Armando Ibanez, OP is a talented writer whose poetry speaks of the existential meaning of life with an open heart. He calls himself a poet who through the magic of the written word, transmits hope to the heart of many. Armando’s poet’s heart has led him to found a production company, Pluma Productions, which is dedicated to producing high quality projects, both documentaries and narratives, with sound Judeo-Christian values.

Armando Ibanez, OP was one of the founding members of DIA and its first president.
South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres—a film by Armando P. Ibañez, O.P., a friar of the Southern Dominican Province and Director of Radio-Television-Film Program at Texas A&M-Kingsville—will be screened at the Magnificat 2015 film festival in Minsk, Belarus, August 3-September 3.

The documentary, which was completed this past January, has garnered a number of prestigious awards: The Accolade Global Film Competition awarded the documentary an Award of Merit; IndieFEST Film Awards awarded the film an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit Special Mention; and WorldFest Houston International Film Festival honored the film with a Gold Remi Award.

A feature documentary directed by a Southern Dominican friar completed the festival circuit by winning its 11th film award this month. The Oregon International Film Awards awarded South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres its highest-level honor, a Platinum Award.

In addition, the documentary was invited by the organizing committee and screened at the International Congress, entitled Dominicans in the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future, in commemoration of the Order’s 800th anniversary, held in Salamanca, Spain, Sept. 1-5, 2016.
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FEBRUARY 26, 2023 DomLife
A screenplay, Maggie, written by Southern Dominican friar, Armando P. Ibanez, O.P., has been awarded two finalists awards and selected as an Official Selection of Docs Without Borders International Film Festival. Maggie has been selected as a finalist in The Southern California Screenplay Competition and a Quarterfinalist in the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards (Season 7).  The Southern California Screenplay Competition states in its FilmFreeway listing: “We’ve created a platform where the screenwriters of tomorrow have a place to showcase their talent today.”  

“The Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and promote those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream.”  
“We’re excited about these accolades,” said Ibanez, whose films, according to, have won 25 film awards from national and international film festivals and competitions. He added that Maggie is scheduled to go into production sometime this year, with principal photography set to take place in New Orleans.