Losing control, afraid of emptiness, or hungry for imaginative mayhem? Head down the rabbit hole for these fantastical shorts. Beautiful black and white drawings, wacky cardboard cutouts, surreal adventures, and stylized nightmares all make up an unusual late night platter of frightening irrationality.
Dir: Asa Mori | Canada 2006 | 1:45 | BetacamSP | Toronto Premiere
Refreshment anyone? Join a hare and her ham friends for this dreadfully delightful tea party.
Asa Mori is a multi-disciplinary artist, and graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC.
Dir: Jihyun Ahn | USA 2007 | 10:05 | MiniDV | Toronto Premiere
When Annie doesn’t show up for school, Mr. Johnny Debb pays Mrs. Bang a a private visit … In other news, a young girl dies and her leg has mysteriously gone missing!
JiHyun Ahn was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent her childhood in Japan. She studied architecture and interior design at Yonsei University in Korea as well as computer graphics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Dir: Howard Duy Vu | USA 2006 | 6:30 | BetacamSP
When a group of diverse co-workers retreat to the break room for a routine mid-day snack, a quarrel about who gets the last pineapple-flavored water turns to a heated passive-aggressive battle.
Howard Duy Vu’s film Running in Tall grasses was selected for the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers forum at Cannes and he is currently producing the upcoming feature documentary Dirty Hands.
Yellow Sticky Notes
Dir: Jeff Chiba