Lily Pictures and Ana de Lara Films  announced today the national debut of Filipina-Canadian Director Ana de Lara’s award-winning film GOOD GIRLS DON’T as a part of CBC’s Canadian Reflections Program on May 20th at 11:30PM and will then be available on the free CBC Gem streaming service.

GOOD GIRLS DON’T boasts an all star cast featuring the talents of Evryle Ebora (Once Upon a Time, The Whispers), Jane McLean (Workin’ Moms, Dexter), Canadian Screen Award winner Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) and John Emmet Tracy (Yellowstone, Batwoman). 

GOOD GIRLS DON’T is a lighthearted comedy that follows young Filipina-Canadian, Marilou (Ebora), who has a dream of playing professional basketball, and a religious mother (McLean) who deems the sport as unladylike, threatening that Marilou will turn into a boy if she joins the school team. The only one who seems to care about Marilou’s predicament is a man who hangs around her house. Quite literally hanging in every room, on every wall…White Jesus. Using humour and magic realism, GOOD GIRLS DON’T explores gender inequality through the eyes of a young girl set on following her dreams. This charming film holds a deeper message and explores issues regarding the importance of female youth empowerment. 

The film launched on the international festival circuit and earned more than a dozen awards in North America and Europe including the 2019 Matrix Award, Outstanding Achievement in a BC Short Film at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and the Audience Award at Romania’s KINOdeseea International Children’s Festival. On top of these awards, GOOD GIRLS DON’T won another 11 awards from numerous film festivals globally. 

GOOD GIRLS DON’T is proudly presented by Lily Pictures and Ana de Lara Films, two companies focussed on diversity and ally ship on screen as well as behind the scenes. Produced proudly with the support of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia, Creative BC and the Whistler Film Festival. 


  • 2019 Matrix Award, Outstanding Achievement in a BC Short Film, Vancouver Women in Film Festival (CA)
  • 2019 Audience Award, Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival(CA)
  • 2019 Best Comedy, Asians on Film Festival (US)
  • 2019 Best Screenplay, Asian on Film Festival (US)


  • 2019 Best Director, Asians on Film Festival (US)
  • 2019 Best Actress (Evryle Ebora), Asians on Film Festival (US)


Canada: St. John’s International Women Film Festival; Whistler Film Festival; Reelworld Film Festival; Yellowknife International Film Festival; Vancouver Women in Film Festival; Vancouver Asian Film Festival; Vancouver Reel to Real Youth Film Festival; Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival; Eve Film Festival

United States: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film; Chicago Feminist Film Festival; Chicago Comedy Film Festival; Detroit Shetown Women Film Festival; Dallas Women in Film Flicks by Chicks Festival; Broad Humor Film Festival; Marcellus Mini Movie Family Film Festival; Ithaca Pan Asian Film Festival; Kids First Film Festival;

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