Joella Cabalu is a Filipino Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and a special jury mention at CAAMFest for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary. Since then, she has worked as a producer, supporting emerging women directors in creating critically acclaimed short documentaries, including On Falling (Tribeca, 2020) and Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance, 2017). Currently, she is returning to her true passion, directing by developing Nakabingwit: First Comes Love, a feature-length documentary that follows three Filipinos and their white partners as they navigate race and romance against the cruel optimism of Canadian multiculturalism.