8 finalists of QCinema 2016 Circle Competition revealed

by Mell T. Navarro
Apr 28, 2016
The Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) is scheduled to take place from October 6-15, 2016.

The eight (8) finalists of this year's QCinema Circle Competition, were announced today, April 28, after months of deliberation by the selection committee.

The full-length category is just one of the sections of the Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) to be held from October 13-22, 2016, according to QCinema festival director Ed Lejano.

Here is the list of the eight films that made the cut (in alphabetical order, according to the surname of filmmaker):

1.      Dwein Baltazar, writer-director of Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus
2.      Derick Cabrido, director of Purgatoryo (written by Denise O'Hara)
3.      Kristian Cordero, writer-director of Hinulid
4.      Prime Cruz, director for Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 22B (written by Jen Chuaunsu)
5.     Sheron Dayoc, writer-director of Women Of The Weeping River
6.     Bagane Fiola, writer-director of Baboy Halas
7.     Victor Louie Villanueva, director of Ang Lubong Ni Hesus (written by Fatrick Tabada)
8.     HF Yambao, director of Best. Partee. Ever. (written by Honee Alipio)

The selection process was facilitated by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC), an organization formed  by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte to promulgate arts and culture in Quezon City.

These filmmakers will be given a film grant of P1 million each. The QCinema grant is one of a kind because it allows filmmakers to own the rights to their movies.


Gusto Kita With All my Hypothalamus by Dwein Baltazar takes the narrative to Avenida, Rizal--the once “downtown” of Manila where the fates of four men intertwine: a pickpocket, a widowed old man, a university student, and a thrift shop employee, all connected by a mysterious beauty named Aileen.

Purgatoryo directed by Derick Cabrido, tells the story of Ilyong, a man recently killed by the police after he was caught stealing. His death signaled the start of a story that showed the complex relationship of a gambling lord, a policeman, a funeral parlor owner, and her two helpers.

In Hinulid (a Bicol term), director Kristian Cordero trails behind a woman who travels to Cagbunga, Camarines Sur while carrying the ashes of her only son. She rides an old train that circles her universe like the tandayag, the primordial serpent known in the Tagalog and Bicol region.

In Ang Manananggal sa Unit 22B, powerhouse couple writer Jen Chuaunsu and director Prime Cruz show the struggles of Jewel, a manananggal (creature who separates from its  lower body and becomes a winged monster at night) who falls in love with a broken-hearted man. Can Jewel find true love or is she destined to live alone forever?

Internationally renowned filmmaker Sheron Dayoc shows his prowess in Women of the Weeping River, a film project that has received international development grants and a production grant. Satra, a widow living in the southern Mindanao, forms a relationship with an aging village woman named Farida to help her in holding peace talks with a rival family.

Baboy Halas (Wild Boar), written and directed by Bagane Fiola, is set in the vast mountain range in Mindanao where a Manobo family’s survival is threatened by the sudden appearance of a white pig near an enchanted waterfalls. The Hunter becomes so entranced by the pig that he could no longer distinguish right from wrong—fantasy and reality. As his mind descends into madness, he plunges into the enchanted river where it all began, never again to be seen as the person he once was.

In Best. Partee. Ever., first-time indie filmmaker HF Yambao narrates city jail goings-on through the eyes of Mikey, a young, discreet gay man from the affluent class who spends five years in a city jail while hearing his case for drug pushing. Mikey eventually finds himself as the ringleader of a group of gay inmates called “Gang-da” and together they survive the dangers lurking behind prison bars.

Ang Lubong ni Hesus is a Cebuano comedy-drama road film by award-winning Filipino film director Victor Louie Villanueva. The movie shows how the status quo of a dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family headed by Isay, a single mother, takes a wild turn upon receiving word that her ex-husband, Hesus, has already passed away.

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