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• 30 films
• 6 on-demand screening programs
• Live filmmaker Q&As CINEVIC-ShortCircuit-Neon-2020-04-22_Water and Shark web

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SEPULCHER

Washington • 13 minutes • Stephen Takashima
An isolated man’s world comes crashing down when he discovers a ceiling leak in his perfect apartment. Stephen Takashima is a Seattle-based filmmaker currently working in freelance film production. His works include SEPULCHER (2019), CIVIL (2018), and BREATHING THROUGH TREES (2017), which have screened at film festivals across the US including Chicago International and Hollyshorts. To see more of his work or get in contact, visit TheLensDarkly.com.
*Director Q&A*
WED MAY 20th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Check out the recording here >>

 


DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI

Hawaii • 20 minutes • Justyn Ah Chong
In between growing frustrations toward cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists and reflections on a traumatizing memory, a voice rises from within a soft-spoken, Hawaiian janitor down on the sidewalk in Waikiki. This narrative short film is inspired by a collection of poetry published posthumously featuring the work of Kanaka Maoli poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-84). Justyn Ah Chong is an award-winning Native Hawaiian filmmaker from O’ahu, Hawaiʻi. Upon graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2011 Justyn began working at ʻŌiwi Television, Hawai’i’s first Indigenous television broadcast station. Over the span of seven years, he filmed and edited a variety of projects including working as a Director of Photography on the feature documentary “Mele Murals” which won numerous awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Guam International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Hawai’i International Film Festival. In 2019, Justyn had his directorial debut with his acclaimed film “Down on the Sidewalk In Waikiki” which premiered at the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Drama. The film has continued to screen at festivals around the world, including the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the 307 Film Festival in Wyoming where it was awarded Best of Fest.
*Director Q&A*
T
UES MAY 26th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
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THE CHEF

California • 20 minutes • Hao Zheng
In a time when work is done by robots, a traditional Chinese chef is forced to train a Caucasian humanoid to cook Chinese food, but a former protégé of the chef makes this harder by joining an anti-robot riot group.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding International Film Hao Zheng is a recent Student Academy Award winning director with a BFA degree in Film Production from Emerson College and a MFA degree in Directing from the American Film Institute. Hao has worked extensively as an actor in popular Chinese films and television series and has directed films with international recognition including Best International Film Award at Show Me Shorts (New Zealand), AT&T Film Award, Nowness Awards, Short Shorts Tokyo, Interfilm Berlin among more than 50 other film festivals.

 


AH BENG IN WONDERLAND

Singapore • 13 minutes • Carla Castle
An absurdist’s comedy about an Ah Beng (delinquent) in Singapore running away to Malaysia on an e-scooter after finding out he accidentally knocked up his girlfriend.

 


JOSE’S TOUR DE TOKYO

Japan • 15 minutes • Kimie Tanaka
The story of a young Mexican man, Jose, and his first visit to Tokyo as he works for a social media influencer, Alex. Running around town in an attempt to fulfill his demands, Jose discovers… out of the box, there is always something interesting.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Editing Kimie Tanaka was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She obtained an MFA in New York University Tisch Asia School of the Arts, and a BA in Economics in the University of Tokyo. Starting as a business analyst in India, she moved to Chile, New York, and Singapore and along the way started to pursue a career in film directing. Her latest film HIDE & SEEK had its international premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and won the Best Short Award in Sguardi Altrove Film Festival in Italy, following her debut short film KOTOBUKI / TO US winning the Best Short Award in Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
*Director Q&A*
MON MAY 18th @ 10AM PDT @ ZOOM
Check out the recording here >>

 

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BUBBA LOU

Victoria • 14 minutes • Jim Knox
Both comedy and drama, BUBBA LOU is about the people who get support, and the people who don’t. A woman with Down syndrome goes looking for her brother. The condition she finds him in, and her attempt to help him, make her question what words like ‘home’ and ‘care’ really mean. Thirty years ago, Jim Knox was offered the day off from school if he’d volunteer at the Special Olympics. He is currently the writer and director of BUBBA LOU which has been described as ‘funny & heartwarming’, by someone who worked on the film, but seems fairly objective.
*Director Q&A*
TUES MAY 19th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

Check out the recording here >>

 


PA

Singapore • 20 minutes • Sabrina Poon
A workaholic mum learns the true meaning of family through the adventures of her 6-year-old son and her elderly father. Nicknamed ‘Spoon’, Sabrina Poon is a director and producer who always takes a hands-on approach at the start of each project. She graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, received a Diploma with Merit in Film, Sound & Video, and has a Bachelor Degree in Professional Communication (RMIT). She is a recipient of the Akanga Film Asia Prize in scriptwriting, Cathay Organization Film Prize, and was also awarded the Shaw Foundation Silver Medal & Prize. Her works have been selected for the Singapore Indie Documentary Fest, Singapore Short Films, International Beijing Film Academy Awards, and London The Smalls Film Festival. Her recent awards include Best Editing for SYLVIA in National Youth Film Awards, and Best Screenplay and People’s Choice Award for PA in Shorties International Film Festival.
*Director Q&A*
FRI MAY 15th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

