The QCinema International Film Festival is kicking off its fifth edition Thursday night, and over the next week Filipino fans will be treated to a showcase of some of the country's most exciting talents in filmmaking.
For your viewing pleasure, here's a compilation of every trailer released by the festival so far on YouTube, including those for competing entries and short films. Check them all out below:
1. The Write Moment
Directed by: Dominic Lim
Cast: Jerald Napoles and Valeen Montenegro.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Synopsis: When he fails to get back with an old flame, a writer finds himself living in the scenes of a "romantic-hugot" script he wrote. He is forced to follow everything verbatim, or he's forced to relive the scenes in an endless loop.
2. The Chanters
Directed by: James Mayo
Cast: Jally Nae Gibaliga, Romulo Caballero
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Synopsis: Sarah Mae, a 12-year-old school girl and grand-daughter of the last chanter of the Panay Bukidnon tribe, obsesses with pop culture and readies herself for the visit of a sensational TV star to her school. As she perfects her dance, her grandfather, Lolo Ramon suffers the onset of dementia. As her lolo starts losing his precious memories, Sarah Mae is tasked to help him complete the last of the remaining 12 epics, their tribe’s vanishing tradition.
Directed by: Mikhail Red
Cast: Eula Valdes, Timothy Castillo, and Rocky Salumbides
Synopsis: Toto, a teenage orphan, is recruited by a notorious death squad. Irma, the group’s leader, soon becomes a maternal figure to the young boy. As the two form a familial bond, their loyalties will be put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face.
Directed by: Pam Miras
Cast: Desiree Del Valle, Carl Palaganas
Synopsis: A documentarist’s son goes missing when she films a story on the disappearances of the firstborns in a remote island. Her search reveals the presence of a cult and an abductor who looks like her, whom her son claims to be his real mother.
5. Kulay Lila ang Gabi na Binudburan Pa ng mga Bituin
Directed by: Jobin Ballesteros
Cast: Maxine Eigenmann, Rafael Alonso, Jay Castillo, Frida Fridur
Synopsis: Wanting to fix their marriage in any way, Aries and Chai signs up for a couples retreat program that gives them three days and two nights to resolve their issues.
6. Dormitoryo (Mga Walang Katapusang Kuwento)
Directed by: Emerson Reyes
Cast: Jun Sabayton, Wowie de Guzman, Vandolph Quizon, Kate Alejandrino, Charles Salazar, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, and Ces Quesada
Synopsis: Charles, an engineering student with an eye for beauty, just returned from school to a dormitory owned by Aling Linda, a strict, lonesome widow. Other occupants of the dorm include Max, now on his 7th year in college; Sheen, his reluctant partner; Steven, a social entrepreneur; Ramon, his cop lover; Alex, a call center agent; and Jenny, his attentive girlfriend. They all spend the evening tucked away in solitary rooms, talking about collective experiences, sharing a similar fate. And rent is due.
7. Dapol Tan Payawar na Tayug 1931
Directed by: Christopher Gozum
Cast: Cedrick Juan, Perry Dizon, Soliman Cruz and Ms. Fe GingGing Hyde
Synopsis: Set in Pangasinan, Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 follows the story of rebel leader Pedro Calosa and the Tayug Colorum Uprising of 1931. The events are retold from three sources: a silent film on Calosa's return to his hometown in 1927; the story of writer F. Sionil Jose following the aging supremo as he searches for sacred cave in 1966; and a filmmaker who revisites the sites of the uprising for a film on the subject.
8. Balangiga: Howling Wilderness
Directed by: Khavn Dela Cruz
Cast: Justine Samson, Warren Tuaño, Pio del Rio. Lourd de Veyra, Jun Sabayton, Roxlee, Daniel Palisa, and Althea Vega
Genre: Historical, Drama
Synopsis: Set in Balangiga in 1901, the film follows the life of the 8-year-old Kulas who flees town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith's "Kill and Burn" order. Through a twist of fate, Kulas finds a toddler amid a sea of corpses. Together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Directed by: Keith Deligero
Cast: Rhyles Cameron, Patricia Zosa, Nicole Blackman, Rya de Gusman, Publio Briones III
Genre: Sci-fi, Zarzuela
Synopsis: Two young girls travel through time to assassinate a barangay dictator to revise history.
2. Anya 'ti Nagan Mo? (What Is Your Name?)
Directed by: Ice Idanan
Cast: Miel Espinosa, Delphine Buencamino, Acey Aguilar, MJ Jacobo
Synopsis: A 6-year old girl gets lost in a cemetery in her mother's hometown. Despite the language barrier, a local stranger helps her find her way back home.
3. Si Astri Maka si Tambulah
Directed by: Xeph Suarez
Cast: Astri Tahari, Usman Agga
Synopsis: Astri is a 16-year old transwoman in a relationship with 17-year old Tambulah. Although it’s an unusual sight at the community where they live, nobody bothers them. Subsisting on the coins people throw at them when they perform their traditional dance at the sea. Everything is perfect except that Sama Bajao traditions and a pact made long ago require Astri to marry a woman she hardly knows.
4. Pixel Paranoia
Directed by: Epoy Deyto
Cast: Niko Lorenzo, Angela Munsyac, Jarius Oloquina
Synopsis: Kiko, constantly being hired by Lily to upload videos on Deep Web for a pay-per-view website, was given a task to upload a mysterious video which origins they do not know of, but would be a sure hit once it is up. Ever since he viewed the video, he's been receiving ghost calls and constantly feels like someone is watching him.
5. Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman (From the Dark Depths)
Directed by: Kiri Lluch Dalena
Synopsis: A woman mourns the drowning of a young activist that took place years ago. She sinks into herself and recreates a story that coalesces memory, delirium and forgetting.
6. Kun' Di Man
Directed by: Phyllis Grande
Cast: David Alcovendas. Cindy Alcovendas, Dylan Talon, Roy Requejo
Synopsis: Blind musicians, Cindy, 61, and David, 63, strive to provide for themselves as they work as singers at public transit stations. However, when one of the blind singers in the organization suffers a heart attack, the duo is forced to perform at separately. Apart, they grow anxious for each other and realize that their partnership goes beyond musical. Not letting one day pass, Cindy disappears from her assigned post. The two end up in a search, hoping to find each other despite the absence of sight.
7. Love Bites
Directed by: Carl Joseph Papa
Synopsis: In a busy pub in Quezon City, a grieving old man and a lively old woman learn that two halves make one whole.