PR: 2021 QCinema Shorts Finalists Unveiled

QCinemaShorts 2021 Film Makers (v2)

QCinema International Film Festival’s #QCShorts are back.

Festival organizers announce the six entries chosen to compete in this year’s #QCShorts competition. Each film will receive a production grant worth P350,000 with ownership of film rights. These films will premiere in this year’s QCinema that is set for the last quarter of this year.

QCinema Festival Director Ed Lejano says “It has been a series of pivots in these trying times where festivals all over have been hit hard & struggling to present new works. This year, we are bringing back one of our audience’s favorites, our QCShorts competition, for them to look forward to this year, whether it will be theatrical or streaming. “

Out of hundreds of entries, QCinema has chosen to award six grants to a promising batch of filmmakers in a line-up that’s edgy and diverse. It spans a range of visionary stories – from nostalgic coming-of-age & topical LGBTQ themes, compelling dramas amidst urban & regional settings, to experimental fiction & wacky mockumentary.

The winning entries are Skylab by Chuck Escasa; Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol by Maria Estela Paiso; i get so sad sometimes by Trishtan Perez; MIGHTY ROBO V by Miko Livelo and Mihk Vergara; Henry by Kaj Palanca; and City of Flowers by Xeph Suarez.

Skylab by Chuck Escasa is about two troubled boys, a satellite falling to the earth, and dark forces threatening the world.

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol tells the story of Maya who is forced to go home to Zambales and confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.

i get so sad sometimes is about 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 tells 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.

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.

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 the childbirth.

Livelo, Vergara, Suarez, and Palanca returns as QCinema directors.

In 2014, Livelo directed the #QCShorts entry Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior. Vergara, in 2015, joined the Circle Competition and his entry Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo won the audience and gender sensitivity awards.

Suarez’ short film Si Astri maka si Tambulah made it to QCinema 2017 shorts competition. He also produced the QCinema 2016 Best Short Film Hondo.

Palanca co-wrote and co-directed the short film Contestant #4, the Audience Choice Award winner at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival.

More details about the festival and the #QCShorts competition will be released soon. Information is also available at or

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The winds of change have caught the sails of the Cinemalaya’s balanghai and take the film festival into a new direction.

Amid the social realities brought by the global health situation where existing protocols make it impossible for the 2020 and 2021 batch to complete their films on time, Cinemalaya re-thinks its direction and strategy to remain significant while continuing to fulfill its mission of discovering, encouraging, supporting, training and recognizing gifted Filipino independent

While Cinemalaya advocates artistic freedom and creative expression, it pushes filmmakers to break the mold, upskill their filmmaking processes and techniques, and experiment with new ways of storytelling.

For its 2023 edition, Cinemalaya introduces a new direction and further expands its cinematic boundaries through the Cinemalaya Film Lab, a three-month-long film-laboratory mentorship program happening on September to November 2021, conducted entirely online.
The film lab adheres to the education values of the Cinemalaya Institute, bringing together resource persons from different aspects of filmmaking –from scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, performance, editing, production design, sound, music, production management to promotion strategies.

By doing this, the Cinemalaya hopes to expand the Main Competition to include feature-length documentaries while encouraging filmmakers to focus on subject matters that capture the heart of the Filipinos. Cinemalaya likewise encourages submissions that combine different genres (“multi-genres”) and even “multimedia” (live action with animation or purely animation).

At the same time, it intends to prioritize film concepts that are workable or manageable to produce.

To join, interested participant should check requirement from or

Send your entries through this link
or to the Film, Broadcast and Media Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.
Deadline for submission is at 6pm on June 11, 2021 (Friday).

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PR: CCP launches Kanto Canta; collaborates with BRWN

BRWN members, in Bench barongs by Joey Samson, releases ‘Bangon’ music video. (Photo by Bolichie Suzara)

KANTO CANTA, a competition initiated by the CCP Board of Trustees, rises to the challenge of defining what is uniquely Filipino and hope to find that inherent sound that harmonizes the Filipino identity. The online music competition for original Filipino musical works, which was officially launched last February 17, 2021 via an online press conference, aims to create a contemporary music that incorporates traditional musical instruments and local languages in order to create a “new Pinoy sound.” Deadline for submission for the first quarter is on or before March 20, 2021.

In line with this, CCP collaborates with OPM R&B group BRWN to produce “Bangon!,” a music video featuring an uplifting lyrics, with a melodious blend of orchestral arrangement with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the band’s electronic flair. Giving it a more Pinoy flavour are Philippine ethnic instrumentation and Cordilleran chants. The music video, which premiered on February 23, 2021 in BRWN YouTube channel, is in partnership with Bench, who provided the Barongs designed by Joey Samson worn by the band members in the music video.

For more details, follow the CCP Kanto Kultura Facebook page ( and official social media pages
(@kantokultura). For inquiries, contact the CCP Marketing Department at (02) 8832-1125 local 1409/1800 or email (
Visit the CCP website ( and official CCP Facebook and social media pages.

*Photo by: Bolichie Suzara

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