QCinema has named its 6 grantees for the upcoming QC Shorts section in the 2021 QCinema International Film Festival.
Selected from hundreds of entries, the winning grantees each receive a PHP 350,000 production grant and ownership of film rights (a distinctive perk offered by QCinema). The shorts are going to be programmed later this year in the in-competition #QC Shorts2021 section.
The entries vary widely. There’s a story about a young gay man, a kaiju-infested Philippines, and a literal rain of amphibians. Here are the entries to QC Shorts 2021.
Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol
Maria Estela Paiso’s Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol follows Maya who is forced to go home to Zambales and confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.
City of Flowers
Xeph Suarez’s 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 childbirth.
Directed by Kaj Palanca, 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.
i get so sad sometimes
Trishtan Perez’s short, i get so mad sometimes, follows 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
Miko Lovelo and Mihk Vergara’s wacky mockumentary imagines 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.
Directed by Chuck Escasa, Skylab tells the story following two troubled boys, a satellite falling to the earth, and dark forces threatening the world.