Check out the recording here >>

 


A LONG WEEKEND WITH MAY BLOSSOM

Victoria • 6 minutes • Chorong Kim
Witness the tension-laden encounter of two women representing two different communities and the process of their miscommunication and intercommunication. Viewers may find the constant shifting of their perspective on the relationship between the two characters, as an invader and a defender, negotiator and refuser, provider and receiver, and many more. Chorong Kim is an award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker and photographer. She was born in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a master’s degree in Germanic and Slavic Studies from the University of Victoria, and has independently written and directed three narrative short films: CHASING MARGARET (2015), THINK OF THE WORST (2018), and A LONG WEEKEND WITH MAY BLOSSOM (2019). Her work has screened at several international film festivals including Nickel Independent Film Festival and Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. She has also directed two documentary films: READERS OF THE HOLOCAUST (2016) which won the Best Student Documentary award at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival, and WHY AM I HERE? A Child’s Journey through the Holocaust (2019) which premiered at the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. Her photography has been published on CBC, Huffington Post, CHEK News and Times Colonist. Currently based in Toronto, she works as an Associate Producer on the Canadian Screen Award-nominated History Channel series, HISTORY ERASED.
*Director Q&A*
FRI MAY 15th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

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THE MISSING PICTURE

Vancouver • 9 minutes • Javier Aparisi
Julia reminisces about the time she took her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and her son to the beach for the first time. But that year’s family trip to the ocean was more special than ever since it was the first time for little Victor and the last one for grandma. Javier Aparisi is a Spanish filmmaker based on North Vancouver. He graduated from film school in Barcelona and has been working as a filmmaker, camera operator, and editor for several production companies. He moved to Canada in 2011 and his short film NATI, set after the end of the Spanish Civil War, tells the story of a young republican taken into prison by Franco’s troops. The film was broadcast in Spain and Latin America and received awards in several festivals. His new short film THE MISSING PICTURE is a drama shot in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Javier is currently developing his first feature film.
*Director Q&A*
SAT MAY 16th @ 2PM PDT @ FACEBOOK
Check out the recording here >>

 

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ALL-IN MADONNA
Victoria • 13 minutes • Arnold Lim
Seventeen year-old Maddie learns dark secrets about her father and must reconcile the father she thought she knew, and the father he may actually be.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Performance (Jessica McLeod)
Outstanding Sound
Arnold Lim is an award-winning independent film director and producer, winning Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program in 2018 to direct a feature film version of ALL-IN MADONNA which will be released in the fall of 2020. Past credits include winning the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts to Features grant, a BravoFACT grant, a BC Arts Council Grant and being accepted into the National Screen Institute’s Features First program. In addition to his filmmaking career, Lim has been a programmer for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and Victoria Film Festival, as well as a longtime photo and video journalist for Black Press Media.
*Director Q&A*
TUES MAY 26th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Check out the recording here >>

 


HAE HAWAII
Hawaii • 17 minutes • Tyrone Sanga
After the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, loyalists to the Crown protect what is left of their dissolving kingdom. They recruit a young thief to safeguard the unifying symbol of the people.

 


OUT OF SOUND

Victoria • 12 minutes • Julia Dillon-Davis
When Sunny and her friends skip school and get lost in the woods, they start to turn against each other. Soon, their day becomes about who they are and who they are to each other — and how Sunny finds her way once she goes too far. Julia Dillon-Davis is a writer, director, and producer. Her scripts brought her to the CINESPARK pitching stage in 2018 and 2019. Last year, she received the Youth Media Alliance Andra Sheffer Award, which recognizes commitment to creating quality content for young people. OUT OF SOUND is her first film.
*Director Q&A*
TUES MAY 20th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

Check out the recording here >>

 


THE MESSIAH

New Zealand • 15 minutes • Vela Manusaute
A young runaway finds refuge with a 17 year-old self-proclaimed Messiah in a South Auckland garage only to discover that true salvation is in his own hands.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Art Direction
Outstanding Screenplay

 


20 MINUTES TO LIFE

Vancouver • 12 minutes • Veronika Kurz
A short comedy about “good kid” Olivia and her first detention, which she imagines as a prison. Olivia must befriend the “bad kids” and figure out how to solve 20,000 math problems in 20 minutes to escape. Veronika Kurz is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and alumni of both Capilano University’s Motion Picture Arts Program and the Women in the Director’s Chair. In 2017 she successfully pitched and won the MPPIA Short Film Award for her film 20 MINUTES TO LIFE, which went on to premiere at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival. Her other recent short film FLOW had its World Premiere at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival. Currently Veronika is prepping to direct her next short and is in development on her first feature.
*Director Q&A*
TUES MAY 19th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

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WITCH DOCTOR

Victoria • 15 minutes • Connor Gaston
Thirteen-year-old Ava, new to town, hopes to win over her community at the annual Halloween talent show, but loses herself in the struggle to find a partner for her act.

