Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan is a writer/director born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. He attended the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University, Chicago, IL where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Directing.
In 2019, Eblahan attended the 55th Chicago International Film Festival for his short film, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, winning Cineyouth's Best Experimental Film. In 2020, 'Umbilical' was nominated in the Academy Award qualifying 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
In 2021, Eblahan's Hilum had its world premiere at the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand, France where it won the International Student Jury Prize as well as a special mention from the International Jury.
In addition to writing and directing, Eblahan also performs as a musician, a street photographer and a poster designer. He is currently based both in La Trinidad and Chicago.
Lives and works in Chicago, IL
2019 DePaul University, School of Cinematic Arts, BFA Film Directing, Magna Cum Laude
2017 DePaul Art Museum, Anticipation, Chicago, IL
2018 Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2018 D.E.F. Showcase, Chicago Movies in the Parks, Chicago, IL
2019 Chicago International Film Festival, Cineyouth, Winner, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL
2019 NFFTY, Winner, Jury Prize, Best Experimental Film, Seattle, WA
2019 Premiere Film Festival, Nominated, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL
2020 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Official Selection, Ann Arbor, MI
2017, Under the Radar Magazine, Watch: Amber Arcades - “Can’t Say That We Tried” Video
2017, Drunken Werewolf Magazine, Video: Amber Arcades shares new dream pop single “Can’t Say That We Tried”
2019, NFFTY Programmers' Picks, film review
2019, Reel Chicago, festival review
2019, Chicago Film Festival, programme
2021, myDylarama, Abla Kandalaft, Interview with Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, director of Hilum (Remedy) - AWARD WINNER!
2021, SINdie, Dan Tran, Short Film Review: Hilum (2020)
2021, Wow Cordillera, Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan's film made it to the shortlist of an International Short Film Festival in France.
2021, La Brasserie du court, Expresso Video – Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Interview
2016, Water, USA
2017, Boxes, USA
2018, Sala, USA
2018, Nicerata Performs an Acapella on her 84th Birthday, Philippines
2019, The Gauntlet, USA
2019, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, Philippines
2021, Hilum, Philippines
2017, Amber Arcades (Netherlands) - Can't Say that We've Tried (Directing)
2018, Osa North (Chicago) - FMLS (Directing)
2019, Careerist (Belfast) - Slasher (Cinematography)
2019, Recoechi (Chicago) - Real Friendz (Director)
2019, Shiro Schwarz (Mexico) - Burning Inside (Director)