Timely film ‘Kun Maupay Man It Panahon’ took seven years and 11 production companies to become a reality

With the recent news about the devastation brought by typhoon Odette hitting the headlines, the subject of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry film Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (which opens in theaters nationwide on December 25) is as timely as ever. The globally recognized drama film starring Charo Santos, Daniel Padilla and newcomer Rans Rifol, tells …

Christian Bables top-bills Jun Robles Lana’s ‘Big Night!’ at MMFF 2021

One of the most anticipated local events of the season, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), formally returns to theaters after releasing the list of official entries this year. Among the contenders that made it on the roll is Jun Robles Lana’s dark comedy, Big Night! Produced by Cignal Entertainment and IdeaFirst Company, together with …

‘i get so sad sometimes’ gets top award in this year’s QCinema

Trishtan Perez’ short film, i get so sad sometimes wins #QCShorts Best Picture in this year’s edition of QCinema International Film Festival.  i get so sad sometimes is about a high school teenager who secretly spends his time on the internet with a mature man whose face he still hasn’t seen yet.  The film is cited for its keen observation …

QCinema calls its 2021 edition “Jump Start” as it celebrates cinema’s great rebound

With the gradual reopening of cinemas, Cinephiles have more reasons to nourish an inflow of excitement. QCinema International Film Festival returns with a hybrid edition from November 26 to December 5 with in-person screenings at Gateway Cineplex 10 and online streaming via KTX.ph. “This will be the first film festival to be held after cinemas opened …

QCinema 2021 to feature two Ryūsuke Hamaguchi movies

2021 is the year of Japanese auteur Ryūsuke Hamaguchi.   Touted as the most important Japanese director to emerge in recent years, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi marked this year with two feature films that have both been sensations on the festival circuit.  His film Wheel of Fortune And Fantasy won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale. Less than four months …

QCinema Announces Asian Shorts Program for 2021 edition

With a month to go before its 2021 edition, QCinema International Film Festival launches new titles under its new Asian Shorts program for its hybrid festival. Showcasing fresh new voices from Southeast Asia, the Asian Shorts line-up features recent titles that have competed in major festivals abroad. It shines a spotlight on emerging Asian names in the festival …

KWENTO NATIN ‘TO: A Guide to the Active Vista International Human Rights Festival 2021

Do you feel heard and seen? Do you think that the dominant narratives in our country tell the real stories of your life, livelihood, and lifestyle? In time with the commemoration of the Martial Law declaration in the Philippines on September 21, human rights organization DAKILA will launch the annual Active Vista International Human Rights …

QCinema International Film Festival partners with KTX for 2021 Edition

With the pandemic far from over and cinemas still closed, QCinema International Film Festival jump cuts the challenges and proceeds again with a hybrid festival.  In 2020, the festival pivoted to the new normal with a festival that featured socially distanced and by-invitation-only physical screenings coupled with online streaming.  This year, from November 26 to …

WATCH: Venice International Film Festival trailer for Erik Matti’s ‘On The Job: The Missing 8’

The first look of On The Job: The Missing 8 film in this special Venice International Film Festival trailer. The film will have its world premiere this September 10. And will have an Asia-wide release as part of a 6-episode series this September 12 as an HBO Asia Original series on HBO GO. Inspired by …

Daniel Padilla, Charo Santos-Concio starrer ‘Kun Maupay Man It Panahon’ wins the Cinema e Gioventù Prize at Locarno Film Festival

The Filipino film Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine) received the Cinema e Gioventù (Youth Jury Prize) Prize at the recent Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad and starring Charo Santos-Concio, Daniel Padilla, and Rans Rifol, it tells of a young man’s search for his mother and beloved in the …