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[Ask Me Anything] I am the filmmaker of "Ruweda"

Are you a fan of Cinemalaya? Are you a filmmaker who aspires to participate in film festivals and produce award-winning films? Are you an avid supporter of the film scene in the Philippines?

This week on Viddsee Community, we have invited Hannah Espia, someone who has vast experiences in film festivals like Cinemalaya and won numerous awards throughout her career. She is the director of short film "Ruweda (Wheel)" and she is here on Viddsee Community to answer any questions you have!

Ask her anything about Cinemalaya or filmmaking in the comments below NOW and check back for an answer from Hannah herself this weekend, 1st July!


Hannah Espia-Farbova is a film and television director from Manila, Philippines. A graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI), she began her career in the Philippine film industry as an editor before venturing into directing and producing.

Her thesis film, Ruweda won the Audience Choice award during the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and has been screened in various local and international film festivals. It is available to watch for free on Viddsee.

Hannah’s debut feature film Transit, was one of the most acclaimed Filipino films in 2013. Premiering at Cinemalaya in July 2013 where it won ten awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the film would go on to receive a Special Mention at the Busan International Film Festival and the Student Jury Prize at Tokyo FilmEx. Hailed as an “impressive debut” by Variety film magazine, the film has been selected to over 40 international film festivals and was the Philippines’ entry to the 86th Academy Awards.

In 2014, Espia won the prestigious Gawad Urian Award for Best Director, making her only the third female director to receive this honor in its 39 years. Transit was recently screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where it is a part of a Philippine film series entitled A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema.

Here are some questions you can ask Hannah:

1. How has Cinemalaya impacted you as a filmmaker?
2. What are the most important elements you focus on when making a film?
3. What advice do you have for young filmmakers out there who want to be successful in the industry and make meaningful, award-winning films?

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