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Khavn De La Cruz



Khavn De La Cruz is a very outspoken, experimental film maker with an unstoppable desire to explore and cross boundaries. He has made twenty-three features and more than seventy short films, most of which have received prizes, given retrospectives, and presented in international film festivals. He has served as a jury member in the Clermont-Ferrand (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Jeonju (Korea), Jihlava (Czech Republic), & Berlinale (Germany) film festivals. He is the president of the independent film company Filmless Films and the festival director of .MOV, the first digital film festival in the Philippines.
Besides of being film maker, Khavn also writes poetry and fiction and composes music. His books of poetry and fiction are published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing and the University of the Philippines Press, among them is Ultraviolins, the first postmodern book of stories in Filipino. Khavn is an acclaimed composer, songwriter, singer & pianist who has performed all over the world and has made several albums, including soundtracks for internationally-renowned films. He has written & composed several rock operas staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Tanghalang Ateneo. He is the bandleader of The Brockas and has also been part of the jury of the Awit Awards.
Khavn owned and managed Oracafe, a cultural hub for Philippine writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other artists in the late 90s.


Amen: A Brown Comedy (15´, Philippines, 2002)
Mondomanila (15´, Philippines, 2004)
Headless (Pugot) (70´, Philippines, 2004)
Nakalimutan ko na/ I´ve Forgotten (Philippines, 2005)
Can and Slippers (5´, Philippines, 2005)
Ang pamilyang kumakain ng lupa/ The Family That Eats Soil (75´, Philippines, 2005)
Toxic Mango (5´, Philippines, 2006)
Rugby Boyz (8´, Philippines, 2006)
Paalam aking bulalakaw/ Goodbye My Shooting Star (85´, Philippines, 2006)
Our Daily Bread (3´, Philippines, 2006)
By the Suez Canal (2´, Philippines, 2007)
Iskwaterpangk/ Squatterpunk (79´, Philippines, 2007)
Nothing Funnier Than Unhappiness (5´, Philippines, 2007)
3 Days of Darkness (Philippines, 2007)
Namamasko po/ Christmas Alms (5´, Philippines, 2008)
Literature (7´, Philippines, 2008)
Kulob 34 (41´, Philippines, 2008)
Ang dagat na nalulunod/ The Drowning Sea (6´, Philippines, 2008)
Philippine Bliss (80´, Philippines, 2008)
The Muzzled Horse of an Engineer in Search of Mechanical Saddles (80´, Philippines, 2008)
Ultimo: Distintas maneras a matar un heroe nacional (6´, Philippines, 2008)
Maynila sa mga pangil ng dilim/ Manila in the Fangs of Darkness (72´,Philippines, 2008)
Day tingnga ti misteryo ti Kristo Negro/ The Middle Mystery of Kristo Negro (70´, Philippines, 2009)
Pamilya Kariton/ The Pushcart Family (4´, Philippines, 2009)
Blackworms (5´, Philippines, 2009)
Cameroon Love Letter (For Solo Piano) (70´, Philippines/ Cameroon, 2010)
Son of God (80', Phillipines, 2010)
The Trials of Mister Serapio (Phillipines, 2010)
Mondomanila, or: How I Fixed My Hair After a Rather Long Journey (75', Philipines, 2010)
The One and Only Concert of the Amazing Combo of Kommander Kulas and His Poor Carabao in the Long and Unwinding Road of Kamyas (Philipines, 2011)
Breather (Philippines, 2011)
Kalakala (71', Philipines, 2012)
Ruined Heart! Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore (15', Philipines, 2012)
Solar Syokoy (4', Philipines, 2012)
EDSA XXX: Nothing Ever Changes in the Ever-Changing Republic of Ek-Ek-Ek (Philipines, 2012)
Misericordia: The Last Mystery of Kristo Vampiro (70', Philipines, 2013)

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Bahag Kings

Bahag Kings (Orig.) / 2006 / Filippinerne / 74 min

Seven men in multi-coloured cloths wrapped between the legs and worn as a symbol of ethnicity pretend to be the descendents of majestic native rulers and village idiots and attired as such experience a series of bizarre incidents in the big city.



Can and Slippers

Can and Slippers (Orig.) / 2005 / Filippinerne / 2 min

Can & Slippers serves as a two-minute example of the art of football while running through the narrow streets of the poor neighbourhood to the dump that surrounds it.



Kamias: Memory of Forgetting

Alaala Ng Paglimot (Orig.) / 2006 / Filippinerne / 70 min

The quick shots present life in a home in the suburbs and simultaneously come together in a kind of hallucinated reality to compose a portrait of the artist.


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Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread (Orig.) / 2006 / Filippinerne / 5 min

The film Our Daily Bread takes place in the slums and captures a day in the life of one family that makes a living collecting garbage in the streets. Poverty is the highest degree of futility, the consummate absence of freedom.


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Rugby Boyz

Rugby Boyz (Orig.) / 2006 / Filippinerne / 7 min

The winning film at the Oberhausen short film festival, Rugby Boyz presents a disturbing and compressed portrait of life in a poor neighbourhood in a Philippine town, where among the shacks the only source of entertainment for children is karaoke, rugby, and sniffing paint thinner.


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Iskwaterpangk (Orig.) / 2007 / Filippinerne / 79 min

Squatterpunk shows something of life in the slums in a quite special way. It shows how poor, forgotten and ignored children can have a good time.



Son of God

Son of God (Orig.) / 2010 / Danmark, Filippinerne / 30 min

En film om en dværg, der tilbedes som Guds søn af sine dybt religiøse tilhængere på Filippinerne.



15 documentary festival hits in the second edition of KineDok

15 documentary festival hits in the second edition of KineDok

Last year saw the launch and pilot edition of KineDok, a unique international project presenting the screenings of creative documentary films enhanced by the debates with the authors of the films and various experts and by other interesting accompanying events. In 2016, this project, organized by the Institute of Documentary Film, offers 15 more European documentaries and brings site specific screenings also to the new audiences in Poland and Norway. Within the Czech Republic, the fans of creative documentaries have a chance to visit more than 150 screenings at at least 25 diverse places and explore current Czech and European documentary production.

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- 9.5.2016 -

A world in a box - Interview with Słavomir Batyra

A world in a box - Interview with Słavomir Batyra

Read an exclusive interview with Polish filmmaker Słavomir Batyra, director of THE GREAT THEATRE. He will guide you through the recesses of his short film just like his film guides the viewers through the recesses of the largest opera house in the world. Would you like some opera tickets or rather cinema ones? What about taking both?

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- 20.4.2016 -

International My Street Films project launches its third edition

International My Street Films project launches its third edition

The My Street Films competition, which invites the public to make their own short films from their surroundings, launches its third edition in the streets of Central Europe. The project originally comes from London where it mapped the city on the Thames through film stories about the streets and their inhabitants. In collaboration with DAFilms.com, the film map has expanded to the Czech Republic and from there to Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

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- 13.4.2016 -

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