistance grant it is giving to the Inter-Guild Alliance and will announce the winners of its COVID Completion Grant at the opening. The COVID Completion Grant is for chosen independent films forced to halt production and post-production during the pandemic lockdown 

Winners of its QCShort Shorts Competition will also be announced in the said event.

On November 28, it will present to a limited number of viewers Identifying Features by Fernande Valadez and Death of Nintendo by Raya Martin.

Identifying Features won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. It also won in the same festival the best screenplay.  Death of Nintendo is the coming of age tale which had its world premiere at Berlinale 2020. 

After the screening, QCinema will host the book launch of Philippine Cinema by Gaspar Vibal and Dennis Villegas and edited by Teddy Co.

The festival’s online screening will be released nationwide through UPSTREAM, the newly launched online Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) streaming platform. Tickets may be purchased from the country’s largest aggregator for online cinema ticketing, GMovies. Tickets are priced at 200 pesos per screening of a movie, which can be viewed within 48 hours after purchase.

Highlighting its online festival are four QCinema greats.

QCinema 2019, 2018, and 2017 best picture winners stage a comeback.  These are Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; and Balangiga Howling Wilderness by Khavn.  The fourth is the big winner at the recent Urian award, Babae at Baril by Rae Red. 

The program also includes special sections.

The Asian Special Edition includes the only PH entry at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and Malaysia’s entry to the 93rd Academy Awards. 

Genus, Pan by Lav Diaz is a look at how much human beings are like animals.  The film won for Lav Diaz the best director award in the 2020 Venice Film FestivalRoh is a 2019 Malaysian Malay-language indie arthouse horror film by Emir Ezwan. 

Two feature films will be shown under New Horizons, QCinema’s program that puts the spotlight on first and second-time filmmakers who are receiving accolades from the international film festival circuit.

Song Without a Name is a 2019 Peruvian drama film directed by Melina León. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the Peruvian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Rom by Tran Thanh Huy, the first Vietnamese film to receive the New Current Awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival, is also in the New Horizons section. 

Films under QCinema’s much-lauded and much-anticipated sections are also in the line-up.

This year’s RainbowQC section includes End of the Century and Suksuk.

End of the Century is an Argentine romantic drama film, directed by Lucio Castro and released in 2019.  Suksuk is a 2019 award-winning and critically acclaimed Hong Kong drama film about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years.  This film by Ray Yeung premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. 

Lastly, Screen International section features three films that earned widespread acclaim in different film festivals.

The first film is a Brazilian drama screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro. 

A 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection, True Mothers, a Japanese drama film by Naomi Kawase is also in QCinema’s Screen International.  This is Japan’s entry at the 93rd Academy Awards. 

The third, Corpus Christi is a Polish film by Mateusz Pacewicz, which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and is the Polish entry in the 92nd Academy Award.

QCinemas Special Edition 2020 will include online talks on the new filmscape and free screenings of QCinema 2016, 2017, and 2019 shorts.

The film festival is supported by Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Outpost, Viva Communications, Inc., Treasury Wine Estates, Beringer Wine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Megamobile,,, Cinema Bravo, Cinema Bravo PH, Film Geek Guy, Film Police Reviews, Pelikula Mania,, Lakwatsera Lovers, and

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QCinema Int’l Film Fest 2020 goes online, runs Nov 27-Dec 6

The shift to the new normal begins for QCinema International Film Festival. Regarded as one of the leading international film festivals in Southeast Asia, QCinema is the flagship project of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte aimed at pushing forward Quezon City‘s brand as the film capital of the country.   

The challenges of the past year have led QCinema to reinvent their festival format into a QCinema Special Edition 2020. Aptly titled QCinema: A New Filmscape, this year’s festival is slated to run from November 27 to December 6, 2020.    

“As a universal art form, cinema connects us all through stories about compassion, love, forgiveness, human goodness, faith, hope, and destiny. We are not daunted, but we embrace this new filmscape” says Mayor Joy Belmonte. 

The QCinema 2020 lineup will be released nationwide through Upstream, the newly launched online Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) streaming platform, and tickets may be purchased from the country’s largest aggregator for online cinema ticketing, GMovies.

