QCinema International Film Festival 2018: Everything you need to know

Oct 19, 2018
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QCinema International Film Festival returns this year for its 6th edition this October 21 to 30, 2018.  The festival, organized by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC), will be featuring over 40 titles.


Main competition of the festival, which showcases five (5) independent works of new and seasoned filmmakers in the Philippines. All selected entries received a P1.5-M production grant each.

• "Masla A Papanok" by Gutierrez Mangansakan II
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 In 1891, a giant bird mysteriously appears in Cotabato foretelling the rise and fall of colonial empires.

• "Billie and Emma" by Samantha Lee
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Set in the mid-90’s, the film tells the story of Billie, a troublemaker from the big city, who finds herself exiled to San Isidro to live with her spinster aunt who is also the town’s religion teacher. Determined to change her ways and get through the last year of high school without incident, Billie hides herself from the world until she meets Emma, the ambitious, star student who coaxes Billie out of her shell. They soon fall in love but things get complicated when Emma finds out that she’s pregnant. Together, they explore the fleeting nature of love and life on this journey of growth, laughter and music.

• "DOG DAYS" by Timmy Harn 
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Dog Days follows the agony of being Michael Jodran Ulili, a teenager without family, a basketball superstar without a team. As he uncovers the myth of his destiny, he speeds into his own road to ruin, a dark path where crystal meth and blood magick ultimately test his capability to sustain a life that he doesn't know what to do with.

• "Hintayan ng Langit" by Dan Villegas
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Lisang is two years late. After dying from a complication of diabetes in her 60’s, Lisang has overstayed in her waiting room in purgatory, occasionally causing other souls trouble for her own entertainment. But today her waiting ends. Today, she is finally set to crossover and her room is to be leased to a new tenant: Manolo, her still-charming, newly deceased ex-boyfriend.

• "Oda Sa Wala" by Dwein Baltazar
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Sonya, an old maid is about to give up on herself until one day, she meets a corpse in her family's embalming business that changes her life.

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Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala (2018)
Two documentaries will be screened in this year's QCinema, both of which received a seed grant of P300,000 each to the filmmakers:

• "Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala" by Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo
• "All Grown Up" by Wena Sanchez

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Shoplifters (2018)

Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' will open the festival. The Palme d'Or winner at the 71st Cannes Film Festival follows a family of criminals scraping a living in downtown Tokyo.

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Piercing (2018)

For its closing film, Nicolas Pesce's 'Piercing' will be featured to close the festival.  Starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, the film was selected to commence the Halloween celebration this year. 

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Climax (2018)
A section of critically acclaimed films worldwide.

• "Cold War" (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland)
• "Climax" (Noé Gaspar, France)
• "Burning"  (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)
• "Faces Places" (Agnés Varda and JR, France)
• "Cold War" (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland)
• "Manta Ray" (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand)

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Come On, Irene (2018)

• "Elephant Sitting Still" (Hu Bo, China)
• "Ala Changso" (Sonthar Gyal, China)
• "Tomcat" (Klaus Händl, Austria)
• "La Priére" (Cédric Kahn, France)
• "Come On, Irene" (Keisuka Yoshida, Japan)


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A Land Imagined (2018)
A showcase of award-winning works of Asian filmmakers throughout the years.

• "A Land Imagined" (Siew Hua Yeo, Singapore)
• "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (Bi Gan, China)
• "Malila: The Farewell Flower" (Anucha Boonyawatana, Thailand)
• "The Great Buddha+" (Huang Hsin-yao, Taiwan)
• "The Seen and the Unseen" (Kamila Andini, Indonesia)
• "The Third Wife" (Ash Mayfair, Vietnam)

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1985 (2018)
A recognition to stories of the LGBT on film.

• "1985" (Yen Tan, USA)

• "Hard Paint" (Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, Brazil)
• "Knife + Heart" (Yen Tan, France)
• "Sorry Angel" (Christophe Honore, France)
• "The Heiresses" (Mercelo Martinessi, Paraguay)
• "The Wound" (John Trengove, South Africa)

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Five and the Skin (1982)
A tribute to the richness of French cinema.

• "And God Created Woman" (1956, Roger Vadim)
• "Diabolique" (1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
• "Five and the Skin" (1982, Pierre Rissient)

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All That Jazz (1979)
This year's digitally remastered titles are dance films from '70s and '80s.

• "All That Jazz" (1979, Bob Fosse)

• "Saturday Night Fever" (1977, John Badham)
• "Footloose" (1984, Herbert Ross)

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Antboy (2013)
Free screening of children's films from Denmark.

• "Antboy" (2013, Ask Hasselbalch)
• "The Great Bear" (2011, Esben Toft Jacobsen)
• "Karla's World" (2007, Charlotte Sachs Bostrup)


This year, the festival will not be limiting itself to Quezon City cinemas, but across Metro Manila as well. Venue line-up consists of Gateway Cineplex 10, Trinoma, Robinsons Galleria, UP Town Center, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Fairview, and SM Southmall.


Festival passes will be available at the QCinema desk (located at participating festival venues)  for ₱1,500 (good for 10 screenings) starting October 22 until October 26, 2018

Passes comes with a QCinema festival bag, t-shirt, and pin. Refer here for the full mechanics. 


Screening schedules are officially posted on the website. Click here to view.

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