Brillante Mendoza is currently at 2017 Cannes Film Festival not as a contestant but as a mentor to filmmakers from different countries. In a message to his students, the internationally acclaimed director implied that filmmakers from the Philippines will not run out of stories to tell.

“It is a great honor to mentor young filmmakers from all over the world in this year’s Cannes Film Festival,” Mendoza said in a statement. “I am thrilled to impart the knowledge that I have gained and the craft that I have honed for the last 12 years of rethinking and reinventing Cinema.”

“Just like any country in the world, Philippine Cinema also has its fair share of challenges that we, Filipino filmmakers are facing,” the 2009 Cannes Film Festival best director continued. “Despite the daunting task of producing a quality film to par with our foreign counterparts, I believe that our country is rich in both fascinating and riveting stories to tell. I would like to share how we adapt to these limitations by focusing more on the content of these stories amid the budget constraints of filmmaking and I hope my students can apply my methodology to their respective craft.”

(2016 Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop students pose with the 2009 Cannes Film Festival best director during their culminating program.)

For three days, 10 filmmakers will be under the tutelage of Mendoza in a master class at 2017 Cannes Film Festival. They are from Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Myanmar, Peru and South Africa.

The master class is the ninth installment of the Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, which is held during the film fest in Cannes, France. Prior to Mendoza, the mentors invited by Institut Française in the previous installments were Jia Zhan-Ke, Claire Denis, Walter Salles, Raoul Peck, Elia Suleiman, Maria de Medeiros, Elsa Zylberstein, Pablo Trapero, Sandrine Bonnaire, Rithy Panh, Juliette Binoche and Abderrahmane Sissako.

After spending three days in Cannes, Mendoza will go to Zurich, Switzerland to attend a benefit screening of “Ma’ Rosa” at the Arthouse Cinema Alba. The film was his entry to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, which made Jaclyn Jose the first Southeast Asian actress to win Best Actress at the prestigious film festival. 

Here are some photos taken at 2017 Cannes Film Festival:


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