A variety of films—from local to international, new and old—were chosen to be part of the 5th Quezon City International Film Festival, more popularly known as QCinema 2017.
The winners of QCinema 2017 were revealed last night, October 26, during the awarding ceremony held at Novotel Hotel in Cubao.
The recipients of the acting awards were unable to personally receive their trophies but the directors of their films accepted their trophies on their behalf.
The historical film Balangiga: Howling Wilderness emerged as the big winner as it took home four trophies, including Best Picture.
Khavn Dela Cruz, won the Best Director award for Balangiga while his film's lead stars triumphed in the acting categories. Justine Samson was named as Best Actor while his co-star Pio Del Rio won the Best Supporting Actor trophy.
The Best Actress trophy went to Jally Nae Gilbaliga of The Chanters, a film about the Panay Bukidnon tribe.
The movie comeback of '90s actor Wowie de Guzman was through the QCinema 2017 entry titled Dormitoryo. Wowie portrayed a gay character who has a relationship with the character played by Jun Sabayton. Their ensemble film was able to win the Gender Sensitivity Award.
Wowie's co-star, Sheenly Gener, won the Best Supporting Actress award for Dormitoryo.
Andrian Legaspi and John Bedia nabbed the Best Screenplay award at the film fest for their notable work in The Chanters, a film that shows how love bridges the generational and cultural gap within a family.
In QCinema 2017, the competition category is divided into four sections: Circle Competition (full-length films), QC Shorts, Rainbow QC, and Asian Next Wave.
Meanwhile, the non-competition category is divided into various sections such as the Digitally Remastered Series, Screen International, Before Midnight, and Special Screenings.
The entries chosen for the Circle Competition were Balangiga: Howling Wilderness by Khavn Dela Cruz; Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes And Ghosts Of Tayug 1931) by Christopher Gozum; Dormitoryo by Emerson Reyes; Kulay Lila Ang Gabi Na Binudburan Pa Ng Mga Bituin by Jobin Ballesteros; Medusae by Pam Miras; Neomanila by Mikhail Red; The Chanters by Robin Mayo; and The Write Moment by Dominic Lim.
The entries for QC Shorts were Anya Iti Nagan Mo? (What is Your Name?) by Ice Idanan; Babylon by Keith Deligero; Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman (From The Dark Depths) by Kiri Dalena; Kun' di Man (If Not) by Phyllis Grae Grande; Link by Mike Esteves; Love Bites by Carl Joseph Papa; Pixel Paranoia by Epoy Deyto; and Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah (Astri And Tambulah) by Joseph Vincent Suarez.
The Rainbow QC category aims to uplift members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community by presenting a wide variety of LGBT narrative films.
The entries were Beach Rats by Eliza Hittman of the United States; Close-Knit by Naoko Ogigami of Japan; Fathers by Palatpol Mingpornpichit of Thailand; Mga Gabing Kasinghaba ng Hair Ko (Those Long Haired Nights) by Gerardo Calagui of the Philippines; Signature Move by Jennifer Reeder of the United States; and Tom of Finland by Dome Karukoski of Finland.
Asian filmmakers with less than three features were able to join QCinema’s Asian Next Wave category.
The entries were Dragonfly Eyes by Bing Xu of China; In Between Seasons by Dong-Eun Lee of South Korea; KFC by Le Binh Giang of Vietnam; Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya of Indonesia; Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan of Singapore/Thailand; and Snow Woman by Kiki Sugino of Japan.
Films will be screened at TriNoma, Vertis North, U.P. Town Center Cinema, Gateway, Robinsons Galleria, and Cinematheque Centre Kalaw in Manila until October 28, 2017.
Here is the list of winners of QCinema 2017:
Circle Competition Best Picture: Balangiga: Howling Wilderness
QC Shorts NETPAC Jury Prize: Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman (From The Dark Depths) by Kiri Dalena
Circle Competition NETPAC Jury Prize: Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes And Ghosts of Tayug) 1931
QC Shorts Best Film: Babylon
Asian Next Wave Jury Prize: Snow Woman by Kiki Sugino
Asian Next Wave Best Film: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya
Rainbow QC Best Film: Close Knit by Naoko Ogigami
Rainbow QC Jury Prize: Beach Rats by Eliza Hittman
Best Director: Khavn Dela Cruz (Balangiga: Howling Wilderness)
Best Actor: Justine Samson (Balangiga: Howling Wilderness)
Best Actress: Jally Nae Gilbaliga (The Chanters)
Best Supporting Actor: Pio Del Rio (Balangiga: Howling Wilderness)
Best Supporting Actress: Sheenly Gener (Dormitoryo)
Best Screenplay: The Chanters
Best Artistic Achievement Award: Myko David (Neomanila for its cinematography)
Gender Sensitivity Award: Dormitoryo
Audience Choice Award (Circle/Full-length category): Neomanila
Audience Choice Award (QC Shorts): Kun' di Man
To learn more about the entries this year, read: What to expect from QCinema 2017
For the schedule of screenings, click here: http://qcinema.ph/2017/schedule.html