First virtual QEFF highlights Filipinos' pandemic stories

The 4th Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health (QEFF4) — which is holding its first ever virtual edition this year — is still live on Cultural Center of the Philippines' Vimeo platform. In its current edition, QEFF4 features short films from eight film finalists and 13 film proposal finalists, all of which reflect the unique stories of the Filipino people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In partnership with CCP and Cinemata, QEFF4 brought these films to the online platform in its first-ever online film festival. The film screening for the QEFF4 is streaming on the CCP Vimeo platform until October 29 while the Awards Night will be held on October 30.

"In its current iteration, QEFF4 wants to focus on the stories behind the individuals affected by the pandemic. The films from our finalists are compelling and definitely capture the essence of our theme 'Bilang Nilalang.' We hope that more people get to see these insightful and relevant films," said Benjamin Valdez, co-head of the QEFF4.

QEFF4 provides a platform for these people to share the struggles and challenges they faced during these trying times with the hopes of informing policies on pandemic preparedness and response.

In addition, this film festival aims to create an archive that represents the greater narrative of the Filipino people during the pandemic for future generations to see.

These films will be added to a film library which will be distributed to partner schools, government agencies, non-government organizations, medical institutions and other concerned parties all over the country.

The winner of this year's film festival will be determined by judges from various esteemed institutions including the World Health Organization-Western Pacific, Department of Health, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Philippine Association of Communication Editors.

The Gawad Quisumbing-Escandor will be given to the film submission that best embodies the film festival's advocacy, having effectively depicted the most pressing, stirring and most controversial health issue. This award comes with a grand prize of P100,000 and a trophy.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Best Film award will get P75,000, the first runner-up P45,000, and the second runner-up Php 30,000.

The Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health (QEFF) is a nationwide film-making competition and film caravan organized by the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine. Since its inception in 2008, it has aimed to promote awareness about the most pressing health issues in the country through film. The film festival also aims to establish a network of active advocates for health and to create a digital library of films used as a resource for health advocacy and education.

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