Consultations with Documentary Filmmaker Joella Cabalu

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021

One-on-one advice for emerging independent filmmakers telling critical, unorthodox, and original stories.

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One 45-minute session, online // $57, or $46 for VIVO Producer Members

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Time slots available for July 22 and July 23. Registration closes 2 days before.

To book your 1-on-1 consultation with Joella Cabalu, click the "Select a Date" button, then click "Tickets" next to the desired date, then specify your desired time slot by selecting "1" from the corresponding drop down menu. Upon completing your registration, you will be asked to provide a brief overview of what you'd like to discuss with Joella.


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Receive focussed feedback on your project and process by documentary filmmaker Joella Cabalu. Joella works alongside values-aligned filmmakers to get their stories told and seen. As a working documentary filmmaker, Joella offers practical experience, a kind and approachable space, and meaningful advice in her consultation practice.

Consultation and coaching sessions are tailored to your filmmaking needs.

Joella’s areas of expertise include:

  • Pitching and story development
  • Applying for grants and building a budget
  • Planning a production timeline and shoot
  • Community building
  • Industry standards
  • And other filmmaking problem-solving
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Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. Her films lay bare narratives about intimacies, identities, and relationships. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary as a producer and director, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Her most recent producer credit is the Telus supported short documentary On Falling which celebrated its World Premiere and a Best Short Documentary nomination at Tribeca 2020. Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund and leading the curated photography project First Photo Here with the National Film Board Digital Studio.

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