Oct 01 - Oct 11 2020 | Online Film Festival

Oct 01 - Oct 11 2020

Online Film Festival

Shorts

  • October 01

    • Keep Me At Bay

      18 mins

      After finding her father’s old coat in a storage box, Snow remembers the day he came home from military service and the childhood trauma that led her to emotional distance from others.

    • Sach

      14 mins

      SACH looks at the Bay Area drag scene and appreciates its intersectionality and flavor.

    • Things We Carry

      17 mins

      A closeted Korean woman returns home to a small fishing village for her father's funeral and uncovers a secret that reconnects her with her grandmother, a traditional deep sea diver.

    • Ephemeral

      16 mins

      A juxtaposition of life before 1975 and life during the fall of Sai Gon – a matter of life or death, the Vietnamese people took a leap of faith to escape their homeland, in search of finding a better life for themselves and their children.

    • A Trip with Mom

      28 mins

      While struggling to take care of his 80-year-old disabled mother, middle-aged Xia Changming loses his job and must answer to multiple external pressures.

    • Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

      3 mins

      An award-winning experimental autoethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

    • Basurero

      17 mins

      A Filipino fisherman, desperate for some quick cash, turns to dumping bodies into the sea for the current Philippine "Drug War."

    • We Need to Talk About The Ring

      30 mins

      Though same-sex marriage is now legal in her hometown in Taiwan, Xin risks both her family and lover as she is forced to own up to her true feelings.

    • Were You Gay In High School?

      13 mins

      Two queer women recall their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight girl crushes.

    • Stay Awake, Be Ready

      14 mins

      On a street corner a mysterious conversation among three young men at a street stalls.

    • ASMR Boyfriend

      6 mins

      Jessica can't sleep. The internet can help.

    • Ikebana

      5 mins

      A Japanese Canadian elder recalls her experiences growing up in Vancouver and shares her love of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

    • Idols Never Die

      17 mins

      When Korean pop idol “N.D.” tragically dies, a dysfunctional group of high school fan girls discover a hidden message in his music.

    • The Quiet

      10 mins

      Silence is the most beautiful thing that exists in the universe

    • Overshare

      11 mins

      There are some things Hazel’s rideshare driver needs to know… And there are some things he does not.

    • Taiwanese Cha Cha Cha

      16 mins

      The fading dialect becomes the key to rebuild relationships.

    • Daughters

      8 mins

      Adopted immigrants open up about their experiences with international adoption and finding identity whilst redefining the typical American family.

    • In Loving Memory

      15 mins

      An apathetic young woman attends her dad's wake, 20 years after he abandoned her family.

    • A Glimpse (Ek Jhalak)

      18 mins

      Can a man fall for a woman he has never met? And what if she is not who he imagined her to be?

    • Three Fish

      4 mins

      After announcing her pregnancy to her volatile partner, a Vietnamese woman completes a grocery store trip by herself.

    • Aye Ko

      22 mins

      Stranded on a Southeast Asian country road with a headstrong goat as her sole companion, 12-year-old Aye Ko must find her way home in time for her sister's wedding.

    • Idol

      21 mins

      Single mom Miyabi relies on her child idol daughter Kasumi as her only source of income and ticket to future stability. When Kasumi is replaced in the group by a more popular girl, Miyabi takes drastic measures to get her back in the lineup

    • ...Izakaya

      11 mins

      One summer day, Takuya is invited by his girlfriend to go to an izakaya during lunchtime.

    • Three Wishes

      2 mins

      A mother and her 11-year-old daughter wait at a bus stop for a seemingly never coming bus. To pass the time they play a game: if they could wish for anything in the world, what would they wish for? The wishes play out in fantastical ways.

    • Between the Notes

      15 mins

      Four students on the cusp of adulthood, hailing from different corners of the world, congregate at the first ever Taipei Music Academy & Festival, where they are pushed to reckon with their insecurities preparing for a risky career in music

    • Frat House

      15 mins

      The sleepy city of Garden Grove, California was once home to over 15 gay bars. Frat House is the last.

    • How She Moves

      40 mins

      HOW SHE MOVES is a documentary short about the spirited Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old dance teacher in Pakistan, as she prepares for her final dance recital.

    • Lucky Girl

      11 mins

    • Oniden

      2 mins

    • An Object of Merit

      23 mins

      What makes an ordinary bowl beautiful? Korean-Canadian ceramic artist Minjae Lee explores the influences on his functional wares, searching for purpose in his art.

    • Standing Above the Clouds

      15 mins

      STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS follows Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists as they stand to protect their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, from the building of the world’s largest telescope.

    • Yai Nin

      13 mins

      Ninlawan Pinyo is the matriarch of a Thai American family, who hustled for her fortune by founding a naem (pork sausage) factory in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    • Farming Slowly

      8 mins

      A passionate farmer builds a lifestyle and community around the philosophy of taking time to grow organic foods.

    • Academy

      10 mins

    • Kaddish

      14 mins

    • Second Parent

      16 mins

      A non-biological lesbian mother struggles when her daughter shows signs of favoring her wife who's the birth mom. Her fears deepen when her brother, who's also their sperm donor, comes to visit from Asia.

    • Keep Warm

      12 mins

    • Haunt

      1 mins

    • The Undocmented

      15 mins

      After being fired from a job, a desperate undocumented immigrant takes up a new gig that seems straightforward but leads to an unforeseen consequence.

    • Bidyoke

      27 mins

      Portrait of a beloved Filipino karaoke-restaurant in National City, California, that has since closed its doors.

    • Cupcake Dad

      14 mins

      Realizing how much he has neglected his 6-year-old son, a smug Korean-American businessman races to deliver cupcakes in time for his son’s class birthday party.

    • Way Back Home

      32 mins

      WAY BACK HOME tells the story of a group of Chinatown stowaways. Yu comes to New York to make money for her sick son; however, in the frustrations of life and work, she finds that there is no way back.

    • (t)here

      17 mins

      Rhea, a young Indian girl living in the U.S., is struggling to make a decision that impacts her life and dreams when a chance encounter with an immigrant grocery store manager leads to an unexpected bond between the two.

    • Black Ghost Son

      11 mins

      Eddie is Chinese and his son, Troy, is Black. Together they navigate the spaces between ethnicity and identity and confront their own prejudices.

    • Adam

      19 mins

      Tired of his turbulent family life, Adam seeks out an alternative arrangement in hopes of finding his place.

    • Mom Figh

      12 mins

    • Dancing On My Own

      14 mins

      DANCING ON MY OWN is a hybrid documentary/narrative love letter to the queer Asian experience, inspired by New York's radical dance party Bubble_T.

    • Cha

      9 mins

    • Ruwatan

      15 mins

    • MELT

      11 mins

    • Becoming Eddie

      16 mins

      A Korean American boy in the 1980s struggles to fit in with his classmates, so he makes the only logical wish - to become America’s most famous foulmouthed comedian.

    • Jasmine Lane

      21 mins

      In the early 1960's, Loan, a young Vietnamese woman, & Pierre, her Eurasian husband, are relocated to a village in Auvergne, under a resettlement program for French nationals from Indochina.

    • Providence

      11 mins

      On his way to meet his father, a young man recounts his family's troubled history.

    • Why Don’t You Eat More?

      4 mins

      A quiet, up-close reflection on masculinity and the meaning of the word "skinny."

    • 1056 Metres

      17 mins

      Ling needs a kidney. She leaves Malaysia and crosses the 1056 metres long causeway at the border to Singapore to see her younger brother who now lives there to seek this desperate favour. Will her last hope eventually save her?

    • The Untitled Portrait of Red

      32 mins

      A young Chinese student meets a free-spirited girl obsessed with the surrealist Rene Magritte and promptly falls in love her challenging the conservative values of his family and father.

    • Wednesdays

      15 mins

    • 72 Hour Shootout: Top Ten Selection

      60 mins

      The 72 Hour Film Shootout is a worldwide competition in which filmmakers have 72 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. The projects in the Top Ten Selection are based on the theme “Going Viral” and the mystery prop “Toilet Paper.”