Ma’ Rosa, which won Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was recently chosen as the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category in the upcoming Oscars.
The Presidential Communications Office of Malacanang released two anti-drug public service ads directed by Mendoza.
Mendoza is part of Asian Three-Fold Mirror, “Reflections”, with two other Asian directors, Isao Yukisada (Japan) and Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia). It will be part of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival, which will premiere on October 26. His film SHINIUMA stars Lou Veloso.
He was also commissioned by the National Gallery Singapore to join four other award-winning directors from Southeast Asia in an omnibus film titled “Art Through Our Eyes.” The other directors in the project are Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Eric Khoo (Singapore), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and Joko Anwar (Indonesia).
The idea was for each filmmaker to come up with “a short film inspired by a piece of art from their country.
Through Keep Walking Philippines, Johnnie Walker aims to inspire Filipinos by highlighting incredible, real stories of heroism that have a made a positive difference in the lives of others.
All around us are ordinary individuals whose journey to personal progress began with ambition. The stories of Xyza Bacani, former overseas domestic worker turned internationally acclaimed photographer and NYU scholar despite financial limitations; Aisa and Raphael Mijeno of SALt who created an alternative power supply for local communities using salt water amidst the lack of resources; and
Brillante Mendoza, the Cannes-winning filmmaker who continues to reinvent Philippine cinema though often criticized for his choice of subject matter, were recognized for becoming our inspiration to stretch the limits of our ambition.
On October 6, he has been chosen as one of the INQUIRER Brand Ambassadors. He will be involved with Inquirer's upcoming campaign that will usher in the brand's relationship with consumers and how the brand is attuned with the lifestyle of the current times.
He is now doing a research for his next film.