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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.

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.