Elvert Bañares is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist based in both Manila, Philippines who usually shoots his films independently. His film "Banal" (Holy) is the first short film from Western Visayas region of the Philippines to win the Regional Entry Gawad CCP (Award) for Film given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines . He started making underground experimental films and video art since 1993 and has moved on to direct narrative shorts and documentaries starting from 2008. He has exhibited his art & screened his films in more than 20 countries in Asia, The Americas, Australia, Africa and Europe. For TV, he did production design for "Maalaala Mo Kaya", the Philippines' longest running and most awarded TV series (ABS-CBN 2); directed a special segment for GMA 7; and worked on NCCA productions for then ABC 5, NET 25 and IBC 13 television networks and many institutional clients around Asia.
An Art Association of the Philippines winner; three-time CCP Award winner for Independent Film; recipient of the Garbo sa Bisaya Award for Film & Visual Arts at the VIVA Excon Biennale 2016; producer of two URIAN Awards nominated films and a two-time URIAN Awards nominee himself (given by the Manunuri, a Philippine film critics group), he has represented the country as a Philippine delegate in Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Qingdao and Prague.
His recent short films were selected more than 50 film festivals combined including countries like the Portugal, United Kingdom, Panama, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Cyprus, South Africa, USA, Canada, Indonesia, France, Italy, Pakistan and the Philippines.
  • Director (22 Credits)
    Stroke / Woman2022
    Experimental
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
    Vertical2022
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Russian Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)2021
    Short
    Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind2020
    Short
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay2020
    Documentary
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)2020
    Documentary
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    Dinner at Midnight2019
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    Tata2018
    Feature, Short
    If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up2017
    Short
    If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)2017
    Short
    Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper2017
    Experimental, Short, Other
    The Author2017
    Short
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
    One2015
    Music Video
    Settlement2015
    Short
  • Writer (20 Credits)
    Stroke / Woman2022
    Experimental
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
    Vertical2022
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Russian Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)2021
    Short
    Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind2020
    Short
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay2020
    Documentary
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)2020
    Documentary
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    Dinner at Midnight2019
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    Tata2018
    Feature, Short
    If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up2017
    Short
    If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)2017
    Short
    The Author2017
    Short
    One2015
    Music Video
    Settlement2015
    Short
  • Producer (17 Credits)
    Stroke / Woman2022
    Experimental
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
    Vertical2022
    Short
    Echoes From The Womb2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Russian Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)2021
    Short
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay2020
    Documentary
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)2020
    Documentary
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    Dinner at Midnight2019
    Short
    Tata2018
    Feature, Short
    Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper2017
    Experimental, Short, Other
    The Author2017
    Short
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Editor (12 Credits)
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    Vertical2022
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Russian Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)2021
    Short
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay2020
    Documentary
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)2020
    Documentary
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    The Author2017
    Short
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Cinematography (7 Credits)
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
    Vertical2022
    Short
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay2020
    Documentary
    Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)2020
    Documentary
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
  • Acting (7 Credits)
    The Author: Chapter Three2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Russian Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)2021
    Short
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    Dinner at Midnight2019
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    The Author2017
    Short
  • Costume Design (3 Credits)
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
  • Production Design (3 Credits)
    The Flight of Banog2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)2022
    Short
    The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)2022
