Bio

Khavn De La Cruz is a multi-awarded and internationally renowned filmmaker, composer, and writer. He has thirty-three features and more than a hundred short films under his belt, including Mondomanila (Rotterdam 2012), The Muzzled Horse Of An Engineer In Search Of Mechanical Saddles (Berlinale 2008), Manila In The Fangs Of Darkness (Viennale 2008), and Squatterpunk (Rotterdam 2007). Once the proprietor of the late 90s go-to place for local artists Oracafe, Khavn has been called the father of Philippine digital filmmaking. He has served as jury member at the Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand , CPH:DOX, Jeonju, Jihlava, & Dok Leipzig film festivals and is the festival director of .MOV International Film, Music, & Literature Festival, the first digital film festival in the Philippines. Khavn has also judged in the Palanca National Literary Awards (the Philippine equivalent of the Pulitzer) and has won for himself in poetry and fiction. He has been selected thrice in the National Writers Workshop and was invited to a writing residency in Ventspils International Writers House, Latvia. Khavn has received the Dean’s Award for Literature from his alma mater, the Ateneo De Manila University, where he also has lectured about the creative process. Five of his books have been published, which includes an anthology of Philippine poetry, two poetry collections, a non-fiction compendium on new Philippine cinema, and Ultraviolins, hailed as the first postmodern book of stories in Filipino. Khavn is also an award-winning songwriter and has performed his original compositions, either as a solo pianist or with one of his three bands Fando & Lis, The Brockas, and Vigo in places such as Thessaloniki, Austin, and Brisbane. He is the president of Kamias Road, an independent film, music, and publishing company.

Jury

Berlinale | Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France)
Jeonju International Film Festival (Korea)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
CPH:DOX | Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark)
Dok Leipzig | International Documentary & Short Film Festival (Germany)
Bilbao International Film Festival (Spain) [upcoming]

Retrospectives

Pesaro International Film Festival (Italy)
Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands)
Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival (Germany)
Austin Asian Film Festival (Texas, USA)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
CPH:DOX | Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark)
Festivalito | La Palma International Digital Film Festival (Spain)
Asian Film Archive (Singapore)
Morbegno Film Festival (Italy)
Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil)
2Annas | Riga International Short Film Festival (Latvia)
Dokufest | Prizren International Documentary and Short Film Festival (Kosovo)