Epicmedia
We tell Filipino stories with a global spirit.
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Who We Are

 

Our Company

We are Epicmedia, an award-winning production studio based in Manila. Our mission is to create movies that matter by collaborating with fearless filmmakers and discovering the next generation of storytellers.

By pooling some of the most capable, hard-working freelance talent in the Philippines, we've been able to produce a truly diverse body of work — from internationally-acclaimed films, to box office hits, to TV series, and branded content.

 

Our Team

 
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Bianca Balbuena

Bianca is the youngest recipient of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FIAPF Award for her contribution to Asia Pacific cinema and the 2018 Asian Film Commissions (AFC) Network’s Producer of the Year. She has attended the Produire Au Sud of Festival des 3 Continents, Rotterdam Producers Lab, Talent Campus Tokyo, Cannes’ La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, EAVE Ties That Bind, Aljazeera Witness Documentary Workshop and the Berlinale Talent Project Market where she won the ARTE Prize for her film, Above The Clouds, her first venture into French co-production. She is the producer of the indie-blockbuster and cult classic “That Thing Called Tadhana” which took the country by storm in 2014. In 2016, she has produced Lav Diaz’s Berlinale Silver Bear winning “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis”.

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Pepe Diokno

Pepe's debut feature film, “Engkwentro”, won the Lion of the Future - "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award and the Orizzonti Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. His second film, “Above the Clouds” received grants from France’s Aide aux cinemas du monde, South Korea’s Asian Cinema Fund and Switzerland’s Visions Sud Est. His third, “Kapatiran”, has also received international acclaim. Pepe’s branded short films, created with companies such as Jollibee, P&G, Unilever, Monde, and Globe, have been viewed by millions worldwide. 

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Bradley Liew

Malaysia born-Manila based, Bradley attended the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival where he won the Lumos Award for Outstanding Performance from celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. He is an alumnus of the NAFF Fantastic Film School, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Berlinale Talents,  EAVE Ties That Bind, Tokyo Talents and the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab. His debut feature, “Singing in Graveyards” premiered at the 2016 Venice International Film Critics’ Week and went to over 30 film festivals, winning best film in both Kolkata and Malaysia. He is currently working on his second feature film, “Motel Acacia”.

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Lilit Reyes

Lilit is a film and TV scriptwriter and a creative ideas and brand communications consultant. His screenplay, “Hubong ng Langit” won the highest literary honors for full-length screenplay in the Philippines’ equivalent to the Pulitzer, the Palanca Awards. He also produced the award-winning film, “Halaw”. Before entering film, Lilit was in the advertising industry. He served as Creative Group Head of Leo Burnett Singapore, Executive Creative Director of blackpencil manila, and Creative Director at Leo Burnett Manila.

 
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Patti Lapus

Patti graduate cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Audiovisual Communication. She has worked on numerous local and international film and TV productions since 2015. Her recent line production works include Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red's “Si Chedeng at si Apple” (Frameline & Udine Film Festival), Jay Abello's "Pinay Beauty", and Kerwin Go's "Mina-Anud". She also produced CNN Philippines' "Trippies" and "The Flip Trip", travel shows by Jessica Zafra and Pepe Diokno. She is currently producing the second season of “The Flip Trip”, and line-producing Dodo Dayao's untitled second feature film "Project: Midnight".

 
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Iana Bernardez

Iana entered the industry in 2017 as an associate producer before venturing into producing with Epicmedia. The 25-year old has since produced the critically acclaimed “Ma”, Kenneth Dagatan’s debut horror feature, and “Oda sa Wala”, Dwein Baltazar’s third feature, which won Best Film at the 2018 QCinema International Film Festival. Iana was also the lead actress in Dwein Baltazar’s second feature, “With All My Hypothalamus”, recently featured at the Busan International Film Festival. She is currently line producing Bradley Liew’s second feature, “Motel Acacia”. 

 
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April Batican

April has transitioned from advertising to film production and never looked back. She has spent the past two years building her experience, and learning the craft – starting with apprenticeships and working her way up to line producing both local and international co-productions. The 26-year old now has her eyes set on producing and hopes to develop thought provoking films that tell meaningful stories. She is currently line producing Kerwin Go’s debut feature film “Mina-Anud”, and Bradley Liew’s sophomore feature “Motel Acacia”.

 
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Rica Salvador

Rica, an enthusiast for the avid art of film making and producing, is the youngest Epicmedia Producing trainee at 22 years of age. She started as a Production Associate of the award winning “SWAP” (San Sebastian IFF) by Remton Zuasola. With no time to pause, she moved to Singapore to work on Warner Bros’ “The Bachelorette”, and Fox’s “Asia’s Next Top Model 5”. She moved back to the Philippines and ventured her way as an Associate Producer for Kenneth Dagatan’s debut feature “Ma” and Dwein Baltazar’s third feature “Oda sa Wala”. She’s currently working on Dodo Dayao’s "Project: Midnight" and Bradley Liew’s “Motel Acacia”.

Collaborators

 
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Benjamin Padero & Carlo Tabije

Benjamin Padero and Carlo Tabije are Filipino Production Designers with over 18 years of experience in feature films, tv commercials and tv series. They are known internationally for their work on Brilliante Mendoza’s “Serbis” (Cannes Main Competition) and “Captive” (Berlinale Main Competition). They were also nominated for Best Production Design at the 2016 Asian Film Awards in Macao. Their notable collaborations with Epicmedia include Pepe Diokno’s “Above The Clouds” and “Kapatiran” as well as Bradley Liew’s “Singing In Graveyards”.

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Larry Manda

Larry Manda is one of the most decorated and celebrated Filipino cinematographers with over 35 years of industry experience. He is known internationally for his work on Lav Diaz’s “North The End of History” (Festival de Cannes, Uncertain Regard 2014), “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery” (Berlinale Silver Bear Winner 2016) and “Season Of The Devil” (Berlinale Main Competition 2018); as well as Bradley Liew’s “Singing In Graveyards” (Venice Critics Week 2016).

 

What we do

Creative Production

As an artist-led company, we are trusted by filmmakers to be their creative partners. We protect and respect our directors' visions, as we guide their work from development to financing to production to distribution. 

Line Production

For productions looking to shoot in the Philippines, we serve every need, from locations to casting to grind to post. Our strength is our people. We put together the most capable, hard-working teams to meet even the most challenging expectations.

Branded Content

We develop, pitch, and produce branded content, bringing together independent creatives and the Philippines' top companies. Our strength is in storytelling, using narratives to tell branded stories with universal appeal.