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Festival Guide: QCinema 2021 International Film Festival


QCinema 2021 is happening on November 26 – December 5, 2021. It is one of my favorite film festivals in the Philippines, so it’s good to know that the organizers have taken the necessary steps to keep the Festival alive, while adhering to the guidelines and precautions for a safe moviegoing experience. Needless to say, the pandemic is still hovering over us, but with increased vaccination rates this year, comes with the hope that we can slowly but surely return doing the things we love, including attending film fests in movie theaters.

This year, QCinema is going to screen with a hybrid setup. Some titles will be available both online (via KTX.ph) and in theaters; others will exclusively screen at the Gateway Cineplex 10.

This guide is your one stop reference for everything QCinema 2021 – from the screening schedules, film info, how to watch the festival entries, and more.

QCinema 2021 Festival Guide


QCinema 2021: In-competition short films

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol

Maria Estela Paiso’s Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol follows Maya who is forced to go home to Zambales and confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.

City of Flowers

Xeph Suarez’s City of Flowers is set in 2013, when the City of Zamboanga is celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, just before the Zamboanga siege. It tells the story of a pregnant couple trying to survive a drought wreaking havoc on their flower farm and raising enough money for childbirth.


Directed by Kaj Palanca, Henry is about a teenager longing for another life when he visits a mansion鈥檚 construction site to seek compensation for his older brother鈥檚 work injury.

i get so sad sometimes

Trishtan Perez’s short, i get so mad sometimes, follows a gay teenager eagerly waiting for a mature man to finally reveal his face after developing an anonymous sexual relationship with him online.


Miko Lovelo and Mihk Vergara’s wacky mockumentary imagines what happens when a documentary crew covering the Philippine Giant Monster Defense Institute鈥檚 Mighty Robo V program learns that the wrong people were hired for the job.


Directed by Chuck Escasa, Skylab tells the story following two troubled boys, a satellite falling to the earth, and dark forces threatening the world.

QCinema 2021: Asian Shorts

  • Dear To Me (dir. Monica Vanesa Tedja) 🇮🇩
  • Filipi帽ana (dir. Rafael Manuel) 🇵🇭
  • How To Die Young In Manila (dir. Petersen Vargas) 🇵🇭
  • Live In Cloud Cuckoo-Land (dir. Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy) 🇻🇳
  • New Abnormal (dir. Sorayos Prapapan) 🇹🇭 | 🇰🇷 | 🇸🇬
  • Sunrise in my Mind (dir. Danceh San) 🇰🇭

QCinema 2021: Screen International

  • Drive My Car (dir. Ry没suke Hamaguchi) 🇯🇵
  • Happening (dir. Audrey Diwan) 🇫🇷
  • Memoria (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul) 🇨🇴 | 🇹🇭 | 🇫🇷
  • Miracle (dir. Bogdan George Apetri) 🇷🇴 | 🇨🇿 | 🇱🇻
  • My Salinger Year (dir. Philippe Falaradeau) 🇨🇦 | 🇮🇪
  • The Box (dir. Lorenzo Vigas) 🇲🇽 | 🇺🇸
  • The Great Movement (dir. Kiro Russo) 🇷🇴 | 🇨🇿 | 🇱🇻
  • The Worst Person In The World (dir. Joachim Trier) 🇳🇴 | 🇫🇷 | 🇸🇪
  • Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (dir. Edwin) 🇸🇬 | 🇩🇪 | 🇮🇩
  • Wheel Of Fortune and Fantasy (dir. Ry没suke Hamaguchi) 🇯🇵

QCinema 2021: RainbowQC

  • Great Freedom (dir. Sebastian Meise) 🇦🇹 | 🇩🇪
  • The Girl and the Spider (dir. Ramon Z眉rcher, Silvan Z眉rcher) 🇨🇭

QCinema 2021: New Horizons

  • Apples (dir. Christos Nikou) 🇬🇷
  • El Planeta (dir. Amalia Ulman) 🇺🇸
  • Playground (dir. Laura Wendel) 🇧🇪
  • Lamb (dir. Valdimar J贸hannsson) 🇮🇸 | 🇸🇪 | 🇵🇱
  • Magnetic Beats (dir. Vincent Ma毛l Cardona) 🇫🇷 | 🇩🇪

