Pepe Diokno

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Pepe Diokno is an internationally-acclaimed film director, producer, and writer.

At the age of 22, his debut film, Engkwentro, won the Lion of the Future - “Luigi de Laurentiis” Award and the Orizzonti Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Produced on a meager budget, Engkwentro tells the story of two teenage brothers on the run from a vigilante death squad. It also received the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 2010 Jeonju International Film Festival, a special citation from the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, and an Ani ng Dangal Award from the President of the Philippines.

Pepe’s second film, Above the Clouds, premiered at the 2014 Tokyo Film Festival and was nominated Best Film at the 2014 Singapore Film Festival. It tells the story of an orphaned teenage boy and his estranged grandfather embarking on a journey to overcome their grief. e Filipino-French production won grants from France’s Aide aux cinemas du monde, South Korea’s Asian Cinema Fund, Switzerland’s Visions Sud Est and the 2012 Berlin Film Festival’s Arte Prize.

In 2015, Pepe returned to his roots with his third feature, Kapatiran, a cinematic essay on fraternities and Philippine society’s tribal nature. It premiered as an Official Selection at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, received rave reviews the QCinema International Film Festival, and is currently making its rounds internationally.

Pepe has embarked into television with Cinema One’s Single/Single, a top-rating miniseries about the lives of Filipino millennials. He has also worked with brands such as Safeguard, BPI, Jollibee, Knorr, Sun Life, Avida, San Miguel, and Metrobank to cra short films that impart Filipino values.

Pepe is chairman of Epicmedia, the independent production company behind Lav Diaz’s Berlin Silver Bear winner, Hele Sa Hiwaga Ng Hapis, and the box office hit at ing Called Tadhana. He is also the editor-in- chief and a columnist of e Philippine STAR’s Saturday pop culture section, Supreme. For advertising works, he is represented by Straight Shooters and Unitel.

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