 


SYLVIA

Singapore • 13 minutes • Sabrina Poon
A young woman, troubled with strange noises and sightings, learns that she must finally face the truth that she has been denying, and things might be more than what they seem.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Director
Outstanding Cinematography
Nicknamed ‘Spoon’, Sabrina Poon is a director and producer who always takes a hands-on approach at the start of each project. She graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, received a Diploma with Merit in Film, Sound & Video, and has a Bachelor Degree in Professional Communication (RMIT). She is a recipient of the Akanga Film Asia Prize in scriptwriting, Cathay Organization Film Prize, and was also awarded the Shaw Foundation Silver Medal & Prize. Her works have been selected for the Singapore Indie Documentary Fest, Singapore Short Films, International Beijing Film Academy Awards, and London The Smalls Film Festival. Her recent awards include Best Editing for SYLVIA in National Youth Film Awards, and Best Screenplay and People’s Choice Award for PA in Shorties International Film Festival.
*Director Q&A*
FRI MAY 15th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

Check out the recording here >>

 


ATTACK OF THE KILLER SCARECROW

Victoria • 11 minutes • Octavian Kaul
On Halloween night, two teenagers accidentally unleash a killer scarecrow when they trespass on its farm.

 


BABY TEETH

Victoria • 13 minutes • Sonya Chwyl & Anik Desmarais-Spencer
With the help of her childhood best friend, Ana sets out to fulfill her mother’s last wish: bury her corpse in the woods.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding BC Film Anik Desmarais-Spencer was born on Saltspring Island, BC. Instead of hiring a babysitter, her parents used to drop her off on uninhabited islands. This explains a lot. Sonya Chwyl was born in Vancouver and has lived in BC her whole life. She has assisted in the editorial department on several short films, including the Crazy8s 2019 finalist ADA. She hasn’t slept in several years. Anik and Sonya have worked on numerous film sets as ADs, ACs, PAs, MUAs, and DITs, often as a creative team. BABY TEETH is their first film.
*Director Q&A*
THURS MAY 21st @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

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FOR THE GOBLINS

California • 16 minutes • Hypnus Yao
Sebastian is an ordinary undergrad student with a chill school life. On his way home from a party, a group of goblins appears and attempts to blackmail him. They bring Sebastian to their center of resistance and persuade him to teach their group how to act like human beings.

 

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REFUGE IN THE ROCKIES
Vancouver • 12 minutes • Kaio Kathriner
Anderson Losada is a Colombian refugee resettled in Canada, where an obscure law prevented him from citizenship and cost him his Paralympic dreams in downhill skiing.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Documentary Film
Kaio Kathriner is a Swiss-Canadian filmmaker whose short film and documentary work has most recently received “The Flaming Faun” for Best of Switzerland – Audience Choice Award at Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival. From shooting at Everest Base Camp to NHL superstar Connor McDavid, his filmmaking adventures have landed him in Nepal, Cambodia, Peru and the US, as well as shooting for CBC Arts, NBC Sports, and NHL Studios. Kaio is currently in pre-production for a dramatic short entitled THE DAY WE LEFT.
*Director Q&A*
THURS MAY 21st @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM

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BABA’S NEXT CHAPTER

China • 10 minutes • Jamie C.X. Wang
As her father’s retirement approaches, a student filmmaker living abroad decides to bring a story from his novel to life, in an attempt to encourage the aging father to not abandon his one last creative passion as he enters into this new chapter in life.

 


PC-4L

Victoria • 4 minutes • Ailín Ó Dálaigh & Dariel Hernandez
PC-4L follows a powerviolence band’s ritual of drinking Four Loko during practice. It originated with Victoria filmmaker Ailín Ó Dálaigh and was shot on Super 8mm film in one day on a visit to Dallas, TX with filmmaker Dariel Hernandez. Ailín Ó Dálaigh is a musician, photographer, artist, and filmmaker originally from Dallas, TX who now lives in Victoria, BC. He is a graduate student of Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, and the aesthetics of Soviet film during the 1920s and 1930s informs his analogue photography and filmmaking. Dariel Hernandez is a musician, activist, and filmmaker from Dallas, TX. They are a graduate from the University of North Texas, having studied radio, TV, and film production with a focus in cinematography. Social realism influences the style of their narrative shorts, while a hobby of filming live music shows prompted their documentary work.
*Director Q&A*
WED MAY 20th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
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A WINTER MORNING

Vancouver • 7 minutes • Manny Mahal
The chaotic symphony of film editing; merging ideas of life, love, and the power of cinema… all on a quiet winter morning.

