Janus Victoria

Janus Victoria

Philippines

I've found that filmmaking is the only way for me to articulate myself.

Janus Victoria (1982, Manila, Philippines) became interested in film after a trip to a video shop in Manila’s Chinatown area during her last year at university. It was there that she discovered Asian films and became exposed to a film language and sensibility that resonated with her. After many return trips, she was inspired to make her first short film, based on the people she saw in the district. Titled HOPIA EXPRESS, the film received the Best Short Film Award at the 2006 Cinemanila International Film Festival. The film also marked the first of a series of short film tributes to urban Manila. A member of Docnet Southeast Asia, Victoria also works as a director for the longest running television documentary programme in the Philippines. In 2011, she produced the independent feature hybrid documentary film FOREVER LOVED, a recipient of the cinema grant from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. The following year, she wrote and produced the TV documentary FLOATING SCHOOL, which was a finalist in the Welfare Category of the NHK Japan Prize. She has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Docnet Campus and Talent Campus Tokyo.