Filmmakers A–M

Janus Victoria

January VictoriaJanuary VictoriaJanus Victoria is an independent filmmaker and broadcast journalist. She is one of the directors for I-Witness, one of the longest running documentary programs in the Philippines. She started as a magazine journalist in 2004 and moved to television in 2010 first as a producer to the former local investigative news magazine program, Under Special Investigation. She covers stories about Filipino culture, national crisis management and natural disasters. As writer and producer, her most notable works include Spratly, a survey of all the Philippine territory claims in the Spratly Group of Islands and Floating School, a documentary on the hard-up elementary school in the middle of the Agusan Marsh in Mindanao; the latter became a finalist at the 2012 NHK Japan Prize under the Welfare Category.

As an independent filmmaker, she has written and directed three short films. She completed her first short film Hopia Express in 2006 which received the Best Short Film Award in Cinemanila. The film is the first in her trilogy of shorts about people looking to find their places in the great Manila metropolis. Her short films have been screened in festivals in Busan, France and Germany. She has also collaborated with other Filipino independent filmmakers and co-produced the hybrid feature-documentary film Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) in 2011 which received the cinema grant from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.

Janus is an alumna of the 2005 Asian Film Academy and a talent of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus. She received the 2013 Tokyo Talent Campus Award for development for her feature film project Kodokushi—Escape to Summer.

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Film list:

  • Spratly (2011, Documentary)
  • The King of Cement (2011, Documentary)
  • Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) (2011, Documentary), Executive Producer
Janus Victoria