Joselito Altarejos

Joselito Altarejos

  • Name: Joselito Altarejos
  • Native name: Joselito Altarejos
  • Also Known as: Jay Altarejos, Jay Altajeros
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Gender: Male
Joselito Altarejos is an accomplished Filipino filmmaker having won several prestigious awards in the Philippines as well as internationally. He is well known for his ground-breaking openly gay-themed film features like The Man in the Lighthouse, Antonio's Secret, Kambyo, The Game of Juan's Life, Pink Halo-Halo, Unfriend, and The Commitment. His 2017 film Tale of the Lost Boys was filmed in Taiwan. His films were celebrated at international LGBT film festivals. Altarejos has also worked for Filipino television doing series and anthologies including the long-running TV series Legacy on the GMA Network. In most of his television work, he is credited as Jay Altarejos and Jay Altajeros.

The Game of Juan’s Life won Honorable Mention-Narrative Category at the 2010 Chicago Reeling in the USA; while Antonio’s Secret was proclaimed Best Feature Film at Festival de la Luna 2010 in Valencia, Spain and Festival del Mar in Ibiza, Spain.

Pink Halo-Halo was a finalist in Cinemalaya 2010 Directors Showcase category and won Best Editing and Jury Prize Film for Children. It is about the effects of war on Filipino children and families. It is the first-ever feature film that used Bicolano language in the entire film. The film is in Tigaonon, the language of the people of Ticao Island in Masbate.

Unfriend premiered at the Panorama Section of the 2014 Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and got international and local media attention for highlighting the "dangerous power of social media". Unfriend has been featured by major news organizations like Reuters, Huffington Post, ABS CBN, and Philippine Daily Inquirer. It was released internationally by Fortissimo Films.

In 2014 his film The Commitment has been raved by critics. It won Best Feature Film, Best Music and Best Cinematography at the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is the leading film festival in the Philippines. Kasal is a slice of life drama of a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is challenged as they attend a wedding ceremony. It is also an examination of how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Filipino society.

In 2016, Altarejos won the Best Screenplay award for his film T.P.O. (also known as Temporary Protection Order) which was about domestic violence and entry to the Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival headed by Brillante Mendoza. The film also won Best Sound at the said festival.

In 2017, Altarejos released Tale of the Lost Boys, his first international feature, shot and produced in Taiwan. It is a story of friendship between a straight Filipino man and a gay Taiwanese aborigine who both have issues regarding their identities. It has been screened at several international festivals, including Rainbow Reel Tokyo, New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival (NewFest), Taiwan International Queer Film Festival among others. It won Best Film at Romanian Gay Film Nights (Serile Filmului International Film Festival). In 2018, Altarejos made a comeback to Sinag Maynila International Film Festival in the Philippines with the film. The film won Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Box Office Award.

Altarejos has also worked for television doing series and anthologies for Philippines top networks GMA and TV5. Using the names Jay Altarejos and Jay Altajeros (keeping the name Joselito Altarejos to his big-screen features), he has directed a number of television series, notably the youth-oriented POSH and the long-running 98-episode TV series Legacy on the GMA Network.

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Director
Year Title Type Rating
2023 Lonely Connections
Drama
6.2
2020 Memories of Forgetting
Drama
6.0
2020 Balangaw
Drama
6.7
2020 Walang Kasarian ang Digmang Bayan
Movie
0.0
2018 Queer Asia - Philippines
TV Show
0.0
2014 Unfriend
Movie
6.5
2014 Obsession
Drama
0.0
2012 Legacy
Drama
8.4
2011 Losing Heaven
Drama
8.5
2010 Laruang Lalake
Movie
6.1
2009 The Game of Juan's Life
Movie
6.6
2009 Little Boy Big Boy
Movie
7.2
2008 Kambyo
Movie
6.5
2006 Posh
Drama
10.0
1999 Kiss Mo 'Ko
Movie
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2023 The Last Resort
Movie
0.0
2022 Memories of a Love Story
Movie
6.6
2019 Jino to Mari
Movie
6.6
2017 Tale of the Lost Boys
Movie
7.0
2016 T.P.O.
Movie
0.0
2014 The Commitment
Movie
7.1
2010 Pink Halo-Halo
Movie
8.0
2008 Antonio's Secret
Movie
7.2
2007 The Man in the Lighthouse
Movie
6.7
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2020 Balangaw
Filipino Drama, 2020, 5 eps
Jay (Main Role)
5
Jay
Main Role
6.7
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Joselito Altarejos

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  • First Name: Joselito
  • Family Name: Altarejos
  • Native name: Joselito Altarejos
  • Also Known as: Jay Altarejos, Jay Altajeros
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Gender: Male

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