Auraeus Solito

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Auraeus Solito is an internationally acclaimed Filmmaker & a Palanca award-winning Playwright. He is one of the pioneers of Independent Cinema in the Philippines. His feature films have been shown in major film festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Montreal and Berlin. He was included in Phaidon Press’ book “Take 100” which featured 100 New Directors who are the Future of Film.

His first film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” ushered in the third Golden Age of Philippine Cinema and inspired a new generation of independent filmmaking.  The breakthrough film won 15 international awards including 3 awards at the Berlinale and was the first Philippine film nominated for Best Foreign film at the Independent Spirit Awards in Hollywood. It was also the first Filipino film at Robert Redford’s SUNDANCE Film Festival.

His dream film ‘Busong (Palawan Fate)’, the first part of the Palawan Trilogy, was at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. A filmmaker of all genres, he has also worked on documentaries, short films and a music video- “Ang Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads which won the Moon Man Trophy for the International Viewer’s Choice Award for Asia at the MTV Video Music Awards.

He graduated with a Theater Arts degree from the University of the Philippines. His full length play “Mga Buhay na Apoy” won First Prize at the Palanca Awards for Literature in 2015 and he directed it for Tanghalang Filipino in CCP to critical acclaim and won Outsanding Original Script at the Gawad Buhay in 2016.

He was born in Sampaloc, Manila and comes from a lineage of Shaman-Chieftainss from the indigenous Palawán of South Palawan. He is also known as Kanakan-Balintagos , his tribal name, which was dreamt by his shaman-uncle which means “Hunter of Truth”.




Esprit de Corps (2014)

Baybayin (2012)

Indigenous Pelikula (2011)

60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011)

Palawan Fate (2011)

Busong (2011)

Boy (2009)

Pisay (2007)

Tuli (2005)

Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Basal Banar (2002)

Impeng Negro (1998)

Ang Maikling Buhay ng Apoy, Act 2 Scene 2: Suring at ang Kuk-ok (1995)



Basal Banar (2002)



Ang Huling El Bimbo 

The Last El Bimbo Dance, (1996)



One of the Outstanding Manilans, , Awarded by the City of Manila, Mga Buhay na Apoy, Theater, Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP (2015)

Outstanding Original Script (Winner), Outstanding Stage Direction ( Nominee) Gawad BUHAY, PhilStage (2015)

Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature First Prize, Full­length Play, Best Actress for Miss Irma Adlawan, Esprit de Corps, Full Length Fiction Film, Cinema One Originals (2014)

Best Director, Cinema One Originals Festival, Best Actor ( for Sandino Martin), Best Production Design ( for Hai Balbuena), with Six Nominations ( Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, , Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Music). Baybayin, The Palawan Script, Full Length Fiction Film, Cinema One Originals (2012)

Ani ng Dangal Award, NCCA (National Commission on Culture & the Arts), Philippines (2013)

Indie Bravo! Award, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Best International Indigenous Language Film, Imagine Native Toronto, Canada, 10nth Gawad URIAN Nominations ( Most prestigious awards in the Philippines)- Best Picture, Best Director,  Two Best Actresses, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Music, Best Production Design & Best Sound. Winner- Best Original Music for Diwa de Leon, Busong, Palawan Fate, Full Length Fiction Film, Directors’ Showcase Cinemalaya (2013)

International Indigenous Award- Wairoa Maori Film Festival, New Zealand (2012) 

Artistic Achievement Award & Terroir of Cinema Award- Sta Rosa International Film Festival, California, USA (2011)

Official Selection, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Emile Cantellion ‘Cinema of Tomorrow’ Award-, Brussels Independent Film Festival, Belgium, FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award-, Eurasia Film Festival. Almaty, Kazakhstan, Best Director, Cinemalaya Film Festival, Philippines, Best Original Score and Best Sound (for Diwa de Leon), Pisay (Philippine Science), Full Length Fiction Film for Cinemalaya (2008)

Golden Screen Awards, Philippines- 8 awards including Best Picture and Best Director; Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Eugene Domingo, Best Musical score, Best Production Design, Best Song for a Movie and Best Editing. Vesoul Festival of Asian Cinema, France- Special Jury Prize and Audience Prize (2007)

CineManila International Film festival, Philippines-, Best Digital Feature Film and Best Director, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), First Full Length Fiction Film for the First Cinemalaya, (2007)

Independent Spirit Awards, USA- nominated for Best Foreign Film, Philippine entry for the Oscar Awards – for Best Foreig Language Film (2006)

CineMalaya Independent Film Festival, Philippines- 3 awards:, Best Director, Best Production Design and Audience Prize, Tuli, Full Length Fiction Film for Viva Films, 2005, Outfest, Los Angeles, USA- Best International Feature Film, Berlin International Film festival, Germany- NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asain Cinema) Jury Prize (2005)

Berlin International film festival- 3 awards: Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, International Jury Prize (Kinder Fest) , Special Mention, Children’s Jury (Kinder Fest), SUNDANCE Film Festival , Park city, Utah, USA-nominated for Best International Feature ( 1st Filipino film in the festival), Las Palmas International Film Festival, Canary Islands, Spain- 3 awards:, Best Film, Best Actor for Nathan Lopez as Maximo, Audience Prize, Rotterdam Film Festival, the Netherlands- NETPAC jury prize for Best Asian Film, Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy- Best Feature Film, GLBT Glitter Awards, USA- Best International Festival feature, URIAN Critic’s Awards, Philippines-  4 awards including Best Picture, Philippine Star Awards- 3 awards; Best Digital Film, Best Director and Best New Actor (2005)

Montreal World Film Festival, Canada- Golden Zenith Award for Best First Fiction Feature Film, Asian Festival of First Films, Singapore- Best Film Imagine Native Film Festival, Toronto, Canada- Best Feature Film 1st CineMalaya Independent Film Festival, Philippines-, 3 awards: Special Jury Prize, Best Production Design, Special Mention for Best Actor for Nathan Lopez, Basal Banar ( Sacred Ritual of Truth) (2005)

Montreal First People’s Film Festival- Best Feature documentary, Ekseprimento Film Festival, Philippines- Best Feature Film (2003)

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival- Main Competition Impeng Negro  (Black Nuisance), short film, 1999, 1998 Gawad CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards) for Alternative Film-Best Short Feature, 1999 screened at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, “Empire and Memory” exhibition (curated by Angel Shaw), Ang Huling El Bimbo (The Last El Bimbo Dance), music video of the Eraserheads’ Hit Song, 1995, 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, New York, USA-Asian Viewers’ Choice Award (1996)

Gawad CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards) for Alternative Film-Best Experimental Short Film (1996)

Ang Maikling Buhay ng Apoy, Act 2 Scene 2: Suring at ang Kuk-ok

The Brief Lifespan of Fire, Act 2 Scene 2: Suring and the Kuk-ok, Short Film, (1994)

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