Category: 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz are among the 774 new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Hailing from 57 countries, the new members bring the organization’s Class of 2017 to a total of approximately 8,500 members.

This is part of the move of the AMPAS to promote diversity among its members. Currently, 13 percent of the members are people of color (POC), an increase from 11 percent in 2016 and 8 percent in 2015.

“We are not looking to increase membership,” outgoing AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “The goal is instead to increase a diverse membership that represents us around the world.”

There are more than 20 Asians among the new AMPAS members, including Gal Gadot, B.D. Wong, Donnie Yen, Ming-Na Wen, Fan Bingbing, Johnnie To, Tony Leung, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Ann Hui, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Maggie Cheung, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone and Tran Anh Hung. Mendoza and Diaz are the only new members from the Philippines.

Since 1953, the Philippines has been submitting an entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but has yet to receive a nomination. Both Mendoza and Diaz have one film submitted as an entry.

In 2014, Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” (Norte, the End of History) was submitted as the Philippine entry to the 87th Academy Awards. The film starred Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanapo, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner and Hazel Orencio.

In 2016, the Philippines submitted Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” to the 89th Academy Awards. The film starred Jaclyn Jose along with Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenman, Jomari Angeles, Baron Geisler, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez and Vince Rillon.

Both “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and “Ma’ Rosa” were featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Diaz’s film was screened at the Un Certain Regard section in 2013 while Mendoza’s film made Jose the first Southeast Asian recipient of the Best Actress award from the prestigious annual film festival in Cannes, France in 2016.

Check the full list of the Academy Class of 2017 members here.

Brillante joins Cannes 70th anniversary photo call

Brillante joins Cannes 70th anniversary photo call

Brillante Ma Mendoza stands behind Monica Bellucci and Benicio Del Toro at the 70th anniversary photo call. (Photo credits: Philippine Daily Inquirer)


Organizers describe it as “quite a family portrait.” This photo call to end all photo calls was organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.

For this “exceptional” photo call, 113 screen luminaries from all over the globe were invited “to pay tribute to the fest”: former Palme d’Or winners (who were seated in the front row, of course), best actor and actress recipients, past and present jury members and renowned guests.

Representing the Philippines is filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza, who won best director in Cannes for “Kinatay” in 2009.

Mendoza joined Hollywood/world cinema stars Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, Benicio Del Toro, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek, Shu Qi, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and acclaimed filmmakers Jane Campion, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke, Bille August, Dario Argento, Costa-Gavras, Oliver Stone, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Sofia Coppola. Say fromage (cheese)! —BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.


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Patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français

Patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français

Brillante Mendoza is the 2017 patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français (formerly known as the Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde). This choice shows the Institut français’s commitment to cultural diversity and dialogue, which are central to its activities.

Brillante Mendoza, who follows in the footsteps of Jia Zhang-Ke, is one of Asia’s most renowned contemporary filmmakers, and has won awards at the Festival de Cannes. He will support the directors and producers taking part in La Fabrique Cinéma at Cannes by helping them to develop and finalize their first and second feature film projects.



Sneak peak of the latest BRILLANTE MENDOZA PRESENTS: PANATA written by Kat Marasigan to air this MAY 27 (SATURDAY) 10:30PM only on TV5.

 Cast includes Kristofer King, Felix Roco, Sue Prado, Arnold Reyes, Lou Veloso, Edwin Nombre,      Onyl Torres, and Ryan Sandoval.

#BrillanteMendozaPresents #PANATA #TV5

(Second to the left) Assistant Director Charita Castinlag giving instruction.

(L-R) Indie actor Kristofer King plays Mario opposite is Jill Palencia who plays as Ising.

(L-R) Direk Brillante Mendoza instructs Kristofer King.

(Right) With cinematographer Odyssey Flores.

In between takes, the centurion with the military.

(L-R) Sue Prado as Azon and Arnold Reyes as Tasyo. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

(L-R) Sue Prado and Kristofer King. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

(L-R) Felix Roco with Wardrobe head Bernie. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

(Left) Jao Elamparo as the Young Mario (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

Sue Prado in action. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

With Direk Brillante Mendoza and his staff. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

Arnold Reyes as Tasyo. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

Arnold Reyes tries on a Morion Mask. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)

Lou Veloso delivering his line as Father Fernando. (Photo credits: Kat Marasigan)




Bilang pakikiisa sa Buwan ng Pagtatapos, malugod na inihahandog ng TV5 ang isa na namang obra maestra mula sa isang alagad ng sine at pelikula, ang Brillante Mendoza Presents: Pagtatapos na mapapanuod ngayong ika 22 ng Abril, Sabado 9:30 ng gabi.

Ang kwento ay iikot sa karakter ni Shaira, isang teenager at ang kanyang masalimuot na pakikipagsapalaran sa lipunan bilang anak, estudyante at kabataan. Itatampok din ang madalas na pagpapakita sa kanya ni Maria Makiling dahilan upang piliin niya ito bilang paksa sa Thesis.\

Payak man ang istorya, hindi naman maipagkakaila ang maigting nitong mensahe na nais ibahagi sa mga manunuod. Sinasalamin ng “Pagtatapos” ang ilang realidad sa buhay ng mga kabataan at ang mahalagang papel ng mga magulang sa paghubog at paggabay sa kanila patungo sa tamang landas.

Sa muli, maituturing itong isa na namang tagumpay para sa TV5 at sa layunin nitong maghatid dekalibreng palabas na kapupulutan ng aral ng mga kabataan.


