JT Trinidad is a filmmaker born and raised in Pandacan, Manila. Their short ‘as if nothing happened’ competed at the London Short Film Festival 2022 and was included in CNN Life Philippines’ list of Best Filipino Films of 2020. Their short “like people, they change too” is one of the grantees of Pelikultura: The Calabarzon […]
Jaime Morados, from Biñan, Laguna, started making films at the age of 14. Currently studying film in MINT College, his works have been selected and awarded in local and international film festivals. He won the Jury Prize at the Binisaya Film Festival for his film PROTACIO AND THE BUM (2021), Best Picture in Montañosa Film […]
Austin Tan is a film director and scriptwriter hailing from Tuguegarao, Philippines. He makes short and experimental films that tackles political and social topics through concepts that deal on memory and death, and stories of the underprivileged and the voiceless. His short film, HAPPY 2023RD BIRTHDAY MYLENE! screened locally and internationally, including winning best picture […]
Rocky Morilla is a UPFI graduate based in Marikina. She focused on cinematography in university, working as part of the camera department for films such as CinemaOne Origina’s Asuang and QCShorts 2019 Best Film Judy Free. She co-founded Pothos collective in 2020, a group that explores emancipative and novel approaches to filmmaking cultivated by the […]
WHAMMY ALCAZAREN is a director and production designer for films and advertising. His most recent work for Carlo Manatad’s “WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE” won Best Production Design in the FAMAS and the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards. The Young Critics Circle has awarded him as well for Best Achievement in Visual Design twice for […]
Christopher Gozum studied Film in the University of the Philippines and is an alumnus of the 2006 Asian Film Academy (South Korea). His films received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for Alternative Film and Video (2005), as well as the Best Short Film (2007), the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Filipino Filmmaker (2008), […]
Khavn (born 1973, Manila) is a poet, novelist, songwriter, pianist, and filmmaker known for hi punk, innovative, and genre bending cinema. The father of Philippine digital filmmaking, Khavn has made 51 features and 115 short films. He has served as jury member at the Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, CPH:DOX, Jeonju, BiFan, Jihlava, & Dok Leipzig film festivals […]
Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo grew up in a family of artists and craftsmen in Paete, a small artisanal town in the Philippines. With a degree in Digital Filmmaking, she started merging her background in traditional arts with digital media that gave her an edge in visual storytelling. Most of her works are invested in visual elements. […]
Wena Sanchez is a filmmaker from Leyte. In 2014, she co-directed “Nick and Chai” — a documentary feature which won Best Picture at the QCinema Film Festival in 2014 and screened at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Busan IFF, and other festivals. All Grown Up is her second film.
Dwein Baltazar, first and foremost, is a mother, who has a love- hate relationship with writing and still dreams of becoming a theatre actress. Currently, Baltazar writes and directs for mini-series and movies. Her debut film, “Mamay Umeng” (2012) took home the Best Picture prize at the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival held in South […]
Born in 1976, in Cotabato, Southern Philippines, Gutierrez Mangansakan II is a keen observer of Southeast Asian cinema and one of the leading figures of the Regional Cinema New Wave movement in the Philippines. He has produced, written, and directed prize winning films such as “Limbunan” (The Bridal Quarter) which closed the Venice Critics Week […]
Dan Villegas started his career as a cinematographer for Cathy Garcia-Molina, Mae Cruz-Alviar, Joyce Bernal, and Antoinette Jadaone. His first full-length film is the 2010 Cinemalaya coming-of-age Mayohan, which won Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography - for Villegas himself. In 2014, he directed “English Only, Please” at the Metro Manila […]
Timmy Harn has made short films that have participated in local and international film festivals. One of them, “Class Picture” (as Tito & Tito with filmmaker Gym Lumbera) was screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival New Waves Program. It also won Best Experimental Film at the 2011 Gawad CCP Short Film Festival. His […]
Samantha Lee is a filmmaker who advocates for better representation of women and the LGBTQ+ community in local cinema. Her first film, “Baka Bukas” has won various awards both here and abroad, most notably winning the “Emerging Talent Award” at Outfest 2017- the biggest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world.
