Resolving 'Your Biggest Fan'

In March of 2020, Stef Aranas was all set to shoot the thesis film of her dreams, Your Biggest Fan; then COVID-19 hit the world. Stuck in Manila’s extended community quarantine, she transformed her thesis into Resolving ‘Your Biggest Fan’, a film that ruminates on her cancelled thesis production and explores her psyche as a transgender filmmaker and musician in the Philippines. The film also touches on the government's response to the pandemic and the struggles of graduating from college in a tumultuous political and social climate.

The film begins with Stef calling up each member of her initial production's core film crew, all of whom are either currently film students or recent graduates of the department. She delineates the audiovisual resources available in her home, and asks for suggestions on how to create her thesis entirely in post-production. Their suggestions are explored as the conversation progresses. After the different treatments are showcased, Stef and her peers discuss their respective plans for thesis, as each of their productions have effectively become impossible to shoot because of the pandemic. The film concludes with a discussion about the stress of graduating during the height of the COVID-19 Crisis and passing of the Anti-Terror Bill, now officially The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

  • Stef Aranas
  • Stef Aranas
  • Jaye Jacinto
  • Ellen Gloria Aranas
  • Stef Aranas
    Key Cast
  • Marie Aguinaldo
    Key Cast
  • Ysabella Fernandez
    Key Cast
  • Kakai Gayon
    Key Cast
  • Aaron Alsol
    Key Cast
  • Issa Encarnacion
    Key Cast
  • Chase Salazar
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 8, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    404 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Tagalog
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Stef Aranas

Stef Aranas is a trans Filipina student filmmaker and musician from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her strengths lie primarily in the production design department of short films and music video productions. She made her directorial debut in the University of the Philippines Film Institute's Black Beret competition with the short film, Mimi's Makeover (2018). Recently, she completed her thesis film, Resolving 'Your Biggest Fan' (2020), all while Manila was in quarantine. With her work, she aims to shed light upon the issues and experiences of transgender and queer people, in hopes of uplifting and empowering the trans/queer community.

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