 


YAH WAVE

Vancouver Island • 13 minutes • Emma Power
Music, montage, and mesmerizing dance propel this meditative documentary on spiritual unity amongst cultural diversity. Emma Power is an emerging Canadian writer and director with an experimental take on the documentary genre. Born with a natural curiosity of one’s psychological depths, her writing and visual works push to ignite reflections on hidden existential and philosophical matters; both sacred and absurd. Her affinity to musical curation heavily influences her inspirations and is used to emote her films and define their pulse. Periodically working production contracts in the Vancouver film and television industry, she is currently in development on a short erotic mockumentary and web series.
*Director Q&A*
SUN MAY 31th @ 5PM PDT @ INSTAGRAM
Watch the recording on Instagram >>

 

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HOLE
Vancouver • 6 minutes • Gil Goletski
Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.

 


KISHI BASHI – VIOLIN TSUNAMI
Washington • 6 minutes • Mike & Julia McCoy
This hand-painted watercolour for Kishi Bashi’s “Violin Tsunami” shows the importance of learning from the past to make a better future. The album “Omoiyari” is a reflection on the current political atmosphere in the U.S. through the lens of the Japanese-American interment of WWII.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Music

 


KATALOG OF FLAWS
Mayne Island • 12 minutes • Marv Newland
A fever dream with many false endings. Keep watching.

 


RACCOON AND THE LIGHT
California • 4 minutes • Hanna Kim
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods.
🏆AWARD WINNER🏆
Outstanding Animated Film

 


FLASH FLOOD
Coquitlam • 6 minutes • Alli MacKay
Deep within a dream, a cataclysmic flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity. The film is animated by volunteer transgender artists and animators from across the globe.

 


SHELLS
California • 5 minutes • Justin Pixler
In a rural fishing village, a young boy named Totoy encounters a mythical monster.

 

 


! BONUS !
Ticketholders for this program also receive access to EYECANDY: a virtual touring program of contemporary Canadian animation from the Ottawa International Animation Festival (available May 22-28 only).
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FRI MAY 15th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Sabrina Poon (Singapore) – director of PA and SYLVIA
Chorong Kim (Toronto) – director of A LONG WEEKEND WITH MAY BLOSSOM

SAT MAY 16th @ 2PM PDT @ FACEBOOK
Javier Aparisi (Vancouver) – director of THE MISSING PICTURE

MON MAY 18th @ 10AM PDT @ ZOOM
Kimie Tanaka (Japan) – director of JOSE’S TOUR DE TOKYO

TUES MAY 19th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Veronika Kurz (Vancouver) – director of 20 MINUTES TO LIFE
Jim Knox (Victoria) – director of BUBBA LOU

WED MAY 20th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Stephen Takashima (Washington) – director of SEPULCHER
Ailín Ó Dálaigh (Victoria) – director of PC-4L
Julia Dillon-Davis (Victoria) – director of OUT OF SOUND

THURS MAY 21st @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Sonya Chwyl (Victoria) + Anik Desmarais-Spencer (Victoria) – directors of BABY TEETH
Kaio Kathriner (Vancouver) – director of REFUGE IN THE ROCKIES

TUES MAY 26th @ 7PM PDT @ ZOOM
Justyn Ah Chong (Hawaii) – director of DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI
Arnold Lim (Victoria) – director of ALL-IN MADONNA
Ana de Lara (Victoria) – producer of ALL-IN MADONNA
Susie Winters (Victoria) – writer of ALL-IN MADONNA

SUN MAY 31st @ 5PM PDT @ INSTAGRAM
Emma Power (Vancouver) – director of YAH WAVE
Watch the recording on Instagram >>

… subject to change … check back here for updates!

 

AND NOW
we are pleased to announce this year’s
AWARD WINNING FILMS
🥁 (drum roll please) 🥁 Outstanding BC Film
*sponsored by William F. Whites Vancouver*
BABY TEETH Outstanding International Film
THE CHEF Outstanding Documentary Film
REFUGE IN THE ROCKIES Outstanding Animated Film
RACCOON AND THE LIGHT Outstanding Director
Sabrina Poon
SYLVIA Outstanding Cinematography
Shyan Tan
SYLVIA Outstanding Art Direction
THE MESSIAH Outstanding Screenplay
Vela Manusaute
THE MESSIAH Outstanding Performance
Jessica McLeod
ALL-IN MADONNA Outstanding Sound
ALL-IN MADONNA Outstanding Music
KISHI BASHI – VIOLIN TSUNAMI Outstanding Editing
JOSE’S TOUR DE TOKYO Audience Choice
THE MISSING PICTURE 👏 🎉 👏
🎉 👏 🎉