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Brillante Mendoza’s AMO premieres April 9 on Netflix

Brillante Mendoza’s AMO premieres April 9 on Netflix

Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up drug war drama “AMO” as its first series from The Philippines. The show was produced by broadcaster TV5 and directed by Brillante Mendoza.Netflix will roll it out worldwide from April 9, 2018.

AMO tells the story of Joseph, a high school student who starts out as a small-time “shabu” peddler, whose involvement in the drug trade eventually gets him entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.

Catch Brillante Mendoza’s AMO premieres April 9 on NETFLIX

Aug September 20, 9:30PM every Sunday on TV5. *updated March 21

“The AMO series is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” said Robert Roy, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.

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BRILLANTE MENDOZA at Sinag Maynila 2018

BRILLANTE MENDOZA at Sinag Maynila 2018

By Mae Aniceto

Twenty-eighteen marks a centennial of film in the Philippines, and there is no other way to celebrate it but to make this year’s festival nothing less than grandeur of artistic expression through the lens of both aspiring directors and actors, and those who have been celebrating the festival alongside SINAG MAYNILA since the beginning.

Brillante Mendoza, in partnership with SINAG MAYNILA CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, keeps on making each festival diverse and extraordinary, creating bridges for international recognition of local talents – breaking barriers and making the country flourish as one of the best in the craft of filmmaking and cinematography.

To make this festival possible, SINAG MAYNILA Independent Film Festival 2018 is partnering with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Cinelokal, and McDonalds.

This year’s SINAGMAYNILA will feature the finalists for full length films (5), short films (6) and documentaries (6)

FULL LENGTH FILMS 

ABOMINATION by Yam Laranas

A young lady named Rachel, who escaped from a mental institution, is discovered oblivious in a city road claiming to be someone else who was mercilessly killed two months sooner. The story reveals how she lost herself due to trauma and eventually finds it.

BOMBA (The Bomb) by Ralston Jover

Pipo makes a decent living by going up against life which is more troublesome in light of the fact that he’s hard of hearing. Like a bomb, Pipo’s ticking to detonate due to difficulties and struggles; He underpins himself and his high school sweetheart Cyril, his perturbed supervisor is getting troublesome, and Ben keeps on asking for her daughter Cyril back.

EL PESTE by Richard Somes

A dreary, discouraged, and lone individual, Abner finds himself in an illicit affair with Viola – a married woman, a client who has the same presence as his.  He initiates a tragedy – something that will inevitably change their lives forever.

MELODRAMA/RANDOM/MELBOURNE! by Matthew Victor Pastor

This film is Matthew Victor Pastor’s story of Aries Santos, a Filipino-Australian producer attempting to complete her narrative and Melody, a sex worker roaming the lanes of Melbourne.

TALE OF THE LOST BOYS by Joselito Altarejos

An account of two entirely unassociated individuals, Alex, a Filipino repairman, and Jerry, a Taiwanese native understudy going through a journey of finding love, identity, and value.  What started as a search of their respective mothers, ended up finding themselves instead.

 

SHORT FILMS

CESAR & MAGDA – Pamela Barrios

FIRESTARTER – Jill Urdaneta
HALUSINASYON – John Agcalis
KALYE FM – Tom Nava
POMPOMS – Angelo Amar
THE DUWENDE – Odin Fernandez

DOCUMENTARIES

AM-AMMA – Dexter Macaraeg
HALAGA – Kristine Anne Escamillas
JOURNEYMAN FINDS HOME: THE SIMONE ROTA STORY Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga
MAHAL, 2017 – Janine Santos
TSUPER – Rina Abary

VOLTAIRE – Jaimee Bernardo

All films are screening in the following SM cinemas from March 7 to 15, 2018: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Manila, and SM Sta. Mesa.

To check the show dates and event schedules, visit www.sinagmaynila.com

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Brillante Mendoza Head Jury at 2nd Malaysia Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza Head Jury at 2nd Malaysia Film Festival

Early last year at Malaysia International Film Festival’s first edition, Brillante Mendoza won the best director award with his film “Ma Rosa” “Mendoza’s gritty, powerful socially-conscious films are proof that cinema can play a vital role in illuminating and eliminating the social ills that plague our modern societies,” said Joanne Goh, MD of MIFFest.

