Born on July 30, 1960 in San Fernando, Philippines. Brillante Ma. Mendoza started as a production designer in various films and television advertisements. His debut film, Masahista (The Masseur) won the Golden Leopard Award at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival, and paved the way for the rise of alternative cinema in the Philippines. In 2005, he founded Center Stage Productions (CSP), an independent film production company. Mendoza continues to make films and documentaries that depict the lives of the Filipinos and the marginalized sectors of society, cultivating an audience for alternative cinema in the Philippines. His films are shown in different schools all over the country. One of which is Manoro (The Teacher), a film now part of the Philippine Department of Education’s teaching modules. Brillante Mendoza is the first Filipino director to be honored by France with the title Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. His films Kanatay (2009) and Taklub (2015) have won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and Thy Womb saw him win Achievement in Direction at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Accolades

Brillante Ma Mendoza
Best Director, 2012

Brillante Ma Mendoza

Best Director, 2012

Brillante Ma Mendoza

Thy Womb (Sinapupunan)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2012 Brillante Mendoza is regarded as a living treasure in the Philippines, having won Best Director at Cannes for Kinatay (2009)—the…

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Films

Verdict
2019

Verdict

Philippines, France
2019

Verdict

Joy and her six-year-old daughter, Angel, live in Manila, with her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal and alcoholic. Dante routinely returns home drunk at night…

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Thy Womb
2012

Thy Womb (Sinapupunan)

Philippines
2012

Thy Womb (Sinapupunan)

Winner, Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by an Actress, 2012 Brillante Mendoza is regarded as a living treasure in the Philippines, having won Best Director…

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