Ara Chawdhury has been involved in Cebuano film production since 2007 — as actress, screenwriter, producer and director. She directed Sinulog Short Film Festival 2015 Best Film Operation Prutas and won Best Editing and Best Director awards as well as numerous nominations at the festival. She wrote and directed her first feature Miss Bulalacao for Cinemaone Originals in 2015 and won best screenplay as well as numerous nominations, including Best Film and Best Director. She won the YCC Best First Feature award in 2016 for Miss Bulalacao. The film has since premiered in festivals in Korea, China, Thailand, Africa, India, Germany, and North America. She produced Christian Linaban’s SUPERPSYCHOCEBU and has served as festival director for the BINISAYA Film Festival 2017.