Aleia Garcia is a filmmaker from the Philippines. Her first documentary, Yanbu, competed in the longest running short film festival in Asia,Gawad CCP for Independent Film and Video and won 3rd place in the documentary section. It also competed and won Best Screenplay in Nabunturan Film Exhibition held at Compostella Valley, Philippines. Spring by the […]
After graduating from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Film, Grace received a grant from the European Union as part of their project entitled “In Defense of Land and Life: Addressing Human Rights Concerns of Indigenous Peoples in Resource Conflict Areas” to produce a mid-length documentary film. As a follow up to […]
Jet Leyco is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker based in Manila. He has directed four feature films in different genres that were exhibited in various festivals locally and abroad. He has directed and photographed over a hundred TV documentaries for the biggest media conglomerate in the Philippines – ABS-CBN.He graduated Cum Laude in Far Eastern University in […]
Norvin De los Santos is a writer-director from Mandaluyong City. After graduating with a Business Administration degree from Jose Rizal University in 2013, he took up Basic Motion Picture production at the Asia Pacific Film Institute in 2016.His first short film Papang (Father, 2016) won Best Film at the San Juan Film Camp, and was […]
Sonny Calvento is a director, writer and producer from the Philippines. He was a fellow of the Hanoi International Film Festival Directing and Producing Studio where he was awarded Best Talent in Directing and Producing.In 2019, he produced John Denver Trending, a film that won Best Film, NETPAC Jury Award, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best […]
Che graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Film in 2016. Her animated short Lola Loleng (2016) has been screened in local and international film festivals, including the Singapore International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Fajr International Film Festival in Iran, and the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival to […]
Joanne Cesario is a Filipina short filmmaker and zine creator. She grew up in Tanauan, Batangas and moved to Metro Manila at age 15. Before deciding to enter the Film program of the University of the Philippines, she first became a student activist and organizer. Both her childhood experiences and political undertakings have largely influenced […]
Alejo Barbaza is a filmmaker who takes interest in scriptwriting and sound. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute.
Mervine Aquino is a filmmaker and writer from Baguio City, and is a recent graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has made several short films including “Interlude (Are you having fun?)” and “Baguio Address No. 10”, and also worked as editor several feature length films.
Carla Pulido Ocampo is an editor, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker. She started out in film by composing theme songs and guitar-based scores for her classmates’ shorts, at the then Film Department of the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines - Diliman, where she graduated cum laude in 2005.Currently, she is best known as […]
Glenn Barit is a Filipino filmmaker, sound designer and scorer from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. He likes to play around with his works because filmmaking is very hard and expensive. His film “Aliens Ata” won him the NETPAC Jury Prize in the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2017 and has screened in Kaohsiung Film Festival and SEA […]
Rae Red is a screenwriter and filmmaker. She wrote the Philippine entry to the 90th Academy Awards, Birdshot (2017). Her short film, Luna (2016), was a finalist at the CineFilipino Film Festival Short Features category. Her first feature film, Si Chedeng at Si Apple is a finalist at the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival. […]
Arnel ‘Arbi’ Barbarona is a Davao-based film director and cinematographer, whose first full length film Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill) earned him Best Director awards from Gawad Urian and Famas in 2018 and Sinag Maynila Festival in 2017. A product of the Mindanao Film Festival/ Guerilla Film Making, Barbarona collaborated with award-winning Mindanao […]
Xeph Suarez is a Mindanaoan filmmaker based in Manila, Philippines. He has directed a number of short films including Si Astri maka si Tambulah, which won Best Director and received a Jury Citation at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018. The film was screened in several international film festivals, including PÖFF Shorts - Tallinn […]
Chuck Escasa was born and raised in Pasig, Rizal. He is married to Ilongga filmmaker Aimee Apostol-Escasa. They live in Tagaytay.
Mihk Vergara is a Filipino writer and director for tv, digital and film since 2004. While having dipped his hands in advertising, music video, tv and film it is his love for telling stories that continues to drive him forward in whatever medium he finds himself expressing himself in.Over the course of his career he […]
Miko Livelo is a Filipino film and TV director. After studying Fine Arts majoring in Advertising from the University of Sto. Tomas, he took up Film at the Asia Pacific Film Institute (APFI).He started his career as a motion graphics artist and soon directed his first film, Blue Bustamante (2013), his entry to the Cinema […]
Kaj Palanca is a writer, researcher, and filmmaker. At sixteen, he co-wrote and co-directed the short film Contestant #4, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the first Shanghai Queer Film Festival. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines […]
Maria Estela Paiso has been in post-production since 2016 and has edited two feature films and several shorts. The themes of her personal projects revolve around memory and often use techniques that attempt to make tangible what has already passed. Her post-production background plays a major role in her DIY shorts and music videos. In […]
Trishtan Perez is a filmmaker from Pagadian City and is a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in Film. He is the director of short films like Some Nights I Feel Like Walking (2018) and The Man Who Isn’t There and other Stories of Longing (2019) which recently received the Special […]