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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 26, 2015

Quezon City International Pink Filmfest Offers Award-Winning LGBT Movies As Part Of Its 75th Diamond Jubilee Celebration

QUEZON CITY MAYOR HERBERT BAUTISTA was a no show at the QC International Pink Filmfest so writers eagerly waiting for him weren’t able to ask him if it’s true he has been replaced by Derek Ramsay in the Metro Filmfest entry he’s supposed to do with Kris Aquino. We’re told he had to attend an important budget hearing.

Festival Director Nick Deocampo profusely thanked Mayor Herbert for pushing through with the filmfest as part of QC’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary presentation. It will open on October 6 at Gateway Cinema with local and foreign movie celebrities attending. The opening film is “Dressed As a Girl” from the United Kingdom about drag queens being true to themselves. The filmfest will run until October 11.

“We want to thank the QC Pride Council as last year’s filmfest was a resounding success,” says Deocampo. “This year’s filmfest will be more meaningful with the passage of the Gender Fair Ordinance, a progressive historic gender emancipation bill that is first in asia from Councilor Mayen Juico. It aims to give equal rights to all genders. This year’s filmfest will also feature bigger entries, like the Berlin Teddy Best Film winner, ‘Nasty Baby’ from the US about a gay couple wanting to have a baby, ‘Hombre Nuevo (New Man)’ from Uruguay/Chile about a child soldier who transitions to become a transwoman, and ‘Stories of Our Lives’ from Kenya that’s a Special Jury prize winner.”

The QC Pink Filmfest also features local movies like “I Love You, Thank You” (featuring great performances from Joross Gamboa, Prince Stefan, filmed in Thailand and Cambodia), “Esprit de Corps” (with an award-winning performance from Sandino Martin), “Esoterika: Maynila” (another award-winning work from Director Elwood Perez starring Ronnie Liang), “Pinoy Transking” (real life stories of transmen set against the first ever TransKing pageant), “Grace” (about a woman who married an Israeli and has children but later on discovers her true sexuality) and “Shunned” (about the struggles of transwomen who compete in a gay pageant), “#PinQCity” (shows the interweaving stories of LGBT characters living in QC). With the QC Pink Filmfest, Deocampo sees a city that is gender-sensitive and respectful of the diversity of its people.