QCinema Project Market

QCinema Project Market 2023: Full Line-Up

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QCinema Project Market (QPM), the official industry programme of the QCinema Film Festival, has announced a selection of 20 feature film projects for it inaugural edition, which will hand out $400,000 in grants and prizes. 

Ed Lejano, QCinema festival director, explained: “Our local grants were temporarily affected by the pandemic and it’s definitely back – with PHP3m ($54,000) for Filipino features and $35,000 for Southeast Asian features.”

QPM is managed by Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC), which is headed by QCFDC Executive Director and QPM managing director Liza Dino and QCinema Film Foundation president Manet Dayrit. 

The 20 projects, 12 from the Philippines and eight from Southeast Asia, were selected by a committee composed of Dayrit, Tatino Films’ Matthieu Darras, Thomas Jongsuk Nam, head of Bifan’s NAFF Project Market, and Filipino director Paolo Villaluna. 

“Selecting only 20 projects from the 65 that we received was a challenging yet inspiring process for the Committee. We were impressed by the immense talent and creative potential of the filmmakers in this region, and we hope that the QPM can help elevate these projects to fully realized films that we can soon enjoy on the big screen,” said Dayrit.

QPM is being held November 18-20, during the QCinema International Film Festival, which is taking place November 17-26. 


The Beer Girl In Yangon (Myanmar)
Director: Sein Lyan Tun
Producer: John Badalu Matulatan

The Burning Giants (Thailand)
Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Producer: Mai Meksawan

Don’t Cry Butterfly (Vietnam)
Director: Duong Dieu Linh
Producer: Tan Si En

The Drought (Singapore)
Director: Nelson Yeo
Producer: Tan Si En and Sophia Sim

The Fox King (Malaysia)
Director: Woo Ming Jin
Producer: Edmund Yeo

The Sea Is Calm Tonight (Vietnam)
Director: Lê Bảo
Producer: Weijei Lai

Tale Of The Land (Indonesia)
Director: Loeloe Hendra
Producer: Yulia Evina Bhara

Trinity (Singapore)
Director: Boo Junfeng
Producer: Raymond Phathanavirangoon


“A” Chasing “B” (Philippines)
Director: Dan Villegas
Producer: Antoinette Jadaone

The Boy And The Fight Of Spiders (Philippines)
Director: Jarell Serencio
Producer: Alex Poblete

Cangrejos (Philippines)
Director: Zurich Chan
Producer: Gale Osorio

Ella Arcangel: Ballad Of Tooth And Claw (Philippines)
Director: Mervin Malonzo
Producer: Emmanuel Angeles

Filipiñana (Philippines)
Director: Rafael Manuel
Producer: Jeremy Chua & Bradley Liew

Girl On The Turtle’s Back (Philippines)
Director: Paul Sta. Ana
Producer: Alemberg Ang, Monica Montejo & Iana Celest Bernardez

Hold My Gaze (Philippines)
Director: Carlo Catu
Producer: Bradley Liew & April Batican

Lost Memories In Transit (Philippines)
Director: Austin Tan
Producer: Stelle Laguda

RIA (Philippines)
Director: Arvin Belarmino
Producer: Kristine De Leon

The Remotes (Philippines)
Director: John Torres
Producer: John Torres

Underworld (Philippines)
Director: Isabel Sandoval
Producer: Alemberg Ang

Violet Flower (Philippines)
Director: Jerome Zamora
Producer: Wilfedo Manalang