Lee Meily

Lee Briones-Meily

lee-meily-2Lee-Meily – One of the few women cinematographers in the Philippines, Lee started as a staff photographer for Chroma studios. A graduate of Communication Arts at the De La Salle University, she became a producer for Image Films and then after with Unitel Productions. She became a cinematographer in 1996 and has lit and framed award –winning commercials like PLDT’s Victorious “Suportahan taka” to Fibrosine’s “Spa”.

She started doing feature films in 1997 with Jeffrey Jeturian’s heartwarming debut- Sana Pag-Ibig Na. She has won Best Cinematography for Tanging Yaman at the 2000 MMFF and the FAMAS. In 2004, she received another Best Cinematography from the Urian for Crying Ladies and in 2005, the Star Awards and Golden Screen Awards for Best Cinematography for her work on Santa Santita.

Lee continues to support the indie scene doing volunteer teaching at the Mowelfund Film Institute and at the Asia Pacific Film Institute. This year,she has served as international jury for the 2006 Singapore Film Festival .

Professional History

  • Director of Photography for feature films, TV Commercials, documentaries and Music
    1996-Present – In charge of Lighting, Composition and camera movement for motion picture
  • Lecturer-Asia Pacific Film Institute
    2005 – Taught a course in Advanced Cinematography for film students.
  • Line Producer – Unitel Productions
    1991-1996 – Responsible for Creative Servicing, Logistics planning for TV commercials.
  • Lecturer – Communication Arts Department, De La Salle University
    1990 – Developed and taught a course on Film Management for Communication Arts Students.
  • Producer – Image Films
    1987-1991 – Responsible for the organization of shoots, logistics, and post production for Corporate Videos, and TV Commercials.
  • Staff Photographer – Chroma Studios
    1985-1987 – Responsible for Advertising, Editorial and Corporate photography
  • Researcher / Writer – “The Marcos Years” PTV Channel Four Project
    1985 – Responsible for research, screen writing and other content for documentary production on Ferdinand Marcos and his regime.


De La Salle University ,A.B. Communication Arts
Graduated – 1985
Cross enrolled with St. Scholastica’s College, Manila

High School – Sta. Isabel College, Graduated 1979

Grade School – Sacred Heart School, Lucena ,Quezon, 1975

Special Workshops Attended

Kodak Workshop on Advanced Cinematography conducted by Frederick Elmes, Bangkok Thailand, 2003
Kodak Workshop on Advanced Cinematography conducted by Oliver Stapleton, Bangkok Thailand, 2002
International Film &Television Workshops, Rockport, Maine, U.S.A. 1994

Awards and Achievements

Best Cinematography- Fibrosine “De-Tox”, Phil. Advertising Congress ,2005
Best Cinematography- “Santa Santita”, Star Awards 2004
Best Cinematography- “Santa Santita” Golden Screen Awards 2004
Best Cinematography- “Crying Ladies”, Gawad Manunuri (Urian) ,2003
Best Cinematography- “Tanging Yaman”, FAMAS ,2000
Best Cinematography- “Tanging Yaman”, Metro Manila Film Festival ,2000
Best Cinematography- “Tanging Yaman”, Pasado Awards,2000
Best Documentary-“Fifty Years of ABS-CBN”, Catholic Mass Media Awards2004,

Selected Filmography

Full-Length Feature “La Visa Loca” 2005 , 100 mins. Color, 35mm
Official Selection- Fukuoka Film Festival 2006, Osian’s Film Festival, New Delhi, 2006, London Firecracker Film Festival 2005

“Santa Santita” .2004,110 mins.Color ,35mm
Pusan Film Festival 2005

“Crying Ladies” 2003 ,111 mins.Color , 35mm
Official Selection- Montreal World Film Festival 2004, Metro Manila Film Festival 2003, Newport Beach Film Festival 2004, Dallas Asian Film Festival 2004, Hamburg Film Festival, Brussels International Film Festival, Calcutta Film Festival, International Film Festival of Kerala, Chennai Film Festival, Palm Springs Intl, Film Festival, Cinemanila 2004, ,Pune International film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival 2005, Taipei International Film Festival,2005, Minneapolis & St. Paul Film Festival 2005

American Adobo 2001, 97 mins. Color, 35mm

Tanging Yaman -2000, 117 mins. Color, 35mm

Sana Pag-ibig Na , 1997 98 mins. Color, 35mm


“The Philippine National Artists” ,2001, 75 mins.Video

“Fifty Years of ABS-CBN”, 2004, 60 mins.video