Other jurors at the second edition will include directors Dain Iskandar Said (Interchange”), Tran Anh Hung (“Scent of the Green Papaya,” “Norwegian Wood”), Patrick Tam (“After This Our Exile”), actor-producer Lee Lieh (“Jump Ashin!,” “Monga”),  actor-writer-director, Suhasini Maniratnam (Bandhana, Suprabhata”). and Naomi Kawase (Japan)

 

JURY PRESIDENT:
Brillante Mendoza | Philippines
JURY MEMBERS:
; Patrick Tam | Hong Kong
; Tran Anh Hung | Vietnam/France
; Lee Lieh | Taiwan
🇲🇾 Dain Said | Malaysia
; Suhasini Maniratnam | India
; Naomi Kawase | Japan

 

 

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Brillante Mendoza as French film fest jury

Brillante Mendoza as French film fest jury

Director Brillante Mendoza was invited to be a member of the jury in the 8th MyFrenchFilmFestival, in Paris, France, ongoing until Feb. 19, 2018.  Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) will preside over the Filmmakers’ Jury of this 8th edition. He will be accompanied by four other filmmakers: French directors Julia Ducournau (Raw) and Kim Chapiron (Sheitan, Dog Pound), French-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch (Les Chevaux de Dieu, Much Loved) and Filipino director Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay, Captive, Ma’ Rosa).

 

The film selection
Organised in six thematic sections, mixing short films and feature films, MyFrenchFilmFestival offers “Internet festivalgoers” the chance to discover the many aspects and talents of French and Francophone cinema, exactly as they wish, from 19 January to 19 February 2018!

In one of his television  interviews he talked about his support for President Duterte and his campaign on war against drugs.

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House Resolution no. 51

House Resolution no. 51

House Resolution no. 51 congratulating and commending filmmaker director Brillante Mendoza for winning the award for best director for his film ‘Ma Rosa’ at the 54th Gijon International film festival, and for receiving the ecumenical jury prize-special mention in the 68th Cannes film festival for his film ‘Taklub’

L-R: Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Director Brillante Mendoza, Congressman First District City of Paranaque Eric Olivarez

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Hilom, A film by Brillante Mendoza about Doctors to the Barrio

Hilom, A film by Brillante Mendoza about Doctors to the Barrio

HILOM is a film about Doctors to the Barrio produced by the Department of Health
Directed by Brillante Mendoza
and Written by Boots Agbayani-Pastor

Starring Julia Montes and Kean Cipriano.

Elenita “Doc Ellen” Sancho-Peralta M.D. and Alexander “Doc Alex” Peralta M.D., both 27, are a newly married couple who are bound for Bicol to fulfill their return service after finishing their medical studies as scholars of the Department of Health (DOH) Doctors to the Barrio (DTTB) program.

Shooting dates: Sept. 20, 24,25 and 28

Location: Manila and Tanay Rizal

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Cinemansanas 2017

Cinemansanas 2017

Local film fans have new names to watch out for as premier Apple partner Power Mac Center awarded the bold, brave, and brilliant filmmakers who showcased their digital storytelling prowess at the recently concluded Pixelworx: Cinemansanas campaign.

The Cinemansanas main challenge was to create short films using an iPhoneThis year’s competition has two categories: (1) “Do you have a minute?”, open to everyone who can create a 60-second film; and (2) Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza, exclusive to attendees of international award-winning director Brillante Mendoza’s training sessions.

“Cinemansanas is Power Mac Center’s way of showcasing the brilliance of Filipino filmmakers. We want to show that through technology, they can create a new way of presenting ideas and making their voices heard. We hope it will open doors for them to pursue their passion and push the industry further,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

Twelve films made it to the finals of the “Do you have a minute?” competition, and all 21 finalists of the Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza category were screened during the Movie Premiere held at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema.

Entries were judged based on creativity of presentation and technical quality. Along with Mendoza, veteran director Yam Laranas, multi-awarded author and scriptwriter Ricky Lee, and Rebelde Film Camp founder J.E. Tiglao helped determine which films deserve the Cinemansanas Gold, Platinum, and Diamond awards.

Following is the full list of winners for Cinemansanas 2017:

“Do you have a minute?”

