The annual QCinema International Film Festival has, for the 7th time, opened some big screens to showcase several quality international and local films.
The Philippines’ City of the Stars, Quezon City, has officially opened the 7th edition of QCinema International Film Festival yesterday. Evolving from merely a city-oriented project, the festival continues to showcase a broad spectrum of quality films, both local and international.
The screening of Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s film ‘Untrue’ officially inaugurated the festival. It stars Christine Reyes and Xian Lim. Meanwhile, Bernardo is the director for the indie sleeper-hit, ‘Kita Kita’.
On the other hand, ‘Wet Season’ by Singaporean director Anthony Chen will officially close the festival on October 22.
Divided into different categories, the films will have their screenings in Gateway Mall, Ayala Trinoma, Robinsons Galleria, UPFI Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cinema Centenario.
73 Films, 10 Major Sections
We weren’t kidding when we said that QCinema has a wide variety of local and international films. In fact, in this year’s film fest, there are 10 major sections – 2 of which are competitions – comprising of 73 titles all in all.
Check out the list of major sections in QCinema 2019 below.
- Asian Next Wave is a competition aiming to celebrate the efforts of Asian filmmakers to make an impact on the world cinema. Joining the competition are three entries from the Philippines, namely: Kaaway sa Sulod, Babae at Baril, and Cleaners.
- QCShorts is another competition featuring six short films. The filmmakers for each were given P200,000 for production grants.
- DocQC features Philippines’ and other Asian documentaries which are both informative and eye-opening.
- RainbowQC showcases six films representing the LGBTQ spectrum. This is in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines to promote equality and representation.
- Screen International allows the Filipino audience to watch firsthand the awarded titles from Cannes and Berlin.
- New Horizons allows international debut films or second features to make their Philippine cinema debut.
- Centennial Classics celebrates 100 years of Philippine Cinema by featuring digitally restored films by ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project and FDCP.
- Viva Classics recognizes Vicente del Rosario‘s outstanding contributions to the film industry by featuring well-loved Viva Entertainment films.
- QCinema Reloaded allows rewatching for some of QCinema’s Circle Film competition grantees.
- Special Screenings
To learn more, you can check QCinema’s website. There you can also find the daily screening schedules in the different cinemas. For updates, you can also like QCinema’s Facebook. The screenings will run until October 22.