QCinema Festival Jury

Circle Competition

Maggie Lee
Maggie Lee
Maggie is the Chief Asia Film Critic for US entertainment industry publication Variety, Programming Consultant for Tokyo International Film Festival and curator of Asian retrospective programs. She has a monthly film column on Cathay Pacific & Dragon Air's inflight magazines and was Asia Chief Critic for The Hollywood Reporter. In 2010, she received an award from Busan International Film Festival and Korean Film Press Association for "Contribution to Korean Cinema."
Benjamin Illos
Benjamin Illos
Programmer for Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Benjamin Illos majored in Sorbonne University in literature. He collaborated a decade with Pierre Rissient, promoting films and directors. Over the years he has been active in editing, subtitling, working around scripts and writing about films. The Directors' Fortnight is an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film festival, eclectic and receptive to all forms of cinematic expression. It champions the best of the annual production of fiction features and documentaries, the emergence of independent fringe filmmaking and contemprary popular genres, the expression of individual talents and original directorial voices.
Julian Ross
Julian Ross
Julian Ross is a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Westminster. He has curated film and performance series for tate Modern, British Film Institute, Eye Film Institute, Anthology Film Archives and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He was an assistant curator for the series on the Art Theatre Guild of Japan at MoMA and Pacific Film Archives, a topic on which he is currently co-editing a book. he holds a PhD on 1960s Japanese expanded cinema. He teaches on film and art at University of Westminster and has written for Sight and Sound, Film Comment and BOMB.
Ronnie Lazaro
Ronnie Lazaro
A professional actor in varied domain: theater, movies and television. Throughout his career, which he began in 1977, he has received several nominations: 9 for Best Supportig Actor and 2 for Best Actor ("Ebolusyon" in 2005 and "Boatman" in 1984). His films did not only received recognition in the Philippines but were also exhibited and nominated for awards in international film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, and Hong Kong. The short film, "Anino" ("Shadow"), where he played the principal role received the Palme d'Or in Cannes Film Festival 2000. He is currently working on a saga, "Heremias", under the direction of the renowned Lav Diaz, and which was shown for exhibition in the recent 23rd Turin Film Festival. He has also performed in several foreign films (French, Japanese and American) shot both in the Philippines and abroad.

#QCShorts Competition

Raymond Red
Raymond Red
Raymond Red is one of the pioneers of modern Filipino independent and alternative cinema. Having a background in Fine Arts and photography, he began by making numerous experimental and narrative super-8mm and 16mm short films in the 1980s. His generation was inspired by the tumultuous era of the Philippines under martial rule in the '70s, from which true alternative and independent filmmaking emerged. Red immediately gained recognition by winning awards and citations, both locally and at the international film destival scene. He had then, at an early age, begun to inspire a new generation of independent filmmakers. He has since become a regular lecturer and instructor in various film workshops and in film, fine arts, and mass communication college programs, mentoring early on quite a number of prominent Filipino independent filmmakers of today.
John Lloyd Cruz
John Lloyd Cruz
John Lloyd Cruz is considered as one of the most well-known and notable actors in the Philippines. He has done over 30 major films and countless television shows in almost a span of two decades in the industry. The country's highest grossing films "One More Chance" (2007), "A Very Special Love" (2008) and "You Changed My Life" (2009), all happening in 3 consecutive years as the leading man has earned him the epithet of "Box-Office King" and cemented his name as a lexicon in Pinoy pop culture. By 2015 and 2016, he gravitated to a direction different from his usual commercial roles and added more diversity to his body of work collaborating with Erik Matti in his independent crime-thriller film "Honor Thy Dather," Lav Diaz's 485min epic "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis" (winner of the Alfred Bauer/Silver Bear award in 66th Berlin International Film Festival) and "Ang Babaeng Humayo" (winner of the Golden Lion Best Film award in the 73rd Venice Film Festival). His more staid and unconventional roles as of late has garnered him critical merit locally and internationally which adds to a telling filmography of great range.
Antoinette Jadaone
Antoinette Jadaone
Antoinette Jadaone is the writer and director of award-winning short films 'plano and Saling Pusa. She has also written and directed "Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay", "Beauty in a Bottle", "That Thing Called Tadhana", and "Relaks, It's Just pag-ibig". She considers short films her first love.

