Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trannies, queers and other members of the local LGBTQ+have every reason to celebrate as the oldest film festival for the LGBTQ+ community, the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival (QCIPFF), returns on Nov. 14 to 25 in three cinemas – Gateway Cinema, (UP) Cine Adarna, and Cinema Centenario, with over 60 titles of international and local films from shorts, feature, documentaries, and animation.
After a three-year hiatus, the Pink Film Festival is back. This year’s edition commemorates the 79th founding anniversary of Quezon City and the centennial of Philippine cinema.
50 Years of Fabulous”(2018), a documentary by Jethro Patalinghugon the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ+ charity organization, San Francisco’s Imperial Council will screen on Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m., at the Gateway Cinema Complex in Gateway Mall, Quezon City, as the inaugural opening film.
Featured in the festival are a total of 64 international and local feature and short films. Filmmakers and actors from the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Tonga, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Syria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom will participate in this year’s celebration.
Featured in the Pink Film Festival 2018 international lineup are films celebrating gay pride and sexuality such as Brazil’s Liquid Truth, Japan’s Boys for Sale, and Turkey’s Mr. Gay Syria, Tonga’s Leitis in Waiting, and Thailand’s The Driver.” While the Philippine lineup highlights PJ Raval’s documentary on the tragic life of transgender Jennifer Laudetitled, Call Her ‘Ganda’(Call her ‘Beautiful’).
Also happening in this year’s Pink Film Festival are seminars and programs from festival partners like Amnesty International Philippines’ talk about the current health and human rights situation concerning the LGBTQ+ community on Nov. 21, 2 p.m. at the UP Cine Adarna, Diliman, Quezon City. Project Red Ribbon Care Foundation will also conduct HIV awareness program and testing.
The celebration of the LGBTQ+ community films, as well as a constant reminder of health and human rights in the Philippines, the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival starts screening on Nov.14-17 at the Gateway Cinema Complex in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao; Nov.19-21 at University of the Philippines Cine Adarna in Diliman; and Nov. 22-25 at Cinema Centenario in Maginhawa St., Diliman.