Mendoza’s subsequent films further won major international awards: Manoro (The Aeta Teacher, 2006) won the CinemAvvenir at the 2006 Torino Film Festival for Best Film, and for Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Cinemanila 2006; Kaleldo (Summer Heat, 2006) won the Netpac Award and Best Actress Award in Durban, 2007; Foster Child (2007) won the Best Actress at New Delhi International Film Festival, Special Jury award at the 2007 International Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan, the Signis Award in the 2008 Las Palmas International Film Festival, and Best Picture and Best Actress awards in Durban, 2008; Tirador (Slingshot, 2007) won the Special Jury Award in the 2007 Marrakech International Film Festival and the Caligari Prize Award at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. It was also given the Best Film, Best Director, and Netpac Awards in the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival.
Serbis won the Best Film and Best Actress awards in the Pacific Meredian Film Festival in Vladivostok, Russia, and the Golden Kinnaree Awards in Bangkok Film Festival in 2008. Serbis is also the first Filipino film to be invited as official selection in the prestigious New York Film Festival. It was also the first Filipino film to compete at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2009 Mendoza did the film Lola which gave him numerous awards both local and international: 2009 Dubai International Film Festival , 2010 Miami International Film Festival Grand Knight Award, 2010 Las Palmas International Film Festival: Golden Lady Harimaguada, Best Actress, Best Cinematography ; 2010 Asia pacific Award, Best Actress.
He is regarded by the world’s film critics as an Ultra-neo-realist for his films that depict social realities and the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Mendoza uses these social realities as the backdrop of characters on issues that plague the country, Brillante Ma. Mendoza is the First Filipino to win the Best Director award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his picture Kinatay, besting other world renowned directors.
Director Brillante Ma Mendoza is a living national treasure of the Philippine alternative cinema.The first Filipino to win the most coveted Best Director Award for his film “Kinatay” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Dubbed by the world’s film critics as an ultra neo-realist for his films.
Brillante’s films depict social realities about the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary situations against the backdrop of issues that plague the country.
Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza was born on July 30, 1960 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He finished Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas where he majored in Advertising. His career began as a Production Designer in feature films, television, and theatre. His mastery over production design was featured in acclaimed local films such as Takaw Tukso (Flirting With Temptation, 1986), Private Show (1986), Olongapo (1984), The Great American Dream (1987), and many others. In 2005, Mendoza founded Centerstage Productions (CSP), an independent film production outfit. This film out fit produced feature films that gained several awards in local and international film festivals. As a production designer for feature films, he moved to television commercial productions and became one of the most sought after production designers. From 1990 to 2004, he focused his career as an Art Director for television commercials for national and multi-national advertisers: San Miguel Brewery, Asia Brewery, PLDT, Globe Telecom, Smart Telecommunications, Procter & Gamble Philippines, and Unilever Philippines.
In 2005 Mendoza ventured into feature film not as a production designer but as a director. His first feature film Masahista (The Masseur, 2005) won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. The film also won the Interfaith Award in 2006 in the Brisbane Film Festival and the Audience award in the Turin International Film Festival. This started his career as a film director.
MEMBER OF THE JURY
11th International Film Festival of Marrakech
29th Torino Film Festival
34th Hong Kong International Film Festival
7th Bangkok International Film Festival
6th Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival
62nd Locarno International Film Festival
11th Mumbai International Film Festival
10th Cinemanila International Film Festival
34th Brussels International Independent Film Festival
Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
United Kingdom (September 2011)
One Take Film Festival
Zagreb, Croatia (November 2010)
21st Ljubljana International Film Festival
Ljubljana, Slovenia (November 2010)
Bozar Cinema, Center for Fine Arts
Brussels, Belgium (November 2010)
Eye Film Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (November 2010)
Cinema Arsenal Berlin
Germany (February 2010)
12th Deauville Asian Film Festival
Brazil Indie Festival
Paris Cinema International Film Festival
3rd CineVita Film Festival (The Varsitarian)
University of Santo Tomas
Philippines (February 2009)
Brillante Mendoza Film Festival SM Cebu - August 4 & 5 SM North Edsa - August 10 & 11 SM Cagayan De Oro - August 17 & 18 SM Iloilo - August 25 & 26 SM Baguio - September 5 & 6 SM Bacolod - October 10 & 11
Film Retrospective Manchester, United Kingdom - opening night in Cornerhouse on Sept 30