  • Gold Award

“An Artist’s Ode” by Krista Ortega

Prize: Php 10,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

  • Platinum Award

“Mayo Uno” by Winston Salvejos

Prize: Php 20,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

  • Diamond Award

“Balat Sibuyas” by Don Diaz

Prize: iPad Pro 12.9” + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza

  • Brillante Mendoza Citation Award

“Rito (The Rites)” by Khalil Joseph Bañares

  • Power Mac Center Citation Award

“981 Million Thousand Dangkal” by Lino Balmes

  • Gold Award

“Rito (The Rites)” by Khalil Joseph Bañares

Prize: Php 30,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + Wacom Intuos Draw Medium

  • Platinum Award

“Live Cam” by Arjanmar Rebeta

Prize: Php 40,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + BOSE Soundlink Color II

  • Diamond Award

“Kuya” by Carlo Fajarda

Prize: MacBook Pro 13” Retina + 4TB SEAGATE Back Up Plus

Apart from the awarding ceremony, the Cinemansanas Movie Premiere also screened the winning film of Rebelde Film Camp Year 4, “Paparating Na Ang Bagyo” by Ephraim Kawit. Part of Kawit’s prizes is a scholarship to Mendoza’s Masterclass.

Completing the event was the much-awaited premiere of the Power Mac Center short film directed by Brillante Mendoza titled “Bitbit,” in celebration of the premier Apple reseller’s 23 glorious years in business.

Cinemansanas is part of the Pixelworx campaign, Power Mac Center’s advocacy ofrecognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops by industry experts, trainings on creative apps, and an ultimate art challenge.

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Brillante Mendoza, HISTORY Maker Awardee

Brillante Mendoza, HISTORY Maker Awardee

Manila makes History again at the History Con 2017.

Precluding the official closing ceremony, as part of HISTORY’s 10th anniversary celebration in Asia, Filipino luminaries were honoured for their significant contributions to the nation’s life and culture with the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards. The award ceremony was ignited with the stellar attendance of the awardees, namely Ryan Cayabyab, Brillante Mendoza, Romi Garduce, Reinabelle Reyes, Anne Curtis, members of the Himalayan Adventure Team, Illac Diaz, Hidilyn Diaz, and Pia Wurtzbach.

HISTORY Con 2017, the world-class entertainment convention was brought to life in Manila for the second year, which housed a host of exhibitions and activities for all ages and interests, from automotive fans and aspiring chefs to history buffs and sports enthusiasts, saw thousands thronging to see their favourite HISTORY® and FYI® celebrities; including professional freestyle basketball dunker Jordan Kilaganon, the world’s most extraordinary professional competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, as well as Captain of the U.S. Navy and NASA Astronaut Barry E. Willmore.

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Brillante Mendoza directs Duterte’s SONA production again pro bono

Brillante Mendoza directs Duterte’s SONA production again pro bono

Martin Andanar, Brillante Mendoza
Martin Andanar, Brillante Mendoza

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has tapped Brillante Mendoza to direct the production of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the second time. Like in 2016, the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director is offering his service again pro bono.

 

At first, Andanar was hesitant to ask Mendoza again to direct the SONA production. The PCOO Secretary thought the director would charge a huge talent fee.

 

On July 17, Mendoza conducted his first ocular inspection at the Batasang Pambansa compound. The director and his team will occupy one of the booths in the area, where a mini studio had been set up.

 

On July 20, Duterte started rehearsing his second SONA. He will deliver his speech without a teleprompter as he had to resort to ad libs after having trouble reading his speech from the device in 2016.

 

Mendoza received the copy of Duterte’s SONA 2017 speech on July 24, Monday, hours before the President delivers it. The director reviewed the speech to decide the portions where he can show photos related to the topic.

 

Duterte is expected to arrive at the Batasang Pambansa at around 3:30 pm and deliver his second SONA at 4:00 p.m. The theme of his speech is “A Comfortable Life for All.”

 

In Duterte’s SONA 2017, he is expected to submit the 3.767 trillion pesos national budget proposed by his administration for 2018. Much of the budget will be allotted for education, health care and infrastructure development.

 

To follow security measures and maintain the solemnity of the occasion, no camera operators are allowed on the floor of the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa. Mendoza will use 16 to 18 cameras including a robotic camera as well as long-range, zoom cameras to be positioned in front of the podium.

 

The PCOO will assign sign language interpreter for those with hearing impairment. Former president Benigno Aquino III will not attend the event like in 2016.

 

In 2016, Andanar was one of the students of the third installment of Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop (BMFW). Among his classmates were Daniel Palacio, Vanju Alvaira, Amen Clavio, Nimrod Sarmiento, Dexter Macaraeg, Adrianne Mendoza, Noel Perez and Conan Altatis.

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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.

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