Ellen Ramos

Ellen’s career spans a multitude of short film productions as director, animator, production designer, sound recordist, and editor.  She is one of the founding members of Pinoy Animagination.

Teaming up with her co-director Paolo Villaluna, their debut film Ilusyon (2005) is the first digital film to be Rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board in 2005.  Their second film Selda (2008) competed at the Montreal World Film Festival. Their third film Walang Hanggang Paalam (2009) won the Best Film at the SoHo International Film Festival in New York, and Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2010 Gawad Tanglaw Awards.

Presently, Ellen is with Blacksoup, a film collective working on documentaries, audio-visual productions, and multi-media projects.

Ganap na Babae (2015)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A prostitute, two sisters, and a widow come together to tell their stories about womanhood.

Cast
Boots Anson-Roa
Mercedes Cabral
Sue Prado
Rome Mallari
Jam Perez

Role
Director

Production House
Hubo Productions

Awards
2011 SoHo International Film Festival Mient’s Pick – Excellence in Cinematography

Walang Hanggang Paalam (2008)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
16 year-old Maria runs away with her boyfriend Ryan to Baguio. When they get there, Maria is eager to take in the sights, while Ryan seems intent on finally going all the way with her. Frustrated with her boyfriend not listening to her, Maria ventures out on her own, and she befriends Yoshi, an older Japanese man dying of cancer, who has come to the Philippines looking for a lost love. The two develop a strange relationship with each other, finding comfort in each other’s pain. Meanwhile, Maria’s father has hired Patrick, a private detective with issues of his own to find his missing daughter. As these characters collide, secrets are revealed, and each of them is made to face their demons.

Cast
Lovi Poe
Joem Bascon
Jackie Woo
Jake Roxas

Role
Writer | Director

Awards
2010 SoHo International Film Festival Best World Showcase

Selda (2007)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Set in two contrasting enivronments that undeline the same premise of imprisonment, Selda tells the story of Rommel, a young man who accidentally kills a boy, resulting in his incarceration. Inside the jail, he befriends another inmate, Esteban, who becomes his rock and protector. Seven years later, Rommel is living in the province as a farmer together with Sita his wife. Esteban tracks down Rommel in hopes of renewing a brewing love affair. Rommel and Sita welcome Esteban into their lives, until their intimacy crosses borderlines and results in the undeniable scourge of self-discovery.

Cast
Sid Lucero
Emilio Garcia
Ara Mina

Role
Writer | Director

Awards
2008 Gawad Urian Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor
2008 Star Awards for Movies Digital Movie Production Designer of the Year, Movie Supporting Actor of the Year, Digital Movie Original Theme Song of the Year
2008 Thessaloniki Film Festival Best Actor

Ilusyon (2004)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Set in Philippine post-American colonialist era, where the American influence was still apparent, Ilusyon tells the story of Miguel, a young man from the countryside, who decides to visit his father, Pablo, a Modernist painter in Manila. Upon his arrival, he discovers that his father has decided to leave for the province but he opted to stay in Manila for a vacation. One day, he meets Stella, a nude model originally scheduled to pose for Miguel’s father. Struck by her beauty, Miguel does the unthinkable – he pretends to be his father the painter. Developing a relationship based on a lie, things turn for the worse as Stella begets a strange skin disease that turns off Miguel. Surrounded by strange characters – a talking cow, a talkative mailman and a nosy landlady – Miguel is driven into a frenzy realization about beauty, lust, love and being true to oneself.

Cast
Yul Servo
JC Parker
Boots Anson-Roa
Ronnie Lazaro

Role
Director | Editor

Awards
Golden Screen Awards Best Cinematography, Breakthrough Performance by an Actress

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