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The Philippines: Khavn de la Cruz of Filmless Films

“For a few years now, Philippines had its own answer to the Dogma manifesto. It was called Filmless Films. Its leader is Khavn. He has been tireless in organizing events, screening showcases and festivals to promote Filipino digital cinema. Filipino digital cinema has come of age.”
– Philip Cheah, Festival Director, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore

“The wild, funny, subversive no-budget video of the Philippine punk rebel Khavn is a discovery in the emphasis to the cinema of Southeast Asia.”
– Christoph Huber, Film Critic, Die Presse, Austria

Lauded as the “Che Guevara of the Digital Revolution” and “enfant terrible of Philippine Cinema”, “Renaissance man” Khavn is “one of the underground digital cinema’s best-kept secrets”. This prolific and accomplished filmmaker with 16 features and over 60 short films to his name has won awards and been showcased in Europe, Asia and diverse parts of the world. He is the Creative and Managing Director of Filmless Films, his independent digital film company, Oracafe Multimedia Arts Company and Avant-Pop Music, and festival director since 2002 of the .MOV International Digital Film Festival, Philippines’ first digital film festival. In alliance with other Filipino film professionals, he founded the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Indie Coop) and has served on the jury of the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France), Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic), and Jeonju International Digital Film Festival (Korea). Khavn also fronts The Brockas as a singer, songwriter and pianist and his other pursuits include having taught at his alma mater, Ateneo De Manila University, won prizes for his poetry and fiction from the Palanca National Literary Awards, published various writings, and written and composed two rock operas and assorted songs.

Selected Filmography:
Feature Films
Squatterpunk (2006)
The Family That Eats Soil (2005)
Headless [Pugot] (2004)
Greaseman (2001)
The Twelve (2000)
Short Films
Literature (2007)
Rugby Boyz (2006)
Can & Slippers (2005)
Amen (2005)
Barong Brothers (2003)
Squatterpunk, Grand Jury Prize at Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2006
Rugby Boyz, Best Documentary, 16th Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival & Special Mention Prize, 52nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2006
Greaseman, Winner, Experimental Video Category, 15th Gawad-CCP Alternative Film Festival, 2002
The Twelve, Special Award for Best Full-Length Indie Feature, 14th Gawad-CCP Alternative Film Festival, 2000
Amen, Winner, Short Feature Film Category, 12th Gawad-CCP Alternative Film Festival, 1999 & Winner-Recipient, 1998 Young Cinema Production Grant, National commission for Culture and the Arts, Mowelfund Film Institute, Philippine Information Agency, and Kodak Philippines, 1998