  1. SHAIRA – Gabby Padilla
  2. RAYMOND (Shaira’s Father) – Nonie Buencamino
  3. HELEN(Shaira’s Mother) – Shamaine Buencamino
  4. ANGELI (Shaira’s Teacher) – Raquel Villavicencio
  5. SIR MELVIN – Nonoy Froilan
  6. INA – Olivia Bugayong
  7. MARIA MAKILING – Joni Galeste
  8. JUAN (Maria’s Partner) – Ian Ocampo
Brillante Mendoza at Sinag Maynila 2017 Closing Ceremony

Brillante Mendoza at Sinag Maynila 2017 Closing Ceremony

The awards night of the Sinag Maynila 2017 film festival was held at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura on March 12, Sunday.

Right after the awards night, South Korean film “Walking Street” was screened as the closing film of Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017.

Among the attendees were Sinag Maynila Founder Wilson Tieng, Sinag Maynila Festival Director Brillante Mendoza,Walking Street” director Lee Sang Woo together with Lee Song Lee, Mendoza’s protégés Daniel Palacio, Nimrod Sarmiento and Conan Altatis, Full-length category jury members: French film critic Max Tessier (head of the jury), FDCP Chair Liza Diño Seguerra, Filipino film critic Oggs Cruz, and director Paul Soriano, who judged the Shorts and Documentary finalists. The  other two Shorts and Documentary jurors are professor Rolando Tolentino and critic Patrick Flores who . ” #SineLokalPangInternasyonal #SinagMaynila2017 


Sinag Maynila Festival Director Brillante Mendoza with Sinag Maynila Founder Wilson Tieng and SM SVP for Marketing and Communications Ms. Millie Dizon announces the best film award. (Photo Courtesy: Sinag Maynila) 


(L-R) Walking Street director Lee Sang Woo, Sinag Maynila Festival Director Brillante Mendoza and actress Lee Song Lee


Sinag Maynila Festival Director is flocked by actor Vince Rillon, Walking Street Director Lee Sang Woo and actress Lee Song Yi


Ballet Manila gives a stunning and elegant performance to commence the Sinag Maynila Gabi ng Parangal


Ballet Manila delights its audience with their striking performance!


Sinag Maynila Festival Director Brillante Mendoza with Jury Head Max Tessier



Congratulations to all the winners! (Photo credits: Sinag Maynila)

Here is the complete list of winners:

Avelino Mark Balmes, Jr.

Aliens Ata
Glenn Karl Barit

Bhoy Intsik
Joel Lamangan

Beyond the Block
Ricky Carranza

Albert Michael Idioma

Tu Pug Imatuy
Arbi Barbarona

Diego Marx Dobles

Tu Pug Imatuy
Bryan Jimenez and Arbi Barbarona

Arvin Rosendal

Tu Pug Imatuy
Arnel Mardoquio

Arbi Barbarona 
Tu Pug Imatuy

Julio Diaz

Malona Sulatan
Tu Pug Imatuy

Raymond “RS” Francisco
Bhoy Intsik

Kristofer King

Tu Pug Imatuy


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Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at 2017 Malaysia Global Awards

Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at 2017 Malaysia Global Awards

World-renowned filmmaker Brillante Mendoza bags another achievement for his 2016 film Ma’Rosa at the 2017 Malaysia Global Awards.

The film is about Rosa (Jaclyn Jose),  a mother who runs a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of drugs on the side. It  also earned Mendoza the same award at the 54th Gijón International Film Festival last year. “Ma’ Rosa” was also selected to compete for the Palme d’Or trophy at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with Jose eventually clinching the Best Actress award there.

Aside from Mendoza, Philippine-Malaysian film “Singing In Graveyards” also bagged the Best Film award at the Malaysian Global Awards.

See full list of winners here



Hanggang saan ang kaya mong hamakin para ipaglaban ang isang bagay? Brillante Mendoza Presents: “TSINOY”, ngayong February 4, 9:30PM dito sa TV5. Under the direction of world-renowned filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.




Written by Boots Agbayani Pastor

A young Tsinoy, the product of a common-law union between his Filipino mother and his pure Chinese father, earns the ire of his father when he fails to finish school within the prescribed time, the reason of which is blamed on his deep inclination to the Chinese martial art of wǔshī (lion dance).

When his father undergoes a medical operation and is confined at the hospital to recuperate, the young man makes up for his shortcomings by spending time with his father, in the process defining his relationship with his father’s original family: his submissive Chinese wife, their equally docile daughter, and their wayward eldest son.

His Filipina mother warms up to the original wife, and at the end of the day, when his father finally shows acceptance of his affinity to wǔshī, he also acknowledges his role as the son destined to take over the family business.

The relationship of a young TSINOY student, an ardent wǔshī (lion dance) performer, and his pure Chinese father is strained when the young man fails to graduate from school as expected. The young man makes amends during his father’s recovery period after a medical operation, and as he spends time with his father at the hospital, he defines the kind of relationship he has with his father’s first family and finally acknowledges his role as the son favored over the wayward eldest son to take over the business that is keeping both families alive.

“TSINOY” tells the story of how family ties come to the fore when the head of the family, a Chinese businessman, succumbs to an ailment and his two families—one Chinese, the other Filipino—attends to him, as seen through the point of view of the second son, a Tsinoy.


Location: Binondo, Manila
Jan. 9-10

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