- Brillante "Dante" Mendoza was born on 30 July 1960 in San Fernando, Pampanga.
- He took advertising arts of the then College of Architecture and fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas.
- He has directed sixteen films since 2005.
- He won the award for Best Director for his film Kinatay at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
- His 2009 film Lola won the award for Best Film at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival.
- His 2012 film Captive was shown in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.
- His 2012 film Thy Womb competed for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
- His film Taklub has been selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
- At the Cinema One Originals 2009, he received the Special Honorary Award.
- Head of the jury at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival in 2015.
- Member of the 'Filmmakers of the Present' jury at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival in 2009.
- Mendoza directed Duterte's first SONA last 25 July 2016, which can be remembered for using low angle shots and dimmer lighting which was a break from the traditional coverage of the event. He again directed President Duterte's second SONA last 24 July 2017.