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Brillante Mendoza at Dubai International Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza at Dubai International Film Festival

Repost from Gulf News via Irish Eden Belleza, Videographer (Tabloid!)

Award-winning Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza is back in Dubai with a new indie film that brings back haunting memories of one of the most tragic episodes in recent memory. Trap (Taklub), which is currently screening at the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff), tells the story of the survivors of the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which devastated central Philippines in 2013, and how they picked up their lives in the aftermath of such unprecedented calamity. The movie is led by award-winning actress Nora Aunor, with other veteran Filipino actors such as Julio Diaz and Lou Veloso.

After the monstrous typhoon struck the Philippines, Mendoza was tapped by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to create a documentary film about climate change. For the movie to have a stronger impact on audiences, Mendoza suggested to make a narrative film instead. Mendoza says that although it is a government-funded project, he wasn’t going to compromise on his vision for the film.

“I think it’s also about my reputation and about my films that I’m making,” Mendoza tells tabloid!. “They also know my filmography and I think it’s clear with everyone that even if I’m going to make a film about a government-funded project, it will still be about the truth. It will be still be really about what people are really experiencing.

“I’ve had that reputation with my films. There were films of mine that were not shown commercially because they received an X-rating from the censors. I didn’t mind that because I’d rather have my film shown in a very limited screening or in a special screening rather than having it cut. That is also my advocacy. I have my own advocacy and my advocacy is about telling the truth in my films. Telling what is really happening in film. I think we were quite clear on that.”

Mendoza says there were no hesitations when he was offered the project.

“What was clear from the very start is that we are doing a film about climate change or risk reduction. But at the same time I want to tell the story not in a propaganda way, but more like telling the stories of the people,” says Mendoza. “You talk about climate change and risk reduction in a subtle way and I am more believing in that, rather than being pushy and preachy about the whole project. And I think its effective in a way because people don’t want to be told what to do, especially Filipinos.”

“You just have to tell them what is good and what is bad. And I think it is quite clear on the film that we did not preach, we just showed them that this is the harm that it can do to you, if you do this and if you do that. And some people are hardheaded, they wouldn’t listen and that’s real life. I think one way or the other we can see ourselves in that film. You can see the bad side and the good side.”

In doing his films, Mendoza compares himself to a journalist. “As a filmmaker, I’d like to be like a journalist, where you balance everything. You don’t preach, you don’t take sides. You let the people decide. At the end of the day, when they watch your film they will see that you are not telling them what to do.”

Although he had access to government funding, Trap had to struggle with budget problems just as most independent films do.

“Of course, to be realistic about it, as an independent filmmaker the fund and the budget is always a big challenge,” he says. “So how you put all your resources together to come up with the film and finish the film is really a big challenge. I’m used to it. I’ve done 12 films with very limited funds and I was able to put everything together. That’s the realistic and practical side.”

Filming in Tacloban, where memories of the devastation remain fresh in the minds of people who continue to endure the wrath of strong typhoons year after year, also has challenges. “The other challenge is dealing with this story. Dealing with the real people from Tacloban. It’s quite sensitive in a way because they are real victims and survivors of this disaster,” he says. “You know these people have gone through so much loss and pain, so its not easy dealing with them. But at the same time I’d like to think of it as a therapy in a way because it could help them somehow move on with their lives.”

“There were times that it was quite emotional because they played [the role of victims] themselves. It’s not easy also for us, but one thing that is very clear with everyone, with all the production [staff], is that we don’t want to exploit them. We don’t want to exploit their emotions and their situation. For us, we went there as a filmmaker, as a story teller. We are doing this project also for them. It is not just for us. At the end, it doesn’t just come out as a film about climate change or people trying to move one. But more like a tribute to the survivors of Haiyan.”

Mendoza reveals to tabloid! his favourite scene in the movie. “The one scene that I like is the scene where Nora Aunor and Julio Diaz are talking [across] a table and Nora Aunor says that just because she survived doesn’t mean she is favoured. It’s like in real life, sometimes other people suffer and we feel we are more blessed or privileged, but of course we also have our own [sufferings to deal with]. And that’s what I also like to remind the audience. We have our own sufferings inside.”

Trap was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. The movie also received positive response from different international film festivals. However, Mendoza, who received the Best Film award for his movie Lola at the 2009 Dubai International Film Festival, says winning awards is not his ultimate goal. “Awards are validation of our work, but they shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. Of course I’m proud that my films are being recognised. But I think first and foremost, you are making the film not for the awards, you are making film because you want to tell a story — a truthful story.”

Brillante Mendoza, SGIFF head of Jury

Brillante Mendoza, SGIFF head of Jury

Brillante Mendoza will be heading the jury of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will be held on November 26 – December 6, 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands.

While TAKLUB will be screened on December 1 at 9.30pm, followed by Q&A afterwards. He will also give a Masterclass to share his experience with the young filmmakers from Southeast Asia.

The achievements he has made in his career and the insight into his journey as a filmmaker will be an inspiration to all.


Bambanti won Best Film at Festival International du Film de Bruxelles

Bambanti won Best Film at Festival International du Film de Bruxelles

Sinag Maynila entry Bambanti bagged the Best Film award at Festival International du Film de Brussels held on November 17-21, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

This year, hollywood actor Holt McCallany is the chairman of the international jury.

Accepting the award is Sinag Maynila Festival Director Brillante Mendoza.

Bambanti is directed by Zig Dulay who currently participates to different international festivals.

Bambanti won Best Film in Brussels

Watch the trailer of Bambanti:

Brillante Mendoza delivers master class at Minsk Film Festival Listapad

Brillante Mendoza delivers master class at Minsk Film Festival Listapad

Belarusian film fans have been given an opportunity today to attend a workshop by one of the best directors according to the Venice, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals – Brillante Mendoza.

The Filipino director, cameraman, producer and actor began his spectacular career at the age of 45. With over ten feature films under his belt, a special place belongs to The Masseur, which has won the Grand Prix at the Locarno International Film Festival. His film Kinatay is the winner of Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mendoza’s works has always been featured in Berlinale programmes.

At Minsk master class, the director told about the intricacies of shooting his new film Trap (Taklub). The movie reveals the story about 3 people, who were related to one tragedy, all of them lost their relatives after the typhoon, which destroyed the city of Tacloban.
At Minsk, Belarus
Mendoza avowed, that he was happy to attend the festival and to share his movie and emotions with all the cinema lovers in Belarus. He admitted, that the main point he wanted to deliver was to inspire cinematographers, who don’t have enough resourses and finances to shoot a film, but still want to produce a good quality cinematography.

According to him – the director, idea and content of the movie should prevail over its form. Although, in case you have good financial resources, it is also important to think out the form.

At the Minsk International Film Festival – Listapad

At the Minsk International Film Festival – Listapad

After the successful Tokyo International Film Festival, the Directorate of Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” was honored to invite Director Brillante Mendoza to the 22nd Minsk International Film Festival held on November 6th-13th, 2015.

Being one of the most spectacular events in the cultural life of its country, Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” is held annually in the capital of the Republic of Belarus, a large film forum bringing together famous filmmakers, actors, cinema fans.

The Festival also provides an educational platform for communication between professionals of cinema. Varied workshops, discussions and exhibitions are held to give an opportunity to learn from masters of cinema and to discuss significant problems of cinematography’s development.

The main competition and the competition among young directors feature story films and documentaries. The Children’s and Youth Film Festival Listapadzik is held within the framework of the festival.

This year Director Brillante Mendoza will be giving a Master Class in Tsentralny cinema. The event is managed by program director Igor Soukmanov.

The 22nd Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” will give a new impetus to establishing of closer relations and better understanding between nations and contribute to further strengthening of friendship and cultural collaboration of the two friendly countries.Brillante Mendoza at Minsk, Belarus

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 (http://2015.tiff-jp.net/en/)


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.