    Short
  • Cinematographer (2 Credits)
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    The Author2017
    Short
  • Microfilm Design (1 Credit)
    Vertical2022
    Short
  • Sound Collage (1 Credit)
    Stroke / Woman2022
    Experimental
  • Sound Design (1 Credit)
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
  • Camera (1 Credit)
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
Official Selection, Artist Film
Stroke / Woman
4th MicroActs • Artist Film Screening
London
2022
Official Selection, "Mutedom"
Stroke / Woman
3rd ALC videoart festival
Alicante
2022
Official Selection
The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)
8th Maoriland Film Festival
Ōtaki
2022
Official Selection, International Indigenous Short Film
The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)
16th Wairoa Māori Film Festival
Nuhaka, Wairoa
2022
Official Selection, Pacific Cinewaves
The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)
38th Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection, Competition, Fantastic Shorts
The Flight of Banog (Spanish subtitles)
42nd Porto International Film Festival FANTASPORTO 2022
Oporto
2022
Official Selection
The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)
8th Maoriland Film Festival
Ōtaki
2022
Official Selection, International Indigenous Short Film
The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)
16th Wairoa Māori Film Festival
Nuhaka, Wairoa
2022
Official Selection, Pacific Cinewaves
The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)
38th Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection, Competition, Fantastic Shorts
The Flight of Banog (French Subtitles)
42nd Porto International Film Festival FANTASPORTO 2022
Porto
2022
Official Selection
The Flight of Banog
8th Maoriland Film Festival
Ōtaki
2022
Official Selection, International Indigenous Short Film
The Flight of Banog
16th Wairoa Māori Film Festival
Nuhaka, Wairoa
2022
Official Selection, Pacific Cinewaves
The Flight of Banog
38th Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection, Competition, Fantasy Shorts
The Flight of Banog
42nd Porto International Film Festival FANTASPORTO 2022
Porto
2022
Official Selection, Microfilms
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Upstate New York Film Festival 2022
New York
2022
Official Selection, Competition (Nano and Mobile Film categories)
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Moinho Cine Fest
Porto
2022
Official Selection, Microfilms
The Author: Chapter Three
Upstate New York Film Festival 2022
New York
2022
Official Selection, Competition (Nano and Mobile Film categories)
The Author: Chapter Three
Moinho Cine Fest
Porto
2022
Official Selection
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
FLICKFAIR Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2022
Honorable Mention
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Asia South East-Short Film Festival
Phnom Penh
2022
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
17th 60 Second or Less Video Festival
Chestertown, Maryland
2021
Official Selection, Competition Films
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Minute Madness Toronto
Toronto
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
12th Mobile International Film Festival
Bitola
2021
Official Selection, International Short Fiction
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA
Mexico City
2021
Winner, Best in Category (Get To The Point)
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Copenhagen Web Fest
Copenhagen
2021
Official Selection, International Short Film
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Ojo Móvil Fest 2021
Lima
2021
Winner, Extreme Scream Award, Scream Fest (Halloween Edition 2021)
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Copenhagen Web Fest
Copenhagen
2021
Semi-Finalist, Nominee, Best Cast (1-5 Minute Film Category)
The Author: Chapter Three (Spanish Subtitles)
Couch Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three
17th 60 Second or Less Video Festival
Chestertown, Maryland
2021
Official Selection, Competition Films
The Author: Chapter Three
Minute Madness Toronto
Toronto
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three
12th Mobile International FIlm Festival
Bitola
2021
Official Selection, International Short Fiction
The Author: Chapter Three
Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA
Mexico City
2021
Winner, Best in Category (Get To The Point)
The Author: Chapter Three
Copenhagen Web Fest
Copenhagen
2021
Official Selection, International Short Film
The Author: Chapter Three
Ojo Móvil Fest 2021
Lima
2021
Winner, Extreme Scream Award, Scream Fest (Halloween Edition 2021)
The Author: Chapter Three
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Three
Copenhagen Web Fest
Copenhagen
2021
Semi-Finalist, Nominee, Best Cast (1-5 Minute Film Category)
The Author: Chapter Three
Couch Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2021
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Two
Bad Film Festival 2021
New York
2021
Quarter Finalist
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
National Film Festival - The Montazu Virtual Cinema
2021
Official Selection, Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Festival Internacional de Marbella
Marbella, Andalusia
2021
Semi-Finalist
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Festival del Cinema di Cefalù
Palermo
2021
Finalist, Best Screenplay Category
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Osaka International Film Festival (OIFF)
Osaka
2021
Finalist, Best Director Category
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Osaka International Film Festival (OIFF)
Osaka
2021
