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Brillante Mendoza

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Brillante Mendoza
Brillante Mendoza at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, September 2012.jpg
Born (1960-07-30) 30 July 1960 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas
OccupationFilm director
Years active2005–present

Brillante "Dante" Mendoza[1] (born 30 July 1960) is a Filipino independent filmmaker.[2]


He was born and raised in San Fernando, Pampanga. He took advertising arts of the College of Architecture and fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas.[3]

He has directed sixteen films since 2005, also he credited some cinematographer and production designer under his alias. His first frequent collaboration with actor Coco Martin in seven films including Masahista, Summer Heat, Foster Child, Tirador, Serbis, Kinatay, and Captive.

On 25 July 2016, he directed the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.[4] Mendoza was again attached to direct Duterte's second State of the Nation Address on 24 July 2017.[5]


Mendoza won the Best Director award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his film Kinatay.
Mendoza won the Best Director award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his film Kinatay.

He won the award for Best Director for his film Kinatay at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.[6]

His 2009 film Lola won the award for Best Film at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival.[7]

His 2012 film Captive was shown in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.[8]

His 2012 film Thy Womb competed for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[9] and earned Mendoza the award for Achievement in Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2012.[10]

His film Taklub has been selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[11]

His film 2019 film Mindanao competed for 41st Cairo International Film Festival, which he earned the award for Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution, as well as he decided to compete in any future film festivals.



Year Title Original title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Screenwriter
2005 The Masseur Masahista Yes Story 2005 Locarno International Film Festival - Golden Leopard (video competition)
2006 Summer Heat Kaleldo Yes Yes Story 2007 Jeonju International Film Festival - Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
The Teacher Manoro Yes Also as cinematographer and production designer
2007 Fantasy Pantasya Yes Also cinematographer
Foster Child Yes 2007 Brisbane International Film Festival - Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
Slingshot Tirador Yes Also as cinematographer
2008 Service Serbis Yes Nominated—2008 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Nominated—2009 Asian Film Awards - Best Director
2009 Butchered (The Execution of P) Kinatay Yes Also as production designer
2009 Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
2009 Sitges Film Festival - Best Director
Nominated—2009 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Grandmother Lola Yes Also as production designer
Nominated—2009 Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
2012 Captive Yes Yes Yes Nominated—2012 Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
Thy Womb Sinapupunan Yes Yes Also as production designer
2012 Venice Film Festival - La Navicella - Venezia Cinema Award
2012 Venice Film Festival - P. Nazareno Taddei Award (special mention)
2012 Asia Pacfic Screen Awards - Award for Achievement in Directing
2013 Cines del Sur - Jury Prize (special mention)
Nominated—2012 Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
Nominated—2012 Asia Pacific Film Festival - Best Director
Nominated—2013 Sakhalin International Film Festival - Best Director
2013 Sapi Sapi Yes Executive Also as cinematographer and production designer
2015 Trap Taklub Yes Also as production designer
2015 Cannes Film Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (commendation)
Nominated—2015 Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un Certain Regard
2016 Ma' Rosa Ma' Rosa Yes Nominated—2016 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections Asia sanmenkyô Yes Segment: "Shinauma"
2018 Alpha: The Right to Kill Yes Executive Also as production designer
Journey Lakbayan Yes Yes Co-director with Lav Diaz
2019 Mindanao Mindanao Yes Yes Story Also as production designer
2019 Cairo International Film Festival - Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution
Nominated—2019 Cairo International Film Festival - Golden Pyramid Award
7th Urduja Heritage Film Awards - Best Director
Verdict Executive


Year Title Notes
2018 Amo (TV mini-series) Distributed by Netflix (international)


  1. ^ "Dante Mendoza in 'Bottomline with Boy Abunda'". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Brilliante Mendoza: Philippines' celebrated and divisive director". CNN. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Pagdukot sa mga Burnham, isinapelikula". varsitarian. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  4. ^ "LOOK: Brillante Mendoza confirmed to direct Duterte's SONA". Rappler. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. ^ Colcol, Erwin (12 July 2017). "Brillante Mendoza back as director of Duterte's 2nd SONA". GMA Network. GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Kinatay". Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Dubai International Film Festival – 2009 Winners". Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  8. ^ "First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special". Berlin Film Festival. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  10. ^ "APSA Nominees & Winners". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Complement to the Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 23 April 2015. Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.

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