Glenn Barit’s debut film wins top award at QCinema 2019
A film made of photocopied stills and hand colored with highlighter pens wins big at QCinema International Film Festival.
Cleaners of debuting filmmaker Glenn Barit won best film, besting seven other films in the QCinema’s main competition section – Asian Next Wave.
The nostalgic coming-of-age film Cleaners, set in schoolyear 2007-2008 in a high school in Tuguegarao, also bagged audience choice award and best screenplay.
Two other new directors bagged major awards. Chinese Qui Sheng won the NETPAC Jury Prize for Suburban Birds and Rae Red brought home the best director award for her first solo-directorial work, Babae at Baril. The film, Babae at Baril, also won the Gender Sensitivity Award.
Janine Gutierrez, who plays the titular lead in Red’s film, got her first international acting award as best actress while Por Silatsa of the Laotian film The Long Walk won best actor.
Lee Chatametikool of the Thai and German film Nakorn-Sawan was recognized for his artistic contribution in film editing.
It is the first time QCinema pitted its local grantees against Asian directors in this competition section, Asian Next Wave (ANW) Competition . It put in ANW's wing the former cluster -- Circle Competition, which was for the Filipino filmmakers.
In the QCShorts competition, Judy Free won best short film for Che Tagayamon, a recent UP film graduate,
Judy Free is about a young girl whose reality is intruded when her father, an overseas Filipino worker, brought home an animated doodle figure.
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Bontoc-based filmmaker, Carla Pulido Ocampo. The comedy short Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss by Sonny Calvento garnered the audience choice award for shorts.
This year’s batch of winners is an affirmation of the festival’s theme, Rising Wave, which recognizes debuting and female filmmakers.
The international set of jury for the Asian Next Wave is headed by renowned screenwriter Ricky Lee. The members are Richard Bolisay, Toshiyuki Hasegawa, Phan Dang Di, and Claire Marty.
The QCShorts competition jury members are Sari Dalena, Jun Sabayton, and Benjamin Tolentino.
Also, for the first time in 7 years, QCInema recognized the contribution of one of the living pillars of the film industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr. Vic del Rosario or "Boss Vic" of Viva Films.
This 7th edition of QCinema is its biggest yet, with 73 titles contained in 10 sections. Twelve of these have received generous grants, which are 3 full-feature films, 6 shorts, and 3 documentaries.
The festival will run until October 22 at Gateway Cineplex 10, Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Ortigas, Ayala Malls Cinema Trinoma, Cinema Centenario, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cine Adarna.
Festival partners are Quezon City Film Development Commission, The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, The Film Development Council of The Philippines, Sine Sandaan, Australian Embassy, Embassy of France, Japan Foundation, Embassy of the Republic Of Singapore, Viva Communications, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula, CMB Film Services, Outpost, Novotel Manila Araneta City, Cinema Bravo, ClickTheCity, GMA 7, Phar Philippines, Film Geek Guy, Film Police, Pelikula Mania, PEP.ph, MagandaBa, MagandaBa Movie, When in Manila, Unreel, Geoffreview, Explore Philippines, Business Mirror, and Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky.