Joella Cabalu is an award-winning Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker.
Her first credit as a producer and director was for a personal family documentary It Runs in the Family (2015), which won Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and an honourable mention for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary at CAAMFest.
Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including the uplifting environmental film FIXED! (2016) and Do I Have Boobs Now? (2017), a fascinating portrait of a trans activist which screened in festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, BFI Flare and OUTFest LA.
More recently, she produced the CBC Short Doc Biker Bob's Posthumous Adventure (2019) with director Cat Mills. She holds an Art History Degree from the University of British Columbia (2008), is a graduate of the Documentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013) and was a participant in the 2014-2015 BC Arts Council Early Career Development program, the 2015 Hot Docs Shaw Media Diverse Voices program and the 2016 CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators.