Herbert Bautista, Quezon City willing to share funds for future Cinemalaya edition

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (left) disclosed that they are dealing with Tonyboy Cojuangco (right) regarding Cinemalaya. QCIFF Festival Director Ed Lejano (not in photo) pointed out: "We’re trying to help whichever festival that needs support dahil may konting funds naman ang Quezon City being the `City of Stars’ to help other festivals, para ma-support ang filmmaking sa bansa."


Herbert Bautista revealed that they have been working closely with Tonyboy Cojuango regarding the future of Cinemalaya.

The Quezon City mayor disclosed that he is dealing directly with Tonyboy, who is the chairman of the Cinemalaya Foundation, regarding the annual film festival.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Mayor Herbert regarding reports indicating his willingness to support Cinemalaya.

“Yeah, we’re now working closely with people from Cinemalaya because Tonyboy Cojuango wrote to us and there are preliminary talks. Hopefully by next year it’s with us, Quezon City, already,” said Mayor Herbert in an interview held at Trinoma last November 5.

How would Cinemalaya be different if handled by Mayor Herbert?

“Iiwan ko sa technical experts [and QC Film Development Commission executive director Ed Lejano] `yan , we’ll leave it to them.”

Ed Lejano explains, “Ngayon lang yata nabanggit ito so I’m not at liberty to say. We’re trying to help whichever festival that needs support dahil may konting funds naman ang Quezon City being the `City of Stars’ to help other festivals, para ma-support ang filmmaking sa bansa.

“It’s still an ongoing discussion so until we have more definite details to be announced soon.”

Mayor Herbert calls on Quezon City and non-Quezon City residents to support the QCinema International Film Fest, which is now on its third edition.

“Alam niyo pag-suporta n`yo sa ganito, bigyan niyo lang ng ilang taon pa ito, sikat na sikat na Quezon City natin. Makikilala na lungsod natin sa buong mundo bilang isang lugar kung saan may magagandang pelikula na binubuo at pinaglalaban-laban mula sa local hanggang sa international. Maraming salamat sa mga sumusuporta na mga kababayan natin `di lang sa Quezon City, pati taga- ibang lugar.

“Unti-unti na nararating yung pangarap natin na makilala sa buong mundo sa pamamagitan ng cinema.”


QUEZON CITY TO HOST CINEMALAYA 2015. It will be recalled that for this year’s edition, Cinemalaya lost one of its main financial supporters when philanthropist Tonyboy Cojuangco no longer shelled out his personal money to finance the grants given to filmmakers.

(Read: Cinemalaya pushes through even without funding from Tonyboy Cojuangco)


In order to mount Cinemalaya 2014, the 10th edition of the film fest, former Cinemalaya Foundation President Nestor Jardin approached the Department of Budget and Management for additional funds and the amount of P15 million was added to the budget of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

In a separate interview with PEP last November 6, Cinemalaya monitoring head Mel Chionglo explained that the government did not give additional funding for the CCP in order to mount the 2015 edition.

“There will be no funding anymore from the government to sustain Cinemalaya,” said Direk Mel Chionglo. “The executive committee is entertaining those who are willing to fund Cinemalaya.”

As a result, there have been concerns from the filmmaking community as to whether or not there will be another edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Fest.

Last night, November 10, Quezon City Mayor Herbert revealed in his speech that Quezon City will host the 11th edition of Cinemalaya next year.

"We want Quezon City to be the entertainment capital and the hub for artists," said the mayor who used to be an actor during the 1990s. Bistek (Herbert’s nickname) is best known for the youth-oriented movie Bagets. He and his siblings run Heaven’s Best Productions, which produced movies such as Burgos and Kamkam.

Read the full details in a separate article to be published soon on PEP.ph.


DIFFERENCES FROM PREVIOUS EDITIONS. Compared to the previous two years of the Quezon City film fest where local films were shown only for exhibition, the films included in this year’s QCinema competed for various awards such as Audience Choice, Best Picture and Jury Prize.

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Quality international films are also included in the lineup.

(To learn more about the 3rd QCinema International Film Fest, CLICK HERE)


Quezon City Mayor Herbert intends the QCinema International Film Fest to be bigger this year and better in the years to come.

