ANNA MIGUEL CERVANTES (b. 1993, Cagayan de Oro) is a peacebuilder interested in the nexus of her identities as maker of text, moving images, and installation. She derives a propensity towards creating work with cinematic features, owing to her background in filmmaking as director, screenwriter, and production designer. 

She is a recipient of the NoExit Grant ​for Unpaid Artistic Labour of Para Site (HK), and recently concluded her residency for Art Fair Philippines under Linangan Art Residency. Her media-based works have screened in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Cinema Rehiyon, Binisaya, and Chuncheon International Film Festival (KR).



A writer by roots, she has written scripts, subtitles, screenplays, copies, essays, project proposals, grants, activity documentation, e-books, artist bios & statements, social media cards, opinion pieces, features, and interviews.


She learned to work alongside other self-taught Mindanawon filmmakers. Four years later, she debuts with her first short film, and a documentary short a year after that. In between, she traverses within the moving images with works illuminating daily life on the fringes and experimental works in public spaces.


For work in the development sector, she goes by her legal name: Jannabel Moya.


Grassroots and international non-profits; art initiatives; corporations and academe; private and public institutions


Story & SubsBaboy Halas: Wailings in the Forest (2016) Dir. Bagane Fiola | International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

Story, Director, Editor, Production Design, We Do Not Exist Here (2020)

Artist & Editor,  Ayo Tagbalay: To Come Apart, To Gather Together (2021) for the Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts and Museum Division

Story, Director, Editor, Mga Gipaambit Gikan sa Tubig (Whispers from the Waters of Mindanao) (2021)


Video and/or writing projects in the topics of reproductive health, WASH, children's rights, Bangsamoro and indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, environmental protection, peace & conflict, all over the Philippines from Bukidnon to Basilan to Baguio


SELECTED FEATURES & TALKS as artist and filmmaker

2017, Speaker, Panagtagbo Talks. Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop - Quirino.

2020, Speaker, British Council Philippines. Bangsamoro Short Film Festival: Creating Futures through Art Webinar.

2023, Jury, Cine de Oro Film Festival - Cagayan de Oro City.

2023, Speaker, PeliKultura Film Festival at University of the Philippines - Los Baños.

2017, International Film Festival Rotterdam. Wailings in the Forest

2019, CNN Life. “Mindanao’s Matigsalug tribe is featured in this award-winning film” 

2021, DaangDokyu Archive. Home for Filipino Documentaries.

2021, BusinessWorld. "CCP announces winners of 33rd Gawad Alternatibo"

2021, Chuncheon Film Festival (춘천영화제) South Korea. Announcement: 2021 CCFF Official Selection(International Independent Sci-Fi Film)

For CV, contact annamiguelcervantes [@] gmail [dot] com

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