Then Quezon City Film Development Competition presented recently to members of the media the highlights of this year’s QCinema International Film Festival 2015.
The festival, which is on its 3rd year, aims to mark Quezon City as the film festival capital of the country.
“Dito sa Pilipinas, pag sinabing film festival, dapat Quezon City. Ito ay may tourism potential. Kapag panahon na ng film festival, pupunta sila sa Quezon City. Yan ang pangarap namin para dito.” (Here in the Philippines, when you say film festival, it should be Quezon City. This has tourism potential. If its already film festival season, they should go to Quezon City. That’s our dream here in the city.) says Quezon City Vice Mayor and Quezon City Film Development Competition Chairman Joy Belmonte.
The theme for this year is Indie-Genius: Next Wave of Philippine Cinema, which hints on the festival’s aim of being internationally recognized. Indie-Genius puts the spotlight on the surge of Philippine films being made, many of which are winning a number of awards in international film festivals.
The festival will run from October 22 to 31, 2015 at the Quezon City Museum, Trinoma Mall, Gateway Mall and UP Film Institute. It will feature, among others, the eight selected full feature film finalists of the Circle Competition; the five full-length documentary films that made it to the DoQC International Documentary Competition; and the exhibition category of foreign films under Screen International.
The Circle Competition finalists, which were also presented during the event, are “Water Lemon” by Lemuel Lorca; “Kapatiran” by Pepe Diokno; “Iisa” by Chuck Gutierrez; “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” by Mihk Vergara; “Stella” by Cesar Hernando; “Sleepless” by Prime Cruz; “Matangtubig” by Jet Leyco; and “Ang Huling Habagat” by Mario Cornejo.
Each film will receive a production grant of P1 million. Organizers also stressed its distinction from other festival grants, in which the filmmakers have full ownership of their films.
The DoQC International Documentary Competition films are “Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, and Sashimi’ by Perry Dizon; “The Crescent Rising” by Sheron Dayoc; “Audio Perpetua” by Universe Baldoza; “Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin” by Will Fredo; and “Bingat” by Choy Pangilinan, Qubry Quesada, Joolia Demigillo and Abet Umil.
These films will receive funding of P200,000 each and will compete with five other Asian features for the Pylon Award of the DoQC International Documentary Competition.
For more information, log on to www.qcinema.ph.