Aaron Palabyab is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. He is a film director, cameraman, time-lapse and travel filmmaker, and a landscape and night sky photographer with a decade of experience, working both in his native Philippines and abroad with international teams. Originally trained and experienced in film and commercial production beginning 2007, he is branching out into new directions as an artist as his travels take him around his country and the world.
FILM AND VIDEO
As a filmmaker, he has worked on several projects traveling around the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He was second unit director, second camera, and night sky and time-lapse photographer on the international award-winning Filipino independent feature Ignacio de Loyola (2016), and was time-lapse photographer and a cameraman on the ABS-CBN International travelogue series Discovering Routes, shot with an international cast and crew all around the Philippines.
He directed all the TV spots until 2015 for Sulit.com.ph (now OLX.ph), and did work for Rockwell Land, Honda Motors, San Miguel Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Roche, Sony, UNESCO, Antel, Taft Property, and the Ateneo de Manila University, among others.
His first short film, “A Second” (2012), which he co-directed, co-wrote, edited, scored, and acted in, was a finalist in the short film category of the Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2012 and official selection in the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC 2012 and Shorts From the World section of the 15th International Eskisehir Film Festival. It was also broadcast in November 2017 and February 2018 on the Lifetime Channel Asia.
His first collaboration with Polish artist Agnieszka Rowińska, produced at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, received the special award for Creative Filmmaking at the 2017 Syrp Everyday Humans Short Film Competition.
He has been working in the film industry since 2008 and shoots narrative film, reality TV, travel, documentary, corporate, and commercial projects as a director and cameraman.
Alongside his conventional career in the film industry, Aaron is also a landscape, night sky, and time-lapse photographer. Born and bred in the chaos of Metro Manila, Aaron seeks images that express a longing to reconnect with what people born in the city have lost: connection to nature, intimacy with awe, and the wonder of a time before our cities dimmed our stars.
- Brashnar Creative Project, Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM), August 2018
- Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland, October-November 2017
Grand Prize, Platinum - Air France KLM Flying View international photography competition
Honorable Mention, Professional Fine Art Landscape (series) -Tokyo International Foto Awards