Joey Agbayani was born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1965.
While studying Architecture at the University of the Philippines, Agbayani participated in several film workshops and seminars sponsored by the Goethe Institute, the Mowelfund Film Institute, and the UP Film Center.
His very first short film "The Eye in the Sky" won the 1st Prize and Best Student film at the 1984 Experimental Cinema of the Philippines Short Film Festival. His second film "Kidlat" (Lightning) won Best Short Feature at the 1989 Film Academy of the Philippines Awards and the Gawad Urian Awards. "Kidlat" was chosen as the Philippine Official Entry to the 1990 Foreign Student Category of the Oscars (AMPAS).
After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, Agbayani pursued a career in directing television commercials and music videos. His first television commercial "Odyssey" won the 1991 Ad of the Year Award given by the Advertising Creative Guild.
In the mid-1990s, Joey and his brother Rob directed a television musical show called "Music Bureau" and several music videos for their sister, recording artist Viktoria. In 1999 their music video "Puede Ba" bagged several awards including Best Music Video Director and Best Music Video of the Year at the 1999 Awit Awards."Puede Ba" also won Best Female Artist Video for MTV Philippines.
Agbayani's animated films "Lola" and "The Ghostwriter" received major awards from several international film festivals. Agbayani's works have been shown in worldwide and prestigious festivals such as the Asian American International Film Festival, The New York City Horror Film Festival at the Tribeca Cinemas, Festival du Court Metrage Clermont Ferrand, Festival de Cine Alcala de Henares, Berlin Independent Film Festival, Independent Days Film Festival in Germany and the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the UK.
In 2013, Joey Agbayani received the Inquirer Indie Bravo! The award, an award of distinction given by the Philippine Daily Inquirer to filmmakers who have garnered international awards and for their exemplary achievement in the cinematic arts.
In 2015, Agbayani was one of the recipients of the Cinema One Originals Film Festival Honorary Award with the citation "A tribute to the first wave of brave, bold and original filmmakers who paved way and continue to be beacons of inspiration for the new generation of filmmakers in the country.
  • Writer (8 Credits)
    Hotel Purgatorio*
    Screenplay
    Infierno (Hell)
    Screenplay
    Infierno (Hell)*
    Screenplay
    Venganza (Revenge)
    Short
    Venganza2021
    Short
    The Visitor2020
    Short
    Grandma2010
    The Ghostwriter1997
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    Venganza (Revenge)
    Short
    Venganza2021
    Short
    The Visitor2020
    Short
    Wild Side2012
    Music Video
    Grandma2010
    The Ghostwriter1997
  • Director (5 Credits)
    Venganza (Revenge)
    Short
    Venganza2021
    Short
    The Visitor2020
    Short
    Grandma2010
    The Ghostwriter1997
  • Cinematography, Editing, Soud Design, VFX, CGI (1 Credit)
    Venganza (Revenge)
    Short
  • Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, sound Design (1 Credit)
    Venganza2021
    Short
  • Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Design (1 Credit)
    The Visitor2020
    Short
  • Animator (1 Credit)
    The Ghostwriter1997
Winner Best Visual Effects and Nominated for Best Fantasy Film
Venganza (Revenge)
Thrills and Chills Film Awards 2021 (Halloween Edition)
2021
Nominee for Best Horror
Venganza (Revenge)
Paris Film Festival
Paris
2021
Best Director of Photography, Finalist for Best Short Film
Venganza (Revenge)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2021
Best Comedy Short
Venganza (Revenge)
Cooper Awards
2021
Finalist
Venganza (Revenge)
Onyko Films Awards
2021
Best Trailer; Finalist for Best Short Film, Best Comedy Short, Best Actor, Best Screenwriter, Best Sound Design.
Venganza (Revenge)
V. i. Z. Film Fest
2021
Best CGI and Best Sci-fi
Venganza (Revenge)
Fright Night Film Fest 2021
Louisville
2021
Finalist
Venganza
Onyko Films Awards
Tallinn
2021
Best Comedy Short Film
Venganza
Cooper Awards
2021
Best Sci-fi Short and Best CGI
Venganza
Fright Night Film Festival
Louisville, Kentucky. uSA
2021
Nominee for Best Horror
Venganza
Paris Film Festival
Paris
2021
Best Director of Photography
Venganza
Vesuvius International Film Monthly Festival
Campania
2021
Finalist for Best Short Film
Venganza
Vesuvius International Film Monthly Festival
Campania
2021
Short Listed for 2 Awards
The Visitor
Wild Indie Sci-fi & Fantasy Film Festival
London
2021
Finalist
The Visitor
The TV Fest
British Columbia
2021
Finalist for Best Micro Short Film
The Visitor
Vesuvius International Film Monthly Festival
Campania
2021
Best Horror Short
The Visitor
Vesuvius International Film Monthly Festival
Campania
2021
Honorable Mention
The Visitor
90 Second Horror Challenge
Basildon
2020
Best Supernatural Screenplay
Infierno (Hell)
Fright Night Film Fest
Louisville, KY
2020
Best Supernatural Screenplay
Infierno (Hell)*
Fright Night Film Fest
Louisville, KY
2020
Best Horror Thriller Screenplay
Hotel Purgatorio*
Fright Night Film Festival
Louisville, Kentucky. uSA
2015
Best Horror Thriller Screenplay
Hotel Purgatorio*
Fright Night Film Festival
Louisville, KY
2015
Best international Music Video
Wild Side
PollyGrind
Las Vegas
2013
Corman Award, Best Animated Film
Grandma
Fright Night Film Festival
Louisville, KY
2012
Nominated for Best Music Video
Wild Side
AOF International Film Festival
Pasadena, CA
2012
Best Music Video
Wild Side
Shockfest
Hollywood
2012
Best International Short Animation
The Ghostwriter
Kidz Filmz Festival
New Jersey, USA
2012
Best Animated Short
The Ghostwriter
Puerto Rico International Film Festival
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
2012
Best Animated Short
Grandma
Mockfest Film Festival of Hollywood
Hollywood, CA
2011
Best Comedy Animation
Grandma
Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
2011
Best Animated Film
Grandma
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2011
Winner Best Visual Effects and Nominated for Best Fantasy Film
Venganza
Thrills and Chills Film Awards 2021 (Halloween Edition)
Diamond Award
The Ghostwriter
California Film Awards
San Diego, CA
College
University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
19821990
High School
Ateneo de Manila
Birth Date
January 24, 1965
Nickname
Joey
Birth City
Quezon City
Current City
Pasig
Hometown
Pasig
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