Jordan dela Cruz is a regional filmmaker from the province of Camarines Sur in the Philippines. He is an alumnus / fellow of the Asia Pacific Film Institute, the Doha Film Institute, and the Tribeca Film Institute Talent Lab. A single child, Jordan was separated for decades from his parents by the Filipino Migrant Worker phenomenon. In 2014, after graduating from the Asia Pacific Film Institute (where his thesis film BARDO won the distinction for Best Cinematography) he went to the Middle East to reconnect with his family and to secure funding for his personal projects. He worked as a video producer for Qatar Living, the largest online presence in Qatar.
In 2016, he directed the short experimental film THE DREAM THAT NIDA CHUA DREAMED ON THE MORNING OF MAY 25, 1985 as a response to the overwhelming victory of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippine presidential elections. The film was screened in the Short Film Corner of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and was featured in a dozen other international film festivals and art exhibitions. In 2018, motivated by the resurgence of the country’s most sociopathic and predatory political dynasties Jordan quit his job in Qatar and moved back to the Philippines to focus on the development of his first feature film THE PERILOUS ODYSSEY TO MOUNT GULSUK.
Recently, he won best pitch at The Tribeca Film Institute / LPFF Talent Lab, studied screenwriting unde Dr. Doy del Mundo (scriptwriter of Manila in the Claws of Light & Batch 81) and was invited to participate in CineMart at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and TFI Network at the Tribeca Film Festival. THE PERILOUS ODYSSEY TO MOUNT GULSUK is Jordan’s first feature film.
TFI Network | 2019