Jean Claire Dy


Online Residency 2021


Master of Arts in Media Studies and Film, New School University, New York, USA

*completed with a fellowship from the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Master of Arts in Literary Studies, Silliman University, Philippines

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, Silliman University, Philippines


Winner of the 2020 Golden Hercules Award at the Kasseler Dokfest in Germany for her documentary film A House in Pieces (co-directed with German filmmaker Manuel Domes), Jean Claire Dy is a Fiilipino-Chinese filmmaker, media artist, writer, and educator from Mindanao, Philippines. She is the founder of Stories Beyond (, an initiative that envisions to tell restorative and transformative narratives of communities beyond the “single story.” She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Claire’s creative writing pieces have been published in various literary magazines. Her short story Big Yellow was a finalist in the short fiction category of the Philippine Free Press Literary Awards in 2009. Her documentary film Pxagrara Sang Patipuron was nominated in the Sinag Maynila Film Festival in 2017. Her recent short narrative film Paglubad was screened in the Sharjah Film Platform in 2018. Some of her video pieces have been exhibited in various exhibitions in the Philippines and abroad.

Grants and Fellowships

DMZ Documentary Fund (New Director’s Project)

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival’s DMZ Industry (Post-Production Pitching Lab)

Docs by the Sea Incubator Lab

Film Development Council of the Philippines International Film Studies Assistance Program

Sinesaysay Documentary Lab Showcase: Bagong Sibol Category

Goethe Institut Philippinen Artist Travel Grant

Commission on Higher Education Creative Work Grant

National Commission for Culture and the Arts Award (for A Memory of Empire)

Writing Fellow for Fiction, 39th National Summer Writers Workshop

Writing Fellow for Fiction, 37th University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop

Philippine Representative for Creative Writing, ASEAN Nature Hug Arts Camp

Selected Filmography

A House in Pieces (documentary film)

Memory of Empire (documentary film)

Paglubad (short film)

Walay Naa Diri ( short experimental film essay)

The Sea is History (interactive documentary)

In the End Close of a Long Day When She Said to Herself Time She Stopped ( short experimental performance film)

Artist statement

Over the years, I have learned not to take the power of story for granted. Reynolds Price said it well: “A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens–second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.”

If we were to consider dictators as psychopaths then the constructs that shape their narratives should be seen as equally powerful as our own narratives. Let us use story to subvert the spectacles that rock our lives. Turn our backs at the siege of soldiers planning to break our protests (metaphorically speaking) and win the battle of the story.

It is also important that we continuously take into account how alternative storytelling can inform, inspire and influence communities. In an increasingly mediated world, it is a challenge for storytellers to also problematize the ways we clarify, intensify, and interpret reality in the media. More than ever, the power of storytelling through pictures, words, and sound still holds to this day.


A House in Pieces Trailer: