Born in 1984 in Manila, Philippines. Graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute in 2005. Worked as writer and researcher in local television, newspaper, radio and online magazines.
His short film “Bakasyon” won the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema at the 2004 Cinemanila International Film Festival, and his documentary “The Island at the End of the World” won Best Documentary at the 2005 .mov International Digital Film Festival.
“Short Film about the Indio Nacional (Or The Prolonged Sorrow of the Filipinos)”, his first feature film, won Best Film at the 2006 Pesaro Film Festival. His second feature “Autohystoria” was awarded Best Film and Best Director (Digital Lokal) at the 2007 Cinemanila International Film Festival. It also received a Special Mention at the Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille.
He is the first Filipino filmmaker to be accepted in the Cinéfondation Résidence of the Cannes Film Festival. A retrospective of his works have been featured in Paris, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias and South Korea.
His previous work, “Now Showing”, is part of the 40th Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival 2008.
Martin is also a recipient of the 13 Artists Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Independencia is the first Filipino film to be selected in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival, 2009. It won Best Film and NETPAC Award at Bangkok Film Festival, Thailand and Best Film and Critic’s Prize Award at Valdivia Film Festival, Chile 2009. Martin also made “The Great Cinema Party” as part of the Jeonju Digital Project, in Jeonju Film Festival, South Korea
His films, “How to Disappear Completely” won Best Picture and Best Director at Digital Lokal section of Cinemanila Film Festival 2013 in the Philippines and “La Ultima Pelicula” which was co-directed by Mark Peranson and premiered in Toronto Film Festival.
For 2016, he is in post-production of the film “Smaller and Smaller Circles” a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel of F.H. Batacan. The films is produced by Buchi Boy and Tuko Film Productions.
2013 La última película (with Mark Peranson, co-director)
2011Ars colonia (Short)
2011Boxing in the Philippine Islands (Short)
2009Life Projections (Short)
2009Long Live Philippine Cinema! (Short)
2009Manila (with Adolfo Alix Jr, co-director)
2007Track Projections (Short)
2005The Island at the End of the World (Documentary)
2004The Visit (Short)