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.
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’s construction site to seek compensation for his older brother’s 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.
MIGHTY ROBO V
Miko Lovelo and Mihk Vergara’s wacky mockumentary imagines what happens when a documentary crew covering the Philippine Giant Monster Defense Institute’s 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) 🇮🇩
Filipiñana (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) 🇻🇳
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. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) 🇯🇵
QCinema 2021: RainbowQC
Great Freedom (dir. Sebastian Meise) 🇦🇹 | 🇩🇪
The Girl and the Spider (dir. Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher) 🇨🇭
QCinema 2021: New Horizons
Apples (dir. Christos Nikou) 🇬🇷
El Planeta (dir. Amalia Ulman) 🇺🇸
Playground (dir. Laura Wendel) 🇧🇪
Lamb (dir. Valdimar Jóhannsson) 🇮🇸 | 🇸🇪 | 🇵🇱
Magnetic Beats (dir. Vincent Maël 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.