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Crew Positions

  • Art Department
  • Art Director
  • Assistant Art Director
  • Production Designer
  • Set Dresser
  • Camera
  • Camera Operator
  • Camera Production Assistant
  • Director of Photography
  • Set Photographer
  • Assistant Directors
  • Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Writer

Production Credits

Director, Writer | Dear Nanay, Short Film (United States, 2021) | Local Sightings Film Festival 2021 (Honorable Mention), Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2022 (Finalist, Best Experimental Micro Film), Spokane International Film Festival (Most Promising Filmmaker), Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2022 (Cinemetropolis Award for Best Local Short), ACES // Artist of Color Expo & Symposium 2022

Art Director | Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal and a Whore (K. Dela Cruz), Feature Film (Philippines, Germany, 2014) | Tokyo International Film Festival – 2014

Production Designer | Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig (Jadaone & Villamor), Feature Film (Philippines, 2014) | Spring Films, Star Cinema Productions

Production Designer | Overtime (Ong & Ignacio), Feature Film (Philippines, 2014) | GMA Films

Art Director | Islands (W. Alcazaren), Feature Film (Philippines, 2013) |Cinema One Originals Film Festival

Production Manager | How to Disappear Completely (R. Martin), Feature Film (Philippines, 2013), Hubert Bals, Rotterdam International Film Fest 2014


Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino/a/x photographer, filmmaker, and community worker. Previously a film/media production designer and art director in the Philippines, she is currently the Communications Specialist for APIC Spokane, a board member of Spokane Film Project, and an artist member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and Filipino American Artist Directory. She recently won the Most Promising Filmmaker Jury Award at the Spokane International Film Festival 2022 for her short film, Dear Nanay, which also took the Honorable Mention Jury Award at the Local Sightings Film Festival 2021 and Cinemetropolis Award for Best Local Short at Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2022.

The challenges of being a mother, immigrant, and queer artist of color fuel her desire to tell and amplify stories that examine intersectional truths, explore intergenerational identities, and inspire social justice. Frances is also presently working on a short documentary about food culture and migration, following the stories of Asian women immigrants and the challenges of integration and assimilation.

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