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Pampanga, 30 July 1960
Brillante Ma. Mendoza was born in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He was a fine arts major who studied advertising at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He started his career as a production designer in feature films, television, theatre and eventually in television advertising.
His production design work was featured in acclaimed local films such as TAKAW TUKSO (FLIRTING WITH TEMPTATION, 1986), PRIVATE SHOW (1986), OLONGAPO, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM (1987), and many others.
In 2005 he formed a small independent production outfit called Centerstage Productions. CSP is a group of independent filmmakers who have brought honors to the country via feature films that won several awards and recognition in prestigious film festival here and abroad.
From feature films, Brillante then moved on to television commercial productions, and became one of the most sought-after and in-demand production designers.
From 1990 to 2004, he designed the production for commercials of most major companies such as San Miguel Brewery, Asia Brewery, PLDT, Globe, Smart Jollibee, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble Philippines, and Unilever Philippines. This brought him in close working relationships with politicians and some of the biggest names in the Filipino entertainment industry.
His first feature film MASAHISTA (THE MASSEUR), made in 2005, won a Golden Leopard award (co-winner) in the video section at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, as well as the Interfaith Award in 2006 Brisbane Film Festival and the Audience Award in Turin.
His subsequent films won further major international awards. MANORO (THE AETA TEACHER, 2006) won the CinemAvvenir at the Torino Film Festival 2006 and Best Picture and Director awards at the Cinemanila 2006.
KALELDO (SUMMER HEAT) won the Netpac Award in Jeonju 2007 and the Best Actress Award in Durban 2007.
FOSTER CHILD won the Best Actress award in New Delhi 2007, Special Jury award in Kazakhstan 2007, the Signis Award in Las Palmas 2008, Best Picture and Actress Awards in Durban 2008.
TIRADOR won the Special Jury award in Marrakech in 2007, Caligari Award in Berlin Film Festival 2008. It was also given the Best Film, Director and Netpac awards in the 2008 Singapore International Film Festival.
SERBIS is a co-production of the Philippines and France’s Swift Productions. It won script funding from the Asian Cinema Fund of the 2007 Pusan International Film Festiva,l and participated in the 2008 Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum (HAF).
Serbis was in the main competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival becoming the first Filipino film to compete since 1984. It won Best Director and Actress Awards in the 2008 Pacific Meredian Film Festival in Vladivostok, Russia and Golden Kinnaree Awards in the Southeast Competition of the 2008 Bangkok Film Festival.
Serbis is also the first Filipino film to be invited as official selection in the prestigious New York Film Festival.
He recently won the Best Director Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Kinatay. He is the first Filipino filmmaker to win an award from Cannes.
Foster Child (2007)
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