Month: October 2015

LOLA at TIFF 2015

LOLA at TIFF 2015

Tokyo International Film Festival 2015:

Wilson Tieng, CEO of major distribution company Solar Entertainment Corporation, and distributor of ‘Lola’ with Brillante Mendoza during the Q&A session.

Brillante Mendoza has five films in this years TIFF – Lola, Serbis, Foster Child, Thy Womb and Taklub. He is also part of the omnibus project called Asian Three Fold Mirror where he will be having a collaboration with filmmakers from Japan and Cambodia.

Mr. Tieng also attended a symposium called “Young Filipino filmmakers: What is the Third Golden Age of Philippine cinema?” was held on October 26 at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.



October 24 (Sat)

1:30 PM – First Screening

3:30 PM – Q&A


October 28 (Wed)

9:10 – Second Screening

11:00 PM – Q&A

28th Tokyo International Film Festival

28th Tokyo International Film Festival

The 28th TIFF opening held on Wednesday – October 22, 2015 at Roppongi Hills, there were also activities at Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo.

The Red Carpet was held at Roppongi Hills, started with the appearance of Pepper, the world’s first robot to understand human emotions.

Last year, Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) together launched “CROSSCUT ASIA”, the showcase of Asian films focusing on particular countries, directors, actors, and themes. This year, as the second project, it will focus on Philippine films.

Brillante Mendoza’s TAKLUB (2015) and ‘Thy Womb’ (2012) are among the 10 Filipino films selected to be showcased at the Asia Crosscut section of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Photos courtesy of TIFF (


Here’s a list of our activities:

October 21 (Wed)

5 PM – Interview with Associated Press

6:30 PM – Three-Fold Mirror Meeting

October 22 (Thu)

11 AM — Three-Fold Mirror Meeting

3 PM – Red Carpet – Roponggi Hills Arena

6 PM – Opening Ceremony

Screening of ‘The Walk’

9:30 PM – Opening Party – Grand Hyatt

October 23 (Fri)

10:30 AM – First Screening of ‘Service’

12:04 PM – Q&A

2 PM – Individual Interview for ‘Service’

6:30 PM – Asia Networking Reception Hall

October 24 (Sat)

1:30 PM – First Screening of ‘Lola’

3:30 PM – Q&A

4:50 PM – First Screening of ‘Taklub’

6:30 PM – Q&A

8:00 PM – Tokyo International Film Festival Welcome Party at Ryoriya Mifune

October 25 (Sun)

2:20 PM – First Screening of ‘Thy Womb’

4:05 PM – Q&A

5:00 PM – Individual Interview

8:40 – Second Screening of ‘Service’

Press Gathering with Directors of Tokyo International Film Festival at Tokyo Cinema Lounge
10:14 – Q&A

October 26 (Mon)

5:30 PM – Special Night Event at Kabukiza Theatre

October 27 (Tue)

1:50 PM – Second Screening of ‘Taklub’

3:23 PM – Q&A

4:30 PM – Individual Interview

7:30 PM – Dinner with Japanese Director Isao Yukisada

October 28 (Wed)

6:10 PM – First Screening of ‘Foster Child’

7:48 – Q&A

5 PM – Meet up with Filipino Community

8 PM – Dinner Party at Izakaya Macchan

9:10 – Second Screening of ‘Lola’

11:00 PM – Q&A

October 29 (Thu)

10:30 AM – Second Screening of ‘Thy Womb’

12:15 PM – Q&A

1 PM – Lunch with Philippine Embassy

October 30 (Fri)

10:20 AM – Second Screening of ‘Foster Child

11:58 AM – Q&A

1:00 PM – Individual Interview

2:30 – Master Class Talk at Japan Image Moving Institute

Brillante Mendoza, QC Outstanding Citizen Awardee

Brillante Mendoza, QC Outstanding Citizen Awardee

Brillante Mendoza is one of Quezon City’s Most Outstanding Awardee given on October 19 at the Smart Araneta in Cubao, Quezon City.

The award was presented by QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.

This year, 11 individuals and 5 organizations were selected by the Quezon City MANUEL L. QUEZON GAWAD PARANGAL SELECTION BOARD, chaired by former UP President Dr. Emerlinda Roman.

The Award, given annually on the occasion of Quezon City’s Foundation day, is the highest award of recognition.

Mendoza has given recognition for his great contribution as a filmmaker.

The past awardees include President Cory Aquino and Benigno Simeon Aquino III, three Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, including current Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

Last year was Quezon City’s Diamond Jubilee Year, and among the Jubilee Year Awardees was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, by Brillante Mendoza is voted by the audience as Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival.

The Beirut International Film Festival 15th Edition was held on October 7-15, 2015.

Beirut International Film Festival is Lebanon’s oldest and most prestigious film festival. The annual competition includes categories for feature films, short films and documentaries. Recent years have seen smaller and more intimate editions of the festival due to the uncertain political climate in the country.

Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Supertyphoon Haiyan caused the city of Tacloban to its horrendous state – leaving the breathing figures in search of their dead ones, of keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

The Beirut Film Festival Jury consist of:

Co-President: Jonathan Nossiter
Co-President: Santiago Amigorena
Member: Alexandra Zawia
Member: Doria-Svetlana Achour
Member: Michael Greenberg


At the NETPAC 25th Anniversary in Bangkok

At the NETPAC 25th Anniversary in Bangkok

It was a great crowd, at the screening of ‘Foster Child‘ today, at the FCCT, in the presence of Director, world-renowned film-maker Brillante Mendoza, as well as the much-respected Netpac President Dr Aruna Vasudev.

