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FILMMERSION: Producer Spotlight: Bianca Balbuena

Moderated by Benito Bautista

It is very rare that we get a glimpse into the life of a film producer, let alone into the life of the most awarded and the most prolific Filipina producer around. In this Filmmersion Producer Spotlight, SDFFF is proud to feature Bianca Balbuena who will share with us how she started her producing career, the challenges and joys she experienced in her work, and some valuable tips and advice to aspiring film producers.

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About Bianca Balbuena:

Bianca has produced films that premiered in Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary, most notably Venice’s Lion of the Future “Engkwentro” and Berlinale Silver Bear “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery”. Among her many film accolades, Bianca is a recipient of Film Development Council of the Philippines highest honor, Camera Obscura. She is the youngest and the first Filipina to ever receive an award from Asia Pacific Screen Academy’s FIAPF Outstanding Achievement in Cinema.

In the Philippines, she’s known for producing box office hits “That Thing Called Tadhana”, “Patay Na Si Hesus” and “Fan Girl” – all acquired by Netflix. She also won Gawad Urian (Philippine’s Critics Circle) for Best Film for “Babae at Baril”. While co-producing Southeast Asian film titles, she also provides series content for local streaming sites and HBO. Bianca is currently in pre-production for Pham Ngoc Lan’s “Cu Li Never Cries” and in post-production for Lav Diaz’s ARTE-supported “When The Waves Are Gone” and Lorcan Finnegan’s “Nocebo” starring Eva Green and Mark Strong.

Not only is Bianca a film producer and the CEO of Epicmedia Productions, but she also finds time to teach at the University of the Philippines.