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Emil James Mijares

Emil MijaresEmil MijaresEJ knew he would be a visual story teller from the moment he grabbed his first pencil and paper at 11 months old. From then on he never stopped creating images through drawing, painting, producing animations and now filmmaking.

He graduated from the UP Film Institute and has become an award winning documentary filmmaker. He has been jailed, beaten by police truncheons, trashed with water canons, choked by teargas and has slept in the slums; all in the name of chasing stories while working on various films.

Because of his involvement in people's struggles, EJ has developed a passion for and has specialized in directing advocacy documentary films which tackle issues of peasants, mining, environmental concerns, indigenous people, education and human rights.



Film list:

  • Buplas, 2011
  • Melissa Ricks on Cosmo Skin, 2011, TV Commercial
  • Toni Gonzaga, Ford Fiesta, 2011, Music video
  • Entablo, 2011, Documentary
  • Steel Asia AVP, 2010
  • Lakbay Pag-asa, 2010, Documentary
  • Apologies, 2009
  • Lason, 2008, Documentary
  • City for Sale, 2008, Documentary
  • Model Industry Clusters, 2007
  • Kabataan Partylist, 2007, TV commercial
  • Proletaryo, 2007, Documentary
  • Tubig: Tubo o Buhay?, 2006, Documentary
  • Pasahol na Dam, Documentary, 2006
  • Nilista sa Tubig, 2006, Documentary


  • Screening in Cinemalaya 2011 (Entablo)
  • Grand Prize “Make Talk Work” at International Video Competition 2009, New York USA (Apologies)
  • Best Documentary at 18th Gawad CCP Alternatibong Pelikula (Mula 3rd Avenue Hanggang sa Dulo)
  • Nominated for Best Director at 18th Gawad CCP Alternatibong Pelikula 2006 (Aklasan)
  • Best Animation at Inyorai film festival 2004 (Makina ng Manggagawa)
Emil James Mijares
Phone: +63 2932-4015