“Ako po’y tuwang-tuwa dahil unti-unti na, kumbaga sa bata, unti-unti na siyang lumalaki. We’re looking forward na maging parang Cannes Film Fest ito or Tribeca ni Robert de Niro or Sundance ni Robert Redford.

“Sabi ko nga sa Quezon City Film Development Commission nung nagkaroon sila ng meeting two weeks ago, sabi ko nga, `The more controversial the movie, the better for the film fest para talagang pag-usapan [at] panoorin. The more realistic, malapit sa katotohanan, whether it’s about graft and corruption in government, incest, what have you.

“Those that are supposed to be taboo ay mailathala natin dito because we are realists. Ito yung mga totoong nangyayari sa atin pong lipunan. Pero today, dahil 75th Founding Anniversary ng Quezon City, we will depict the social life of Filipinos who are Quezon City residents.”

The mayor also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to 80-year old Cecille Baun, the woman responsible for the prosthetics and special makeup for classic and popular films such as the first Shake Rattle and Roll’s “Manananggal” episode, the film Tiyanak, the Darna movies of the 1970s and a slew of other films both local and international.

In her more than three decades of working in the Philippine movie industry, Cecille Baun considers QCinema’s first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award “the biggest award” she has ever received.

An exhibition of Ms Cecille Baun’s works can be seen during the entire festival, which will run until November 17.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, co-chair of the Quezon City Film Development Commission, proudly detailed the affordable cost of watching quality films in the festival.

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“P50 lang (kapag) Senior Citizen, Person With Disability, Solo Parents at Students.

“Ang children’s films classics, courtesy of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board, ay libre.

“Ang [ticket ng] regular showing ay P100.

“Bukod sa children’s films, may showing na libre din. Just come here. Tanungin n`yo ang box office. Kung di gaano puno, we just let people in for free. Kasi gusto namin lahat ng tao magkaroon ng pagkakataon makapanood ng quality films.”

BUDGET FOR QC FEST. QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte also mentioned where the bulk of the budget for the festival came from.

“Ang budget galing sa kanya,” referring to Mayor Herbert, who serves as the chairman of the QC Film Development Commission.

The Mayor made light of this and joked about his participation in the festival.

“Participation ko, ako tagapanood…Quezon City government effort ito, everybody has their own share and contribution.”

The Mayor turns serious and explains, “Nag-expire na kasi amusement tax sa Quezon City. Pwede natin ipataw `yan pero yung 10% na yun pag nasingil ng City Government, pinapakwenta ko na sa kanila nung huling meeting, saka natin i-cho-chop. This much will go sa Quezon City Film Development Commission, eto for subisidy ng ganito, etc…Ang importante, yung amusement tax na yun will go to the benefit of the filmmakers, hinde ng...basta!”

Mayor Herbert then described the evolution of the festival.

“Ako’y nagpapasalamat dahil…nung nagsisimula pa lang ito, ang naglalaban-laban nasa student category. After that nagkaroon ng ilang exhibitions lang ng mga local films. Ngayon this is the third QCinema, meron nang international contributions from various embassies & countries. Merong QCX: mga short indie films.”

QCX (Quezon City Experience) are five short films that each received P150,000 production grants. According to QC Film Development Commission Executive Director Ed Lejano, “QCX presents facets of lives in Quezon City.”

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The five short films are Tila by Rob Jara; Ang Nanay ni Justin Barber by Victor Villanueva; Senior by Jed Medrano; Bonifacio by Grace Simbulan; and Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior by Miko Livelo.

Ten of its production grantees are also featured in the festival: 1st ko si 3rd by Real Florido; Nick and Chai by Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez; Tigbao by M. Bonifacio; Cemetery Life by Barbara Politsch; and Tres (a three-part film by William Mayo, Edgardo Boy Vinarao, and Jose M Carreon).

Aside from Trinoma, films in QCinema will also be shown in Fairview Terraces and Robinsons Movieworld.

Ed Lejano explains, “Gusto namin accessible kami…There are enough treats for everybody at mura. QC-friendly prizes.”

The festival runs until November 11 at Trinoma, November 12-14 at Fairview Terraces and November 15-17 at Robinsons Magnolia.


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