Stacie Gancayco-Adlao is a Filipina-American filmmaker and actor born and raised in San Jose, CA with a B.A. in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley. Raised by 'movie hopper' parents and a Filipino father with a severe love for brutal martial arts flicks, mobster movies, and beloved classics like "The Sound of Music;" it's no surprise to her that she now has a sincere love for movies and an unhealthy admiration for Amirpour, McDonagh, Wong, Winding Refn, Waititi and Park films.
As a screenwriter, her screenplays have earned accolades from the following prestigious competitions: Her feature script ‘Moirai: A Memoir,’ is an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist, Austin Film Festival Second Rounder, Bluecat Screenplay Quarterfinalist, Cinequest Film Festival Top 100, and an American Zoetrope Quarterfinalist. ‘Before Bahar,’ her dramatic feature, is an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist, Austin Film Festival Semifinalist, and Cinequest Film Festival Top 20. ’Painted Faces,’ her romantic drama feature, is a Cinematografo Originals Finalist and Austin Film Festival Second Rounder. ‘Apocanympho,’ her dark action comedy feature, is an Austin Film Festival Second Rounder. Her dramedy pilot, ‘malaya,’ is a Semifinalist and her ‘Master of None: Halfsies’ is a Quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Pilot Competition.
Her short dramedy film from her Bluecat Screenplay Semifinalist script, 'Cherry Picking' (which she wrote, co-directed, produced, and starred in) had its World Premiere at the Oscars and BAFTA qualifying L.A. Shorts International Film Festival and her paranormal mockumentary comedy short, 'Ghosted' (which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in) had its World Premiere at the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival where it was also nominated for Best Cast Ensemble and Best Horror Comedy at the Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival. Her comedy, ‘Suzie Wrong,’ (which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in) had its World Premiere at the 2019 San Diego Asian Film Festival. She recently starred in the Amazon Fire and ATTN produced horror comedy short film, 'Concealer.' She is currently a writer/actor for the series, 'Hella 'Bae.' She recently starred in the Amazon Fire and ATTN produced horror comedy short film, 'Concealer,' for which Luke Kelly-Cline of Vulture stated that she gave 'one of the best short performances of the year.' She is currently a director/writer/actor for the series, 'Hella 'Bae' and is in pre-production on her web series, 'Green Blooms and Puffy Smoke.'
In her own work, she has a deep-rooted passion for creating strong, conflicted, and polarizing female characters and exploring the depths to which human beings are capable of reaching within her stories. Her vision with her scripts and her films is to give a voice and a face to the communities who have been silenced and told that their stories are not important and that their image is not desirable by mainstream America. When she's not writing, she loves to play mahjong, travel across the world with her hubby, love on her four-legged baby, and fantasize about eating meat since she's a vegetarian (she loves animals).