QCinema 2021: Special Screenings

  • Historya ni Ha (dir. Lav Diaz) 🇵🇭
  • Onoda (dir. Arthur Harari) 🇫🇷
  • A Will to Dream (dir. Patrick Alcedo) 🇵🇭
  • Am I Being Selfish? (dir. Patrick Alcedo) 🇵🇭
  • They Call Me Dax (dir. Patrick Alcedo) 🇵🇭

QCinema 2021: Asian Voices

  • Islands (dir. Martin Edralin) 🇨🇦
  • Yuni (dir. Audrey Diwan) 🇮🇩

QCinema 2021: NETPAC Reloaded

  • Baboy Halas (dir. Bagane Fiola) 🇵🇭
  • Suburban Birds (dir. Sheng Qiu) 🇫🇷

QCinema 2021: Ticketing Info

As of writing, QCinema has not yet released information about how to get tickets for the films, whether through online (via KTX.ph) or onground (at the Gateway Cineplex 10). We will update this guide once QCinema announces more details on how to access these films.

QCinema 2021: Screening Schedule

Below are the screening schedules for QCinema 2021 as of 21-Nov-2021 8:56PM. Important: Schedule and cinema assignments are subject to change, so please double check with the cinemas on the day of screening.

You may also search the schedule at unreel.ph.

Nov 26, FriSTRICTLY BY INVITATIONGateway Atmos 5Memoria
Nov 27, Sat1:30pGateway Atmos 5聽The Box
Nov 27, Sat4:00pGateway Atmos 5QCShorts Program (World Premiere)
Nov 27, Sat7:30pGateway Atmos 5Memoria
Nov 28, Sun1:00p聽Gateway Atmos 5Great Freedom
Nov 28, Sun4:00p聽Gateway Atmos 5The Worst Person in the World
Nov 28, Sun7:00p聽Gateway Atmos 5Drive My Car
Nov 29, Mon4:00p聽Gateway Atmos 5The Box
Nov 29, Mon6:30p聽Gateway Atmos 5Happening
Nov 30, Tue1:00p聽Gateway 1A Will To Dream
Nov 30, Tue4:00pGateway 1Drive My Car
Nov 30, Tue8:00pGateway 1Playground
Nov 30, Tue2:00pGateway 2Lamb
Nov 30, Tue4:30p聽Gateway 2The Worst Person in the World
Nov 30, Tue7:30p聽Gateway 2Great Freedom
Dec 1, Wed4:00p聽Gateway 1Great Freedom
Dec 1, Wed7:00p聽Gateway 1The Box
Dec 1, Wed2:30pGateway 2Lamb
Dec 1, Wed5:00pGateway 2Playground
Dec 1, Wed7:30p聽Gateway 2Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Dec 2, Thu3:00p聽Gateway 1Drive My Car
Dec 2, Thu7:00pGateway 1Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Dec 2, Thu2:30p聽Gateway 2Playground
Dec 2, Thu4:30pGateway 2Memoria
Dec 2, Thu7:30pGateway 2Lamb
Dec 3, Fri1:00p聽Gateway 1Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Dec 3, Fri4:00p聽Gateway 1Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Dec 3, Fri7:00p聽Gateway 1Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
Dec 3, Fri1:30p聽Gateway 2QCShorts Program
Dec 3, Fri4:30p聽Gateway 2The Worst Person in the World
Dec 3, Fri7:30pGateway 2Happening
Dec 4, Sat2:00p聽Gateway 1Asian Shorts Program
Dec 4, Sat4:30p聽Gateway 1QCShorts Program
Dec 4, Sat1:00p聽Gateway 2Historya ni Ha
Dec 4, Sat6:00pGateway 2Happening
Dec 5, Sun1:30p聽Gateway 1Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Dec 5, Sun4:30p聽Gateway 1Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Dec 5, Sun7:00p聽Gateway 1Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle
Dec 5, Sun1:00p聽Gateway 2A Will To Dream
Dec 5, Sun4:00p聽Gateway 2Asian Shorts Program
Dec 5, Sun6:30p聽Gateway 2QCShorts Program
Nov 26-30VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHQCShorts Program
Nov 26-30VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHMagnetic Beats
Nov 26-30VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHMy Salinger Year
Nov 26-30VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHThe Girl and the Spider
Dec 1-5VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHAsian Shorts Program
Dec 1-5VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHSuburban Birds
Dec 1-5VOD STREAMINGKTX.PHThe Great Movement

Last updated on聽21-Nov-2021 8:56PM. Schedule and cinema assignments are subject to change. Please check with the cinemas on the day of screening.
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