CANNES 2009 best director and Thomasian Brillante Mendoza was named best director at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival Awards in Catalonia, Spain last October 12 for his film, Kinatay.

This marks the Fine Arts’ alumnus second international triumph. The film’s soundtrack by Teresa Barrozo also bagged the best original soundtrack award.

Mendoza headed the jury for this year’s Cinemanila International Film Festival, judging films in five competition categories namely Main Competition, South East Asia (SEA) Full Lengths, DigitalLokal, Young Cinema, and SEA Shorts.

His latest film, “Lola,” starring Anita Linda, marked the opening of the festival last October 15 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Cinemanila gave Mendoza one of his first triumphs in cinema with the Grand Prize and Best Director award in the DigitalLokal competition for Manoro in 2006.

Now on its 11th year, the 2009 Cinemanila featured around 100 international and local films. James C. Talon

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