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Who won what? Here is the list of winners from this year's QCinema Festival

There is a spate of astounding films in this year's QCinema festival, but only a few were recognised by the award-giving body. For a remarkable feature debut commandeered by two riveting lead performances, offering a very intense, haunting cinematic experience, Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak wins the Asian Next Wave award of QCinema. 

The award, which focuses on emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia and East Asia with less than three features, made a comeback in this year’s edition of QCinema. The festival also cited Autobiography for its deliberately paced, slow-burn drama with serious socio-political implications that shows a director who’s hitting the ground running with a film that unanimously impressed the jury.

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Winning the NETPAC Jury Award this year is Return to Seoul by Davy Chou. The film is noted for its sensitive portrayal of a woman in search not just of her identity, but also her place in a world that is constantly in flux. It is built upon formal elegance and emotional maturity, taking us to unexpected places as we follow the protagonist on a journey across cities, cultures, and latitudes, but most importantly a journey within her own self. 

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Another awardee is Setsuko Shiokawa for the production design of the film Plan 75.  The Artistic Contribution was awarded to Shiokawa for the film’s controlled yet engaging design of an imagined near future where life or death becomes a choice and existence is diminished to muted tones of sadness and resignation. It is also cited for its intelligent re-creation of dystopia that is pegged on reality and never bordering the fantastic.

Also winning in the Asian Next Wave category are Shuming He and Cris Ong, Best Screenplay for Ajooma.



In the QCShorts competition, the best film goes to BOLD Eagle by Whammy Alcazaren. The film is cited for stitching a visual vernacular of today’s technological tools, articulating a timely and queer political critique that captures the anger, loneliness, frustration, boredom and alienation formed amidst the pandemic.

Glenn Barit, on the other hand, takes home another award for his short film Luzonensis Osteoporosis, which wins the NETPAC Jury Award. The film is noted for its absurdist depiction of an internal dilemma and irony that the first discovered Filipino must also become a regular overseas contract worker.

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The River that Never Ends by JT Trinidad brings home the award for Gender Sensitivity for its measured vivid and heartbreaking portrayal of a transwoman and a city in their meandering routines of neglect, survival and melancholia.

Meanwhile, the members of the Jury in the Asian Next Wave competition are the director and author Kong Rithdee, professor and author Rolando B. Tolentino, New York Asian Film festival director Samuel Jamier,  esteemed writer and director Jose Javier Reyes, and film programmer/publicist Meninaputri Wismurti.

QCinema will run until November 26, 2022. For details about the festival, go to


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