Elvert Bañares is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist based in both Manila and Iloilo cities in the Philippines who usually shoots his films independently. His film "Banal" (Holy) is the first short film, produced and shot in Western Visayas region of the Philippines, to win the Regional Entry Gawad CCP 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 ABC 5, NET 25 and IBC 13 television networks.
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 an URIAN Awards nominee himself (given by the Philippines' top film critics), 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 25 film festivals combined including countries like Panama, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Cyprus, South Africa, USA, Canada, Indonesia, France, Italy, Pakistan and the Philippines.
  • Director (12 Credits)
    Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind2020
    Short
    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 Up2017
    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 (10 Credits)
    Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind2020
    Short
    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 Up2017
    Short
    The Author2017
    Short
    One2015
    Music Video
    Settlement2015
    Short
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    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 (4 Credits)
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    The Author2017
    Short
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Acting (4 Credits)
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    Dinner at Midnight2019
    Short
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
    The Author2017
    Short
  • Cinematographer (2 Credits)
    The Author: Chapter Two 2020
    Short
    The Author2017
    Short
  • Camera (1 Credit)
    Come Play With Me2016
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Cinematography (1 Credit)
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
  • Sound Design (1 Credit)
    No Flowers In The Afternoon2018
    Feature, Short
Official Selection, Competition
The Author: Chapter Two
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2020
Official Selection, Competition
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Cyber Shorts: A VR Film Festival
Nevada
2020
Best Screenplay
Dreams Aren't Made by the Wind
Cyber Shorts: A VR Film Festival
Nevada
2020
Official Selection, Competition
Tata
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2020
Official Selection, Competition, Cortometrajes
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Panama Horror Film Fest
Panama
2018
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
Cefalu Film Festival
Palermo
2018
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
CineSeptiembre
Mazatan, Sinaloa
2018
Official Selection, Competition
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Panama Horror Film Fest
Bellavista
2018
Semi-Finalist, Nominee, Best Director
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
2018
Curated Screening
Settlement
CineMet at Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Manila
2017
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
indieWISE Free Virtual Film Festival
Miami, Florida
2016
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
TIF Video Challenge
2016
Official Selection, Competition
Settlement
SABC Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
Ekurhuleni
2016
Official Selection
Settlement
Manila Spanish Film Festival
Manila
2016
Official Selection
Settlement
18th Antimatter Media Art
Victoria, British Columbia
2016
Official Selection, Curated
Settlement
QCinema International Film Festival
Quezon City
2016
Film Market
Settlement
31st Marche Du Film Court De Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand
Film Market
Settlement
Asian Film Market , Busan International Film Festival
Busan
Nominee, Best International Short Film
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Move Me Productions Belgium Online Film Festival
Antwerp
Nominee, Best Short Film
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
42nd Gawad URIAN
Quezon City
Official Selection
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
Charlotte Asian Film Festival 2017
Charlotte
Official Selection, Competition
Listen to the Poems I WIll Whisper
FACINE 25 Annual Filipino International Cine Festival and Competition
San Francisco
Finalist
Settlement
ALTFF Summer 2017
Toronto
Nominee, Best Director, International Shorts
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
ALTFF Fall 2018
Toronto
Semi-Finalist
No Flowers In The Afternoon
ALTFF Summer 2019
Toronto
Nominee, Best Cinematography
No Flowers In The Afternoon
ALTFF Summer 2019
Toronto
Official Selection, Competition
No Flowers In The Afternoon
Cefalu Film Festival 2019
Palermo
Finalist
Settlement
FACINE 24 Annual Filipino International Cine Festival and Competition
San Francisco
Nominee, Best International Short Film
If You Feel Sleepy, Never Wake Up
Move Me Productoons Belgium Online Film Festival
Antwerp
College
West Visayas State University
BS Mass Communication, Major in Broadcasting
19911995
High School
SMCS - Ateneo de Iloilo
19891991
Birth Date
May 25
Birth City
Iloilo City, Philippines
Current City
Manila, Philippines
Hometown
Iloilo City, Philippines
Gender
Male
Zodiac Sign
Gemini