FIRST YEAR – LOS ANGELES
Carlo Canlas Mendoza, a multi-awarded Filipino cinematographer completed his MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute in 2018 wherein he was the recipient of the Rachel Morrison scholarship. Before coming to AFI, Carlo, an alumnus of the 2007 Asian Film Academy and 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus, has photographed more than a dozen feature films that have been exhibited in festivals in Venice, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Busan, Estonia, Vladivostok and Karlovy Vary.
Carlo’s AFI thesis, THE CHEF, won silver at the 2019 Student Academy Awards. In 2019, Carlo participated in Project Involve, Film Independent’s signature diversity and mentorship program, wherein he was chosen by Panavision for its feature film grant. He is currently Dave Perkal, ASC’s mentee for the American Society of Cinematographers’ ASC Vision Mentorship program.
His love for storytelling, endless quest for excellence and desire to reach and inspire a wider audience brought him to Los Angeles.