A big boost to the movie industry, the Quezon City International Film Festival opened with fanfare at the Ayala Trinoma on November 5, 2014. The filmfest is in celebration of Quezon City’s 75th foundation day.
The formal affair was headed by the youthful QC mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista who happens to also be a part of the movie industry, being an actor and a comedian before he entered politics.
A shot before the formal start of the Quezon City International Film Festival. Bembol Roco, Leo Martinez, QC Mayor Herbert Bautista with other guests. Bembol portrays Dr. Lazaro, the first part of the Tres, the trilogy.
QC vice mayor and QCFDC head Joy Belmonte provided some insights on the concept of the international film festival. She’s hoping that the success of this event would lead to the furtherance of the festival.
Quezon City vice mayor Joy Belmonte is also the chairman of the Quezon City’s Film Development Commission which was in charge of the international film festival.
It all started with the grants awarded to deserving scripts submitted by filmmakers of full length and short films. After coordinating with the embassies, the international film festival came into reality.
The foreign entries are:
1. Jauja – Argentina
2. The Don Juans – Czech Republic
3. Leviathan – Russia
4. Mommy – Canada
5. Two Day, One Night – Belgium
6. 52 Tuesdays – UK
7. Ida – Netherlands
8. Lilet Never Happened – Netherlands
9. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance – tribute to Park Chan Wook
10. Oldboy – tribute to Park Chan Wook
11. Sympathy For Lady Vengeance – tribute to Park Chan Wook
The full length movies on the local side are Alienasyon, 1st Ko Si 3rd, Tres (trilogy produced by the Film Academy of the Philippines), Cemetery Life, Tigbag, Nick and Chai, Little Azkals, Mauban: Ang Resiko, Ang Di Paglimot Ng Mga Alaala, In Darkness We Live, Bigkis
Competing for the shorts are Tila, Ang Nanay Ni Justin Barber, Bonifacio, Sa Ngalan Ni Ultimate Warrior, Senior.
Other movies from the QCinema grants are Gaydar, Hello World, Lukas Niño.
FAP Director General Leo Martinez with prosthetic expert Cecille Baun who was bestowed the special award for her great contribution to the film industry
The event opened up with a flash mob dance performed by the youth of Quezon City. The countless young dancers occupied not only the whole stage but also the areas outside the stage.
For the cocktails, guests enjoyed the never-ending servings of fingerfoods particularly the chicken lollipop. The overflowing drinks was satiating especially the red and white wine.
Attendees from the Film Academy of the Philippines – Direk Joel Apuyan, Direk Boy Vinarao, character actor Dr. Rylan Flores, Leo Martinez, Alex Socorro, Direk Jose Carreon, character actor Jaime Cuales
The Film Academy fully supported the event with the presence of FAP Director General Leo Martinez, editors guild president Direk Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao, assistant directors and production managers guild president Joel Apuyan.
Also present were FAP website editor Direk Jose Carreon and production designer Vic Villavicencio. Other film diretors spotted in the event were Gil Portes, Joel Lamangan and Soxy Topacio.
Host of the event was Ginger Conejero of ABS-CBN.
Guests were treated to a loot bag containing the programme, a souvenir t-shirt and a souvenir mug plus a lanyard and some sticker.
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