Kaj Palanca is a writer, researcher, and filmmaker from Manila. At QCinema International Film Festival, he premiered his two short films Contestant #4 (2016) and Henry (2021). Contestant #4, co-written and directed with Celeste Lapida, won Best Film at the Shanghai Queer Film Festival in 2017. A graduate student of sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman, he is currently developing his master’s thesis on collective action in film work. He has been writing about films longer than he’s been making them.