The partnership between Upstream and GMovies will allow anyone in the Philippines to access QCinema’s 2020 films anytime. This is a leap in its coverage as previous QCinemas were confined only to Metro Manila venues and theaters.

“This period of vast isolation has presented an opportunity for QCinema to reach out to more audiences from across the country. For our special #QCinema2020 edition, we will adapt, explore and take on new forms,” says QCinema festival director Ed Lejano.

This year’s program will be a mix of foreign and local films. Included in the streaming line-up are past QCinema #AsianNextWave and Circle Competition grantees.

QCinema is known for its unique grants that give full ownership to the filmmakers.  Earlier this year though, the festival announced the cancellation of its grants for 2019 – the Asian Next Wave and the QCShorts grants, in consideration of the filmmakers’ safety and wellbeing.   

Aside from the streaming of its films, the film festival will also host a variety of online and offline events.

Prior to the 10-day event, QCinema will stream for free its past #QCShorts grantees on its social media accounts and website ( 

“QCinema has been my favorite local film festival since its inception, bringing together unflinchingly original filmmakers from around the globe like Yorgos Lanthimos and Gaspar Noe and pairing them with brave new Filipino voices like Dwein Baltazar and Timmy Harn. By making the entries accessible on Upstream in partnership with GMovies, these contemporary classics can now be viewed by the whole nation,” said Globe Studios Head, Quark Henares. 

During the festival proper, the festival will host a gathering to give grants to Inter-Guild Alliance and select independent films, the production of which were halted because of the pandemic.  It will also award six short films that present the lighter side of quarantine. 

Aside from these, there will also be talks on the new filmscape.

GUIDE: QCinema International Film Festival 2019

Now on its seventh year, the QCinema International Film Festival will run from October 13 to 22 in select cinemas in Quezon City.


Trinoma, Gateway, Robinsons Galleria, Cinema ’76 Anonas, Cinema Centenario, and Cine Adarna at UP Diliman.

Ticket Information

Ticket price at mall venues (Trinoma, Gateway, Robinsons Galleria) is at 200 pesos per screening.

Ticket price at Cinema ’76 Anonas, Cinema Centenario, and Cine Adarna is 150 pesos per screening.

Screening Schedules

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Opening and Closing Film

Leading the roster are two much-awaited Asian titles. Sigrid Bernardo’s Untrue is QCinema’s opening film while Wet Season, by Singaporean director Anthony Chen, will officially close the festival.

Cristine Reyes and Xian Lim topbills the festival opener by Bernardo who is the director of the indie hit, Kita Kita. The Hooq-produced Wet Season is Chen’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed film, Iloilo.

A Rising Wave

QCinema 2019 focuses on the strides Asian filmmakers have been making in world cinema, with Asian filmmakers bagging the Palme d’ Or award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for two consecutive years.  

Furthermore, the theme recognizes the growing number of women filmmakers participating in competitions for documentaries and short films. To add, this year’s QCinema sections have female-centric themes.

As one of the leading festivals in Southeast Asia, QCinema is the launching pad for the world premieres, not only for the three Filipino features in the Asian Next Wave competition, but also for new local shorts & documentaries, who all received grants from QCinema, where filmmakers own the rights to their films.

Local Film Grantees

QCinema recently relaunched its main competition, AsianNext Wave, to include three Filipino titles which each received a P1,500,000 seed grant: Arnel Barbarona’s Kaaway sa SulodBabae at Baril by Rae Red,and The Cleaners by Glenn Barit, which is his debut feature.

The QCShorts lineup features Judy Free by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon; Tokwifi by Carla Pulido Ocampo; Here, Here by Joanne Cesario; SPID by Alejo Barbaza and Mervine Aquino; Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss by Sonny Calvento; and Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa by Norvin De los Santos. The six filmmakers each received P200,000 production grants in the shorts competition.

Three new Filipino documentary features, recipients of post-production grants of P500,000 each, will premiere in the section, DocQC. They are For My Alien Friend (by Jet Leyco), A is for Agustin (Grace Pimentel Simbulan) and Spring by the Sea (Aleia Garcia).

