QCinema Circle now open for entries

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After capping off a successful international film festival, the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) is once again ready to accept entries for the QCinema Circle Competition for New Filmmakers (Circle Competition).

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Circle Competition is one of the main features of the Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema). The continuance of the film festival shows the on-going effort of QCFDC to develop a new generation of moviemakers.

QCFDC, known for providing generous grants, will appropriate a one-million-peso assistance each to eight new directors.

A qualified participant must be a Filipino citizen who has not yet released more than three feature films. To join the competition, the filmmaker must furnish QCFDC with the filled-out QCinema application form (may be downloaded at qcinema.ph); a profile of proponents complete with director, writer, and producer details; a soft copy in PDF format and hard copy of the 1-page director’s statement, synopsis, sequence outline, and complete screenplay (preferred). Also required is a proposed budget scheme that outlines pre-production, actual production, and post-production costs. Co-financiers are allowed as long as they do not overshoot the P3-million support budget.

The director’s reel and sample works must be submitted in DVD format. Participants are also reminded that the completed screenplay must have a minimum of 60 sequences.

Final film output must not exceed the 120-minute total running time. All submitted films must be submitted in Apple ProRes format complete with English subtitles. Original literary sources, music materials, and film footages must have proper clearance from its respective copyright owners before it can be used in the final film output.

The film’s Digital Cinema Package (DCP) belongs to QCFDC, however, the filmmaker proponent can also procure a DCP copy.

The films must have its Philippine premiere in QCinema 2016. The rights for the final film output belong to the filmmaker but QCFDC, as the executive producer, reserves the right to screen it for the duration of QCinema 2016 and in other selected events after the festival screenings. The filmmaker must first obtain permission from QCFDC for commercial, non-commercial, and other film festival premieres.

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