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2009 Best Director

Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza is a the first and only Filipino to win the most coveted Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Film Maker

With 12 Full length films in the span of 10 years, Mendoza’s work ethic and passion is paramount to his success.

Story Teller

Director Brillante Mendoza artfully crafts a unique storytelling style through stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations

Internationally Acclaimed

Brillante’s Films has been in the International Festival circuit winning countless awards.


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“I find inspiration from everyday life”  - Brillante Ma. Mendoza




Brillante Ma Mendoza’s Film Workshop

If you have a passion for film making, an upcoming and highly anticipated workshop will surely hone your acting and directing skills!

Now on its third year, the Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop (BMFW) will be a 7 day intensive training from March 28 to April 3, 2016, at Center Stage Productions 947 Busilak St. Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City.

Brillante Mendoza is a prolific Filipino filmmaker who has been recognized internationally for  indie movies that revolve around social issues such as poverty, violence and real life tragedies. In 2009, he won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie “Kinatay“, a film about a police academy student who becomes part of a gang that butchers a woman. His latest film, “Taklub” (Waray word for “cover”)  which shows the struggle of Yolanda stricken victims, gained acclaim in major film festivals worldwide last year.

WHAT:        Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop                    3 (BMFW)

WHEN:          March 28- April 3, 2016

WHERE:        Centerstage Productions

947 Busilak St. Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City


  •  A 7-day intensive workshop from 9am-5pm, inclusive of lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Each participant is expected to act in the short film made by the directing workshopper at the end of the workshop


  •  with introduction to Cinematography, Production Design, Editing
  •  A 7-day intensive workshop from 9am-5pm, inclusive of lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Each participant is expected to create a short film at the end of the workshop
  • Each participant is expected to bring his/her own laptop for editing purposes.



We are now Open for this Year’s:


This workshop is ideal for aspiring Directors, Actors, Scriptwriters, Production Designers, Cinematographers and anyone wishing to explore a career in Film or Video Production. We also welcome beginners!

The third Brillante Ma. Mendoza film workshop
with other renowned award-winning filmmakers from March 28 until April 3, 2016

The workshopper will choose only (1) category with following list: Directing and Acting.

After the workshop, the students would form into teams to create their own short films.
There would be an Awards Night to be held at SM AURA PREMIER for the announcement of the winners.

If you join the program you will be given the opportunity to act and work under Center Stage Productions. (i.e movies, commercial, and other projects of Director Brillante Mendoza) you will be prioritized.

Center Stage will help you submit your output films in numerous film festivals, locally and abroad.

CENTER STAGE PRODUCTIONS (CSP) Co. is chaired by Philippines’ 2009 Cannes Best Director; one of 2013 People of Year Awardees and recipient of the French Ministry of Culture’ “Knighthood”, Brillante Mendoza.

What are you waiting for?


For more info visit www.brillantemamendoza.com 

OR  contact 

Center Stage Productions (CSP) Co.
947 Busilak St., Barangka Dr.,
Mandaluyong City 1550

Tel No. +632.747.6742 
Telefax +632.531.9831 

Marine Biodiversity



In a bid to raise awareness on the current condition of the country’s marine life and underwater resources, Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, launched a video documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity.



This video documentary is a collaboration between Legarda and internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza following “Buhos” and “Ligtas”. Also featured are marine videos taken by underwater videographer Robert “Bobbit” Suntay.


The project was done in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).





Here is the full documentary feature


“There has been too much destruction and desecration of our natural resources including our seas. We see bodies of water littered with various kinds of waste, but beyond the surface of these waters we discover greater despoliation of marine life,”

 “These kinds of exploitation of resources and destruction of marine life must stop. The video documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity is part of my continuing advocacy to educate and enlighten Filipinos about marine life, how it affects our own life and livelihood, what is at stake if we lose these resources and what we can and must do to protect our seas. There are about 1.6 million fisher folk in the country whose families depend on marine resources to live. These families will be greatly affected by the degradation of our seas,”

“We have timed the launch of this project on Earth Day to send a strong message that we need our seas to support life,” Senator Legarda said.

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The National Museum celebrated Earth Day 2014 by hosting the launch of the video documentary “Philippine Marine Biodiversity”. Featuring the underwater videos of Robert Suntay, the project was initiated by Senator Loren Legarda who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the Senate Committee on Climate Change. It was done in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine Information Agency and the internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.




Brillante Mendoza Film Festival


“Buhos” Documentary Feature


“Ligtas” Documentary Feature


One Small Act



Once Small Act for the Philippines – is A documentary series by Acclaimed Film Maker and Renaissance man Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza as he brings another gem that features the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

One Small Act for the Philippines

Telling the story of the ever changing, evolving and inspiring Filipino is the foundation of the Solar News Channel. It’s the little, unknown but amazing stories of the people around us that fuel our passion to showcase the unwavering Filipino spirit. One Small Act is Solar News Channel’s venue to share these stories. The campaign which was aptly launched during the Philippine Independence Day aims to awaken the spirit of nationalism of the Filipino. The most basic result of the campaign is for Filipinos to be encouraged to do small acts of kindness and realize that these acts of kindness will go a long way.

Here is the First Official Trailer



Here are the teasers for each episode


Visit the website here: http://onesmallactph.com/




Brillante Mendoza is living national treasure in Philippine Alternative Cinema





Brillante Ma Mendoza

is a living national treasure of Philippine independent cinema. He is one of the most prominent and important Filipino filmmakers today. He is the first Filipino to compete and won in 3 major international film festivals, showing authentic Filipino stories to the world.


His film, Captive, competed in coveted Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, while Tirador (Slingshot) won the Caligari Film Award in 2007 of the same festival.


Thy Womb, on the other hand, won the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award in the equally prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2012, while Lola was nominated for the best film screened in competition for the same festival in 2009, also known as the “Golden Lion”.


But his most notable achievement is when he won the elusive Best Director in the well-renowned Cannes Film Festival for the film, Kinatay in 2009. The year before, his film, Serbis (Service) was nominated for the acclaimed “Palm d’ Or Award” or the “Golden Palm”, the most prestigious award given to the best film of the said film festival.


Known to his peers as Dante, he started as a Production Designer in various films and Television advertisements. In 2005, he founded Center Stage Productions (CSP), an independent film production outfit that aims to rethink and reinvent Filipino cinema by producing meaningful and relevant films. His debut film, Masahista (The Masseur) immediately won the Golden Leopard Award in the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and paved the way for the rise of Alternative Cinema in the Philippines.


Since then, Mendoza, together with CENTER STAGE PRODUCTIONS has produced a body of work that garnered awards and recognitions from local and international film festivals, including his recent achievement in the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards for Thy Womb; Asia-Pacific’s equivalent to the Oscars. His works launched a yearly retrospective in Europe, Asia and Russia where the world’s film critics regard him as a “neo-realist” for depicting social realities and lives of ordinary people in extraordinary situations.


 Recently, the French government decorated Brillante Ma. Mendoza with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres or Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. No Filipino director has been accorded the singular distinction of being ranked with the likes of renowned filmmakers, Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento.


Mendoza’s films are commercially shown in Europe, affording the cinema-loving European audience a glimpse of contemporary Philippine society.

For his achievements and stature in world cinema, various film festivals all over the world have invited Mendoza to sit not only as Jury Member, but as Jury President as well.


Today, Mendoza continues to make socially relevant films and documentaries that depict the lives of the Filipinos and the marginalized sectors of society, cultivating an audience for Alternative Cinema by showing my films in different schools all over the country. One of which is his film, Manoro, which is now part of Philippine Department of Education’s formal module for Grade 8 students.



Script Development

Mentored by the award winning script writer Mr Bing Lao of the Philippines, the same writer that wrote the Film “The Excution of P” which won Mendoza the Best Director award at Cannes. Mendoza strives to create stories through extensive character development.

Film Production

Mendoza, along with his own production house Centerstage Productions have crafted jewels of Asian cinema such as the award winning “Thy Womb”.

Other Projects

Mendoza and his team of artists develop scripts and produce documentaries as well as TVC adverstising, a craft Mendoza had mastered before going into film.


  • Its been a thrill everyday here in the set because you don't know what to expect. And I feel really blessed to be working with the best.

    Dennis Trillo


  • And you never know what to expect as each time, each film is different. But each film is the same in a way that everything is full of conviction, full of artistic quality.

    Thierry Fremaux


  • He manages to create such an excitement, such incredible situations. So true. So real, and yet it's a movie. It's not a documentary.

    Isabelle Huppert

    Cannes Film Festival Best Actress

  • The discover of the cinema of Brillante is one of the most important things in my life. As the.. of the man in charge of the Cannes selection.

    Thierry Fremaux

    Cannes Film Festival Director

  • Bravo on your difficult troubling work. Your decision never to dramatize the murder, never indulge in movie suspense....was bold, daring.

    Quentin Tarantino

    Director - Django Unchained , Inglorious Basterds , Pulp Fiction


Mendoza is regarded by the world’s film critics as an Ultra-Neo Realist for his films that depict social realities





April 1 , 2014. Brillante Ma Mendoza with speakers and students in the first Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop held at The Secret Garden events venue. This was the 2nd Day of a week long exclusive and affordable workshop intended for anyone interested. Guest speakers include actress Jacklyn Jose and Coco Martin.

The year was 2009, the setting The Cannes Film Festival in France where film making heavyweights gather for a weekend of glamour with Director’s such as Quentin Tarantino , Actors Sean Penn to name a few. It was indeed a spectacle to behold witness to. And witness we did, the film from the Philippines called “The Execution of P” where it seems aburpt to conclude that it would be an indie slasher of some sort. We witnessed a new rawness in the director’s approach, we witnessed a Brillante Mendoza classic. As the film took on to the win awards and Mendoza winning the most coveted Best Director award.

Director Brillante Mendoza is a Film Maker at heart, and through the years, there has been several sponsors and partners. Here we include any partners direk.

Here we include your mission direk as a film maker in the next 10 years.

Recent News

Film Festivals 2015

‘Taklub’ who got special mention for Ecumenical Jury Prize Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard category is invited to the following film festivals abroad:
Helsinki Love and Anarchy – Finland Sept. 17-27, 2015
Message to Man – St. Petersburg, Russia September 26 – October 3, 2015
Pusan 2015 – Korea October 1-10, 2015
BFI London Fest – United Kingdom October 7 – 18, 2015
Festival Nouveau Cinema TBC – Canada October 7-18, 2015
Beirut -Lebanon October 7-15,2015
Sao Paulo – Brazil October 22 – November 4, 2015
Tokyo International Film Festival – Japan October 22-31, 2015
Cannes à Bucarest – Romania October 23-29, 2015
Minsk – Belarus November 6 – 13, 2015
Taipei Golden Horse – Taiwan November 6 – 20, 2015
Kolkotta – India November 14 – 21, 2015
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival – Australia November 19 -29, 2015
Gijon – Spain November 20-28, 2015
Singapore IFF November 26 – December 6, 2015
Dubai December 9 – 12, 2015
Film Retrospectives 
Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
United Kingdom (September 2011)

One Take Film Festival
Zagreb, Croatia (November 2010)

21st Ljubljana International Film Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia (November 2010)

Bozar Cinema, Center for Fine Arts
Brussels, Belgium (November 2010)

Eye Film Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (November 2010) 


Cinema Arsenal Berlin
Germany (February 2010)
Culturgest Portugal
January 2010

12th Deauville Asian Film Festival
France 2010

Brazil Indie Festival
September 2009

Paris Cinema International Film Festival
France 2008

3rd CineVita Film Festival (The Varsitarian)
University of Santo Tomas Philippines (February 2009)

Member of the Jury

11th International Film Festival of Marrakech
Morocco, 2011

29th Torino Film Festival
Italy, 2011

34th Hong Kong International Film Festival

7th Bangkok International Film Festival
Thailand, 2009

6th Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival
Mexico, 2009
62nd Locarno International Film Festival
Switzerland, 2009

11th Mumbai International Film Festival
India, 2009

10th Cinemanila International Film Festival
Philippines, 2009

34th Brussels International Independent Film Festival
Belgium, 2007

Film Festival


Brillante Mendoza Film Festival


SM Cebu
August 4 & 5

SM North Edsa
August 10 & 11

SM Cagayan De Oro
August 17 & 18

SM Iloilo
August 25 & 26

SM Baguio
September 5 & 6

SM Bacolod
October 10 & 11



  • 90% Script writing and Story Development

  • 94% Film Direction and Production

  • 100% Happiness





The Secret Garden Events.Venue.Catering

The Secret Garden Events.Venue.Catering

Logistics, Food & Beverage, Lodging

The Secret Garden events venue and catering is located in the heart of Barangka in Mandaluyong, 5 mins away from Rockwell. They operate 6 days a week which can provide food for a crew of 500 plus.

Keep Me Posted Inc

Keep Me Posted Inc

Post Production , Online editing and Visual Effects

Keep Me Posted is one of the leading Post Production outfits located in Makati today. They have been producing high quality films from clients such as Star Cinema and Center Stage Productions.

Centerstage Production Inc

Centerstage Production Inc

Pre-production & Principal Photography

Centerstage Productions was founded by Filipino film maker Brillante Ma Mendoza at the year 2005. Since then the studio and production house has produced 11 full length films and has garnered critical and international success.






Brillante Mendoza’s films depict stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations



Email: Centerstage2005@gmail.com 







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