Asian Next Wave Competition

Jun lana
Jun Lana
Jun Robles Lana, born in 1972 in Manila, Philippines, is a playwright, screenwriter and internationally-acclaimed film director. He is the youngest Filipino to be inducted in the hall of the Palanca Awards, the Philippines' most prestigious literary writing contest. After graduating from college, he became the resident playwright of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA). He transitioned into writing screenplays, and in 1998, his debut screenplay "Sa Pusod ng Dagat" (In the Navel of the Sea) was optioned and directed by his mentor Marilou Diaz-Abaya and had its world premiere at the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival.
Sherad Sanchez
Sherad Sanchez
Sherad Anthony Sanchez (1984, Davao City, Philippines) is a graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University. When he was in sophomore year he made his first short film, Apple (2005), about a professional mourner in a town beside the bangkerohan River in davao City, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2006. In his junior year, while on leave-of-absence from school, he made his first feature, Huling Balyan Ng Buhi: O Ang Sinalirap Nga Asoy Nila (Huling Balyan Ng Buhi: Or The Woven Stories Of The Other). The film, about an indigenous community amidst military and communist insurgency in southern Philippines, won both local abd international acclaim. In his senior year, Sanchez was selected by the United States Embassy of Manila for the Fusion Arts Program, which granted him scholarship at the University of Southern California. After taking a series of narrative education from various professors and schools, he completed his second feature Imburnal (Sewer) an experimental epic that went on to win numerous international awards. Now he has graduated, he served as a Creative Consultant for Cinema One Originals for 8 years, did three more features, mentored over a hundred feature films, and gives lectures in various institutions all over the world.
Vidayashangkar Neelakanta
Vidayashankar Neelakanta
Passionate about the Art of the Cinema, N. Vidyashankar has been associated with film society movement since 1977. He is Former President and Secretary of Suchitra Film Society, Bangaluru and Founder / Artistic Director of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (biffes.in). With a certificate course in Film Appreciation at the Film & Television Institute of India / national Film Archives, Pune in 1981, he has been writing on world cinema, Indian and Kannada cinema for over three decades. An editor of Film Journals for years, he has also compiled a book on Europian Film Theories and edited a book on African Cinema. He has regularly attended prestigious International Film Festivals at Cannes, Venice, Berlin as a delegate. He was a member of Critics Jury at Kerala International Film Festival in 2011.

NETPAC Jury

Rolando B. Tolentino
Rolando B. Tolentino
Rolando B. Tolentino is a faculty of University of the Philippines Film Institute and a former dean of the UP College of Mass Communication. He has taught at the Osaka Universuty, National University of Singapore, and University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Philippine literature, popular culture, cinema and media, interfacing national and transnational issues. He writes fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a fellow of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group), and Altermidya (People's Alternative media Network).
Vidayashangkar Neelakanta
Vidayashankar Neelakanta
Passionate about the Art of the Cinema, N. Vidyashankar has been associated with film society movement since 1977. He is Former President and Secretary of Suchitra Film Society, Bangaluru and Founder / Artistic Director of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (biffes.in). With a certificate course in Film Appreciation at the Film & Television Institute of India / national Film Archives, Pune in 1981, he has been writing on world cinema, Indian and Kannada cinema for over three decades. An editor of Film Journals for years, he has also compiled a book on Europian Film Theories and edited a book on African Cinema. He has regularly attended prestigious International Film Festivals at Cannes, Venice, Berlin as a delegate. He was a member of Critics Jury at Kerala International Film Festival in 2011.
Nick De Ocampo
Nick De Ocampo
Nick De Ocampo is a multi-awared documentary filmmaker, writer, film historian, and associate professor at the UP Film Institute in UP Diliman. He is also the Director of the Center for New Cinema. He graduated cum laude with bachelor's degree in Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1981. He studied filmmaking in Paris, France as a Frech Government scholar and topped his Master of Arts degree in Cinema Studies at the New York University as a Fulbright scholar. He has written prize-winning books on Philippine cinema. For his documentaries, he has received various film awards and for his scholarship, he has received international fellowships and grants. He is a member of the NETPAC International Advisory Board.