International Selections

Five other films will showcase Asian talents at the Asian Next Wave.  These areNakorn-Sawan (by Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Thailand); Ave Maryam (Robby Ertanto, Indonesia); Fly By Night (Zahir Omar, Malaysia), The Long Walk (Mattie Do, Laos) and Suburban Birds (Sheng Qiu, China).

Most of the directors are slated to attend their gala screenings.

Three critically-acclaimed Asian docs round up the non-competitive documentary section with The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil (Pham Thu Hang, Vietnam); Talking About Trees (Suhaib Gasmelbari, Sudan) and Kabul, City in the Wind (Aboozar Amini, Afghanistan).

In Screen International, awarded titles from Cannes and Berlin will receive their Philippine premieres. They are  Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov); By The Grace of God (François Ozon); Nina Wu (Midi Z) ; Bacurau, (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles); Frankie (Ira Sachs), Synonyms (Nadav Lapid), The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu), God Exists Her Name is Petrunya (Teona Mitevska), On A Magical Night (Christophe Honore) and High Life (Claire Denis).

The Special Screenings section will showcase Lingua Franca (Isabel Sandoval); Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (J.-P. Valkeapää); Top End Wedding (Wayne Blair); No Data Plan (Miko Revereza); The Cave (Tom Waller); Krabi, 2562 (Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong); A Girl Missing, which is presented by Japan Foundation (Koji Fukada); and recent Locarno winner, Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa).

A special program of Australian short films, Flickerfest, rounds up this section with two filmmakers visiting from Down Under.

This year, QCinema introduces a new section. New Horizons is a platform for debut films or second features from around the world. It explores a range of genres such as The Bare Necessity(Erwan De Luc); Buoyancy (Rodd Rathjen); Homeward (Nariman Aliev); The Red Phallus (Tashi Gyeltshen); Chola (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan; and System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt).

Top End Wedding, Flickerfest Shortfilms, and Buoyancy are sponsored by the Australian Embassy.

Continuing its partnership with FDCP in promoting equality and representation, QCinema will screen six films representing the LGBTQ spectrum in the section, RainbowQC. These are Venice Queer Lion winner Jose (Li Cheng); Song Lang (Leon Le); Port Authority (Danielle Lessovitz); Where We Belong (Kongdej Jaturanrasamee); And Then We Danced (Levan Akin); and the Berlinale Teddy awardee, Brief Story from the Green Planet (Santiago Loza).

Part of the centennial celebration of Philippine cinema are two QCinema sections reflecting the rich heritage of classic and mainstream works by major directors, including the country’s national artists for film.

Centenial Classics will feature digitally restored films by ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project and FDCP. Part of the list are Biyaya ng Lupa (Manuel Silos); Malvarosa (Gregorio Fernandez); Insiang and Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag (Lino Brocka)Noli Me Tangere (Gerardo de Leon); and Tisoy (Ishmael Bernal).

A Special Life Achievement Award will be presented to Vicente del Rosario Jr., who established Viva Entertainment as one of the main, enduring pillars in the entertainment industry for more than fifty years.

QCinema is presenting the section, Viva Classics, in recognition of his outstanding contributions of “Boss Vic”, as he is fondly called, to the industry. Three of the previous decades’ well-loved hits will be shown here: Bituing Walang Ningning (Emmanuel H. Borlaza); Scorpio Nights 2 (Erik Matti); and Working Girls (Ishmael Bernal).

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

QCinema announces documentary lineup for 2019

A 41-year-old learning the ABCs, a woman living her life between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, and an alien recounting the lives of Filipino men and women – these stories highlight the lineup of documentary films for this year’s DocQC category at the QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema).

For its seventh edition, QCinema will showcase three documentary films that will run from October 13-22.

These documentaries include For My Alien Friend by Jet Leyco, A is for Agustin by Grace Pimentel Simbulan, and Spring by the Sea by Aleia Garcia.

Jet Leyco’s For My Alien Friend is about stories of Filipino men and women, and other living things passing through similar objects, familiar spaces, non-linear time, and dreams alike – all connected from the lens and experience of a stranger, an Alien whose language is disconnected and demands an interaction from the viewer to reconnect these stories to find their own meaning.

Jet Leyco, director of ‘For My Alien Friend.’

