Paolo Dy is a Filipino feature film and television commercial director with over two hundred commercials in the Asia-Pacific region, including spots for Air Asia, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, SC Johnson, Kraft Foods, Aji-no-moto, Monde Nissin, Wyeth, Sun Cellular, San Miguel, Asia Brewery, Pizza Hut and Kenny Rogers Roasters, among many others.
His work has aired in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Australia, and the United States, and he directed the first stereoscopic 3D commercial to air in the Philippines. His directorial work for Ayala Corporation has won several Anvil Awards, Gold Quill Awards of Excellence and finalist citations at the New York Festivals.
Paolo’s debut feature film ‘Ignacio de Loyola’, a historical epic about the founder of the Jesuit Order, was shot primarily in Spain, and was the first Filipino film to be screened at the Vatican. It was released theatrically in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Spain, Poland, Australia and Hungary, and has been distributed on DVD in the US and Europe. The film won Best Picture at the Mirabile Dictu International Film Festival in Rome, the Gran Premio del Publico award at the Festival Internacional de Cine con Valores in Guadalajara, Mexico, and also Best Actor citations at the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York and the Madrimana Film Festival in Madrid, Spain. ‘Ignacio’ won four out of its eight nominations for the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Luna Awards in 2017.
Paolo’s first short film ‘Miko’ won First Place in the 2003 Bogen Imaging Short Film Competition in New York, while his second short film ‘QWERTY’ was a finalist in Spike Lee's Babelgum Online Film Festival, and it also screened at the 2008 Asian Hot Shots Festival in Berlin. Both films have been screened at the Cinemanila International Film Festival.
In 2010, his third short ‘Creative License’ won Best Film in the U.S. National 24-Hour Filmracing Competition, and also the Ani ng Dangal Award from the National Council for Culture and the Arts. Paolo was also a delegate to the 2006 Berlinale Talent Campus program of the Berlin International Film Festival.
Paolo’s lifelong passion is to find opportunities to push the envelope in both corporate/advertising and narrative filmmaking, and he relishes every chance to collaborate with the best creative minds from all over the world.
IGNACIO DE LOYOLA - FEATURE FILM (2016)
BEST FEATURE FILM
Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival - Rome
GRAN PREMIO DEL PUBLICO
Festival Internacional de Cine con Valores - Mexico
WINNER: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN,
BEST MUSICAL SCORE, BEST SOUND
NOMINEE: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTION,
BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST EDITING
Luna Awards, Film Academy of the Philippines
International Film Festival Manhattan - New York City
Madrimana International Film Festival - Madrid
2011 ANI NG DANGAL AWARD, FILM
NCCA / Office of the President of the Philippines
FIRST PLACE, BEST FILM
2010 U.S. NATIONAL FILM RACING COMPETITION
BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS 2006
56th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Berlin, Germany (February 2006)
FIRST PLACE WINNER
MTV Asia's THE PITCH Screenwriting Competition, Singapore (2003)
"The Oracle" – feature screenplay
2005 GOLD QUILL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
“Ayala Corporation: Someday, Today”
2004 GOLD QUILL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
“Ayala Corporation: What Makes A Company Great?”
2005 NEW YORK FESTIVALS
Industrial Films Category
"Ayala Corporation: Someday, Today”
2004 NEW YORK FESTIVALS
Industrial Films Category
"Ayala Corporation: What Makes A Company Great?"