Ara Chawdhury

Ara Chawdhury is a Cebu-based filmmaker, poet and journalist. She took up Mass Communications in the University of the Philippines-Cebu and a founding member of UP Otakufest. Her career in the film industry began in her college days. Aside from her writing and directing career, she has also done production design and production coordination for independent films.

Her short film, Operation Prutas (2015), garnered much awards and praises in the Sinulog Short Film Festival. Likewise, her feature film Miss Bulalacao (2015) received well earned awards from the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines and the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival.

Miss Bulalacao(2015)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A drag princess gets pregnant following an alien abduction. Rumors of immaculate conception raise his status to cult leader.

Cast
Russ Ligtas
Chai Fonacier
Tessie Tomas
Ferdinand Mesias
Keith Deligero
Nanette Inventor
Mon Confiado

Role
Writer | Director

Awards
Cinema One Originals

Awards
2015 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress
2016 Young Critics Circle, Philippines Best First Feature

Operation Prutas (2015)

Film type: SHORT FILM

Synopsis
In the heist comedy short, OPERATION PRUTAS, a man and a woman plot to steal the Sto Nino de Cebu, a 600-year-old religious artifact. Everything goes according to plan – until the man mysteriously loses the statue.

Cast
Ronyel Compra
Chai Fonacier
Alex Ilaya

Role
Writer | Director

Role
Panumduman Pictures

Awards
Sinulog Short Film Festival 2015 Best Picture

Sabado, Sabado (2012)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Here are seven stories from seven of the most interesting young filmmakers from Cebu, each of them filled with memorable characters. On a Black Saturday, two kids put their friendship to the test; a fortune teller discovers his own bad luck; a woman strolls around a foliage and finds her man engrossed in a play; a brokenhearted girl talks to a man who wronged her; a man goes out to join his friends for a good time and unravels his ugly past; a hooker and a customer share their sins; and a young woman wrestles with her demons-all told in an experiment that brings out the zeal and bravado of today’s youth.

Cast
Anne Amores
Stephanie Ann Chau
Ara Chawdhury
John Mark Maglana
Kervin Mariñas
Veanz Matutinao
Arniel Ong
Gabriel Razo
Sheila Reyes
Christian Saavedra
Constantine Samson
Miggi Sison Santos
Francis Dave Tenefrancia
Erik Tuban

Role
Writer | Director

Role
Binisaya Film Festival

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