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Indie, Genius!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Circle Competition is Now Open!

Fresh from its successful 2014 run, highlighting the Diamond Jubiliee Celebration of the city, the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) opens once again its Circle Competition and announces the launch of DoQC International Documentary Competition of the 2015 QCinema International Film Festival.

Nine million pesos worth of grants are up for grabs by new filmmakers.  Eight narrative feature films will be funded one million pesos each as part of the QCinema’s Circle Competition for New Filmmakers. Five full-length documentary films will be funded 200,000 pesos each as part of the QCinema’s DoQC International Documentary Competition.

The films will be eligible to compete for the Pylon Awards where cash prizes are also at stake.

The QCinema’s Circle Competition for New Filmmakers is open to filmmakers who have not made more than three feature films under his or her credit.  To join the competition, the filmmaker must submit a completed QCinema 2015 application form; a profile of proponents, including the director, writer and producer; a soft copy in PDF format and hard copy of the 1-page synopsis, the director’s statement, sequence outline and complete screenplay (preferred); and a sample of director’s works in DVD format. Also needed are the proposed budget outline in the format of pre-production, production and post-production.

Screenplay must have a minimum of sixty sequences and an estimated running time of not more than 100 minutes. Submitted film output must be in AVI format with English subtitles.  Co-financiers may be involved in the project as long as the overall budget is pegged at a maximum of 3 million pesos.

For the QCinema’s DoQC International Documentary Competition, only filmmakers who are Filipino citizens are eligible to join. To join the competition, the filmmaker must submit a completed QCinema 2015 application form; filmmaker’s profile;  a soft copy in PDF format and hard copy of the concept paper, director’s statement and topic outline;  director’s reel and sample works in DVD format; and proposed budget outline in the format of pre-production, production and post-production.

Documentary projects currently in production are preferred but not required.  For projects currently in production, a maximum of 15 minutes footage must be submitted in DVD format.

Completed film output must be a minimum of 45 minutes total running time, with a maximum of 90 minutes total running time. Submitted film output must be in AVI format with English subtitles.

The films must have its Philippine premiere in QCinema 2015. The rights for the completed film output belong to the filmmaker. However, QCFDC, as executive producers, reserves the right to screen the film during selected events.  Commercial, non-commercial and / or film festival screenings of the films must also have prior permission from QCFDC.

Organizers also remind all filmmakers that the use of original literary sources, music materials & film footages must have proper clearance from its respective copyright owners before it can be used in the final film output.

Submitted film output must have its Philippine premiere in QCinema 2015, which will be held from October 22 to 31, 2015.

Application forms may be downloaded at  Completed forms and all attachments may be submitted at VPF Creative Productions Office at Unit 207, PM Bldg., #24 Matalino St., Central, Quezon City.  Deadline of submission for the circle competition February 20, 2015, at 5:00 PM.  Deadline for the DoQC  International Documentary Competition is March 20, 2105 at 5:00 PM.



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