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Ian Allen Lim | SHOOT New Directors Showcase Event
Ian Allen Lim


Ian Allen Lim

How did you get into directing?
After high school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I wandered around studying architecture, E.C.E. and I.T. but nothing seemed to fill the gaps. Then, I finally landed on a four-week intensive filmmaking workshop and my love for storytelling came to life. I enrolled in IAFT (International Academy of Film and Television) in Cebu, Philippines, and graduated with two awards, Excellence in Directing and Technical Excellence. Since then I try to direct and film as much as I can.

What is your most recent project?
My most recent project is Joyride, which is currently in competition at the jury round of the feature film competition in Filmaka, fingers crossed! In May I will be directing a music video for Cultura Profetica, a reggae band from Puerto Rico.

What is the best part of being a director?
I like taking the audience through a journey that in real life a vast majority won’t experience. I always try to make the simple become extraordinary.

Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons)
and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates most with you?

After college I didn’t really have any mentor. But back then the two persons that really shaped me as a filmmaker were my directing and screenwriting teacher, Roberto Minervini, and my cinematography mentor Mark Gary. After that I just kept doing self study and learning from experience.

Who is your favorite director and why?
I admire a lot of directors in different ways but Tony Scott really stands out because I like the tone and the look of his films; he is very visual.

What is your favorite movie? Your favorite commercial?
If I have to pick a movie that I can watch over and over again. it’s Man On Fire.

Tell use about your background (i.e. Where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
Born in Manila, Philippines on 1982. Graduated filmmaking in 2006. Afterwards became the production manager and producer for Fashion TV Philippines. Did freelance work for a few months. Then worked in Makisig TV network as a creative and directed TV shows. In 2008 I moved to Puerto Rico to be with my girlfriend now wife and have been a freelance filmmaker since.