A is for Agustin by Grace Pimentel Simbulan focuses on the life of 41-year old Agustin Tiburcio, an illiterate indigenous man in a remote mountainous region in northern Philippines who wants to learn his ABCs. He gets fed up with being exploited by his employers and decides to go to school with the goal of making a better life for himself and his family.

Grace Pimentel Simbulan, director of ‘A is for Agustin.’

Spring by the Sea is a film by Aleia Garcia, showing alternating Philippines and Saudi Arabia as her home and uses personal home videos and present footage to tell the story of her family.

Aleia Garcia, director of ‘Spring by the Sea’

The grantees for the documentary films have been given a post-production grant of P500,000 each while retaining exclusive rights to their films.

Aside from DocQC, QCinema has also given grants to filmmakers for its QCShorts and Asian Next Wave competition category.

QCinema 2019 grantees revealed for Asian Next Wave tilt

QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) brings success for filmmakers another notch higher as it announces that its list of grantees will now be entered in the competition in its segment, the Asian Next Wave (ANW).

For the past six years, QCinema provided grants to new and seasoned filmmakers entering its Circle Competition, a category for local independent features. The grantees this year will have to be in the contest in ANW, which brings in select films from all over Asia.

Among the films by the grantees under ANW are Arnel Barbarona’s Kaaway sa Sulod, Rae Red’s Babae at Baril, and Glenn Barit’s Cleaners. The filmmakers will each be given a production grant of one and a half million pesos while retaining the rights to their films. 

The filmmakers will compete for the Pylon Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Artistic Achievement, as well as NETPAC Jury Prize and Gender Sensitivity.

Kaaway sa Sulod tells the story of two women, an army officer and a guerrilla fighter, who cross paths in a mission and find out they are mirror images of each other. They uncover a dark past that unites them more in the midst of conflict.

In Babae at Baril, a department store saleslady has had enough of being an underdog. One night, she discovers a peculiar-looking gun right on her doorstep. Her life drastically changes as she discovers how much power owning a gun can give her.

Cleaners by Glenn Barit is a story of different students from a high school cleaners group each dealing with different pressures of being clean and pure while also slowly discovering how the world is dirty and superficial, to begin with.

QCinema will showcase ANW from October 13 to 22, 2019. Visit for more details.

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.

WINNERS: QCinema International Film Festival 2017

The winners of the 5th QCinema International Film Festival were announced at the awarding ceremonies held at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao.

2017 QCinema Winners

Circle Competition Best Film: BALANGIGA: HOWLING WILDERNESS by Khavn
Circle Competition NETPAC Jury Prize: DAPOL TAN PAYAWAR NA TAYUG 1931 by Christopher Gozum

QC Shorts Best Film: BABYLON by Keith Deligero

Asian Next Wave Best Film: MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS by Mouly Surya
Asian Next Wave NETPAC Jury Prize:
SNOW WOMAN by Kiki Sugino

RainbowQC Best Film: CLOSE-KNIT by Naoko Ogigami
RainbowQC NETPAC Jury Prize:
BEACH RATS by Eliza Hittman

Best Director: Khavn for BALANGIGA: Howling Wilderness

Best Actor: Justine Samson for BALANGIGA: HOWLING WILDERNESS
Best Actress: Jally Nae Gilbaliga for THE CHANTERS
Best Supporting Actress: Sheenly Gener for DORMITORYO (MGA WALANG KATAPUSANG KWARTO)
Best Supporting Actor: Pio Del Rio for BALANGIGA: HOWLING WILDERNESS

Best Cinematography: Myko David for NEOMANILA

Gender Sensitivity Award: DORMITORYO (MGA WALANG KATAPUSANG KWARTO) by Emerson Reyes

Circle Audience Choice Award: NEOMANILA
QC Shorts Audience Choice Award: KUN’ DI MAN

2017 Festival Jury


  • Erik Matti
  • Najwa Abubakar
  • Davy Chou
  • Axel Estein


  • Clarence Tsui
  • Philbert Dy
  • Sigrid Andrea Bernardo


  • Johnny Symons
  • J. Neil Garcia
  • Ray Yeung


  • Alessandra De Rossi
  • Axel Estein
  • Quark Henares