‘Cleaners’ wins top award at QCinema 2019; here’s the list of winners

BY: Jo-Marie Bala

GLENN Barit’s debut film ‘Cleaners‘ won Best Film in this year’s QCinema International Film Festival held last Friday, October 18, at the ballroom of the Novotel Manila Araneta City in Quezon City. Cleaners is a nostalgic coming-of-age film set in school year 2007-2008 in a high school in Tuguegarao.

Aside from the Best Film award, Cleaners also bag another two awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Audience Choice for feature-length film.

Two other new directors bagged major awards.  Chinese Qui Sheng won the NETPAC Jury Prize for Suburban Birds and Rae Red brought home the best director award for her first solo-directorial work, Babae at Baril. The film, Babae at Baril, also won the Gender Sensitivity Award.

It is the first time QCinema pitted its local grantees against Asian directors in this competition section, Asian Next Wave (ANW) Competition . It put in ANW’s wing the former cluster — Circle Competition, which was for the Filipino filmmakers.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Bontoc-based filmmaker, Carla Pulido Ocampo. The comedy short Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss by Sonny Calvento garnered the audience choice award for shorts.

This year’s batch of winners is an affirmation of the festival’s theme, Rising Wave, which recognizes debuting and female filmmakers.

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Here’s the complete list of winners:

  • Best Film: Cleaners (Glenn Barit)
  • Best Director: Rae Red (Babae at Baril)
  • Best Screenplay: Cleaners
  • Best Actor: Por Silatsa (The Long Walk)
  • Best Actress: Janine Gutierrez (Babae at Baril)
  • Best Short Film: Judy Free (Che Tagayamon)
  • Best Audience Choice: Cleaners
  • Audience Choice Award (short film): Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss (Sonny Calvento)
  • Gender Sensitivity Award: Babae at Baril (Rae Red)
  • Special Jury Prize: Carla Pulido Ocampo (Tokwifi)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Vic del Rosario (Viva Films)
  • NETPAC Jury Prize: Qui Sheng (Suburban birds)
  • Best Contribution for Film Editing: Lee Chatametikool (Nakorn-Sawan)

This 7th edition of QCinema is its biggest yet, with 73 titles contained in 10 sections. Twelve of these have received generous grants, which are 3 full-feature films, 6 shorts, and 3 documentaries.

The festival will run until October 22 at Gateway Cineplex 10, Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Ortigas, Ayala Malls Cinema Trinoma, Cinema Centenario, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cine Adarna.

Festival partners are Quezon City Film Development Commission, The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, The Film Development Council of The Philippines, Sine Sandaan, Australian Embassy, Embassy of France, Japan Foundation, Embassy of the Republic Of Singapore, Viva Communications, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula, CMB Film Services, Outpost, Novotel Manila Araneta City, Cinema Bravo, ClickTheCity, GMA 7, Phar Philippines, Film Geek Guy, Film Police, Pelikula Mania, PEP.ph, MagandaBa, MagandaBa Movie, When in Manila, Unreel, Geoffreview, Explore Philippines, Business Mirror, and Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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