Official Selection, Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Osaka International Film Festival (OIFF)
Osaka
2021
Official Selection
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Accord Cine Fest 2021
Mumbai
2021
Official Selection, Short Films Category
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
4th Photometria in Motion Ioannina
Ioannina, Epirus
2021
Official Selection, Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Festival del Cinema di Cefalù
Palermo
2021
Official Selection, Competition (Horror Film Category)
No Flowers In The Afternoon
Spring Ding Film Festival 2021
Metaline Falls, Washington
2021
Semi-Finalist
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
Lisbon Film Rendezvous
Lisbon
2021
Official Selection, Short Documentary Competition
Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay (Spanish Subtitles)
7th Festival Mundial de Cine de Veracruz
Veracruz
2020
Official Selection, Short Documentary Competition
Music Before the Sun Sets at Paoay
7th Festival Mundial de Cine de Veracruz
Veracruz
2020
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Two
60 Second International Film Festival
Islamabad
2020
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Two
Varese International Film Festival
Varese
2020
Official Selection, Competition
The Author: Chapter Two
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2020
Semi-Finalist, Nominee, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy International Short Film
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto and Ontario
2020
Winner, Special Mention, Short Film Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Los Angeles
2020
Finalist, Shorts Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection, Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Cyber Shorts: A VR Film Festival
Nevada
2020
Winner, Best Screenplay
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Cyber Shorts: A VR Film Festival
Nevada
2020
Silver Tier, Short Film Category
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)
15 Second Horror Film Challenge
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection, Competition
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)
15 Second Horror Film Challenge
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection, Competition
Tata
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2020
Semi-Finalist
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival
Moscow
2020
Official Selection
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
Midwest Video Poetry Fest 2020
Madison, Wisconsin
2020
Silver Tier, Short Films Category
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
15 Second Horror Film Challenge
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection, Competition
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
15 Second Horror Film Challenge
Seattle, WA
2020
Official Selection, Competition
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)
Panama Horror Film Fest
Bellavista
2018
Semi-Finalist, Nominee, Best Director
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
2018
Official Selection, Competition, Cortometrajes
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Panama Horror Film Fest
Panama
2018
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
CineSeptiembre
Mazatan, Sinaloa
2018
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
Cefalu Film Festival
Palermo
2018
Curated Screening
Settlement
CineMet at Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Manila
2017
Official Selection, Curated
Settlement
QCinema International Film Festival
Quezon City
2016
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
SABC Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
Ekurhuleni
2016
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
TIF Video Challenge
2016
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
indieWISE Free Virtual Film Festival
Miami, Florida
2016
Official Selection
Settlement
Manila Spanish Film Festival
Manila
2016
Official Selection
Settlement
18th Antimatter Media Art
Victoria, British Columbia
2016
Official Selection
The Author: Chapter Two
Dumbo Film Festival 2020
New York
Nominee, Best Director, International Shorts
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)
ALTFF Fall 2018
Toronto
Nominee, Best International Short Film
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up (Spanish Subtitles)
Move Me Productoons Belgium Online Film Festival
Antwerp
Official Selection, Competition
No Flowers In The Afternoon
Cefalu Film Festival 2019
Palermo
Nominee, Best Cinematography
No Flowers In The Afternoon
ALTFF Summer 2019
Toronto
Semi-Finalist
No Flowers In The Afternoon
ALTFF Summer 2019
Toronto
Official Selection, Competition
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
FACINE 25 Annual Filipino International Cine Festival and Competition
San Francisco
Official Selection
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
Charlotte Asian Film Festival 2017
Charlotte
Nominee, Best Short Film
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
42nd Gawad URIAN (Philippine FIlm Critics)
Quezon City
Nominee, Best International Short Film
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Move Me Productions Belgium Online Film Festival
Antwerp
Film Market
Settlement
31st Marche Du Film Court De Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand
Film Market
Settlement
Asian Film Market , Busan International Film Festival
Busan
Finalist
Settlement
ALTFF Summer 2017
Toronto
Finalist
Settlement
FACINE 24 Annual Filipino International Cine Festival and Competition
San Francisco
College
West Visayas State University
BS Mass Communication, Major in Broadcasting
19911995
High School
SMCS - Ateneo de Iloilo
19891991
Birth City
Iloilo City, Philippines
Current City
Manila, Philippines
Gender
Male