One of the most prominent and important Filipino filmmakers today. He is the first Filipino to compete and won in 3 major international film festivals. His film, “Captive”, competed in coveted Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, while “Tirador (Slingshot)” won the Caligari Film Award in 2007. “Thy Womb”, on the other hand, won the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award in the equally prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2012, while “Lola” was nominated for the Golden Lion in 2009. But his most notable achievement is when he won the elusive Best Director in the well-renowned Cannes Film Festival for the film, “Kinatay” in 2009. The year before, his film, “Serbis (Service)” was nominated for the acclaimed Palme d’ Or Award. In 2016, his film “MA' ROSA” won the Best Actress Award (Jaclyn JOSE) in Cannes Film Festival. The film has been Philippines' entry to 2017 Oscars.