Nick Deocampo, multi-awarded filmmaker and Associate Professor at the UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines-Diliman, headlines once again the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival (QCIPFF) happening 14 to 25 November.
Back after a three-year hiatus, this year’s edition is the biggest celebration since the festival’s commencement in 2014.
All of the 64 international, local feature and short films included in the lineup tackles health, sexuality and human rights of the members of the LGBTQ Community.
PJ Raval’s documentary on the tragic life of Jennifer Laude, titled Call Her ‘Ganda’ is among the highlights of the local lineup alongside the screening of Ded na si Lolo, a comedy film by the former Quezon City Pride Council and film director Soxie Topacio.
Jethro Patalinghug’s 50 Years of Fabulous, a documentary on the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ+ charity organization, San Francisco’s Imperial Council, will open the festival on 14 November.
Featured in the international lineup are Brazil’s Liquid Truth, Japan’s Boys For Sale, Turkey’s Mr. Gay Syria, Tonga’s Leitis in Waiting and Thailand’s The Driver.
The festival’s last run in 2015 featured the films El Hombre Nuevo, winner of the Best Documentary Award; Stories of Our Lives, special Jury Award winner from Kenya and Nasty Boy, TEDDY Best Film awardee from the United States.
Among the Filipino films shown were Esprit de Corps, Esoterika Maynila, Shunned and Pinoy Transking.
“The definition of Pink is about gender that not only focuses on a man or woman. Everything that comes in between, far beyond and underneath, is Pink. In other words, it’s euphemism. It is to politicize and hopefully weaponize. The word contains the aspirations and activism that we have,” Deocampo said.
Quezon City enacted the first pro-LGBTQ+ legislation with the ordinance number SP-1309, s. 2003. The law prohibits all acts of discrimination committed against members of the LGBTQ+ who are either looking for jobs or those who are working in government offices and private sectors in the city. Furthermore, an anti-discrimination ordinance was proposed in 2014 with an objective to end prejudicial treatment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, otherwise known as the SOGIE bill.
“Let’s count our blessings. In our little way, we were able to contribute to the establishment of the anti-discrimination bill,” he shared.
This year, the festival partnered with Amnesty International Philippines to talk about the current health and human rights situation concerning the LGBQT+ community. Project Red Ribbon Care Foundation will also conduct HIV awareness programs and testing centers near the screening venues.
Filmmakers and actors of the featured films from the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Tonga, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Syria, Turkey and the United Kingdom might visit the country to participate in the celebration, a milestone which also marks the centennial anniversary of Philippine cinema and the 79th Founding Anniversary of Quezon City.
Screenings will be held on 14to 17 November at Gateway Cinema Complex in Cubao, 19 to 21 at University of the Philippines Cine Adarna and 22 to 25 November at Cinema Centenario in Maginhawa Street.