The occasion was the 25th Anniversary of NETPAC ( Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema).

The event attracted a large range of people: Ambassadors, diplomats, corporates and journalists.

Congratulations! Director Brillante Mendoza for another recognition award from FCCT

(Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand) and Ministry of Tourism Thailand.

Vice Minister of Tourism, Assistant Professor Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, was the Chief Guest,who facilitated the two film guests, and gave them lovely souvenirs.

Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child to be screened in Bangkok

Brillante Mendoza’s Foster Child to be screened in Bangkok

Brillante Mendoza’s film to be screened at NETPAC’s 25th anniversary in Bangkok.

“Foster Child”, one of Brillante Mendoza masterpieces, will be screened in Bangkok on October 12, 2015 in a special film event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC).

This is a simple and moving story of Thelma, from a poor urban family, who is hired by a local foster care facility to provide a temporary home for abandoned babies until they are formally adopted. 

The abandoned baby in this case is the adorable John-John, whom Thelma lovingly feeds, bathes, and takes to school on her last day with him, before he is adopted by a wealthy American family.


The diverse scenarios and tones almost divide the film into two halves. The happy, cheerful caring Thelma is broken when she’s separated from her foster child.

NETPAC is composed of well-known filmmakers, artists and critics, and others who serve on NETPAC juries at more than 40 film festivals around the world.

Admission is free for FCCT members while 150 baht will be charged for non-members.

Foster Child is a 104 – minute film which tells the story of Thelma (Cherry Pie Picache), together with her husband Dado (Dan Alvaro) and teenage sons Gerald (Alwyn Uytingco) and Yuri (Jiro Manio). They are urban poor family hired by a local foster care facility to provide temporary home and care to abandoned babies pending the latter’s formal adoption.

Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) at the penthouse floor of Maneeya Bldg in Chidlom with Mendoza gracing the event along with Dr. Aruna Vasudev, founder and president of the India-based NETPAC.

Filmfest Cafe [Photos]

Filmfest Cafe [Photos]


John Badalu, Delegate Southeast Asia, Berlin International Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza, Director of Captive (2012) In Competition, Berlin International Film Festival, The 62nd Berlinale.

Jacob Wong, Delegate Asia, Berlin International Film Festival.

Wieland Speck, curator of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the most reputable media events and one of the world’s “Big Three” film festivals (along with Venice and Cannes). It is held in Berlin, Germany and was founded in West Berlin in 1951.

Brillante Mendoza’s Tirador (Slingshot) won the Caligari Film Award in 2007.


Filmfest Cafe and Restaurant is located at 947 Busilak St. Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong, open from 4 PM – 12 MN Monday-Saturday.

Brillante Mendoza Film Festival in SM Cauayan [Photos]

Brillante Mendoza Film Festival in SM Cauayan [Photos]

On October 5-6, the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival was held in SM Cauayan, Isabela.

The film Bambanti was screened to over 4,000 students.

October 5-6, 2015

Cinema 5 and Cinema 6

SM City Cauayan

 BAMBANTI is a film from Sinag Maynila directed by Zig Dulay.

The search for a missing watch instigates the painful quest for truth in Belyn’s life.
Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia

Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia

Published on Tuesday, October 6 in The Philippine Star, page C-6

by: Celso de Guzman Caparas

Brillante Mendoza received the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award in the 25th International Film Festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he headed the main competition jury.

Mendoza’s masterpieces Lola, Kinatay and Taklub were showcased in the festival. He was also invited to a Master Class at St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television.

The international competitive documentary, short and animated film festival was founded by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the USSR, Goskino of the USSR, the USSR Union of Filmmakers, Gosteleradio of the USSR and the Executive Committee of Lensoviet, and supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. Ninety films from 45 countries participated in this year’s nine-day festival, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.

Meanwhile, Taklub will grace four international film festivals this month, namely:

20th Busan International Film Festival, Window on Asian Cinema Section, Oct. 1 to 10 in Korea;

15th Beirut International Film Festival, Panorama Section, Oct. 7 to 15 in Lebanon;

59th London Film Festival by the British Film Institute, Debate Section, Oct. 7 to 18 in United Kingdom;

and 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, Crosscut Section, Oct. 22 to 31 in Japan.Brillante Mendoza gets achievement award in Russia


Brillante Mendoza receives Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from Message2man

Brillante Mendoza receives Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from Message2man

Good news to all!

Brillante Mendoza receives the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from The International Film Festival “Message to Man

He serves as this years’ PresOutstanding Artistic Achievement Awardident of Jury. Message to Man is the only international documentary, short, animated and experimental film festival in Russia officially registered by FIAPF. It has more than 20 years’ history and it has always been a very significant event in the Russian cinema culture.

Every year the Festival presents over 30 Russian premieres. More than 200 films from around the world are screened in the competition and special programs. On average the festival receives about 3000 films for selection each year.

This year is the anniversary of the festival – Message to Man which was founded 25 years ago and for all this time this festival was showing the viewers only the best documentary, short, animated and experimental films.

Screening of his films includes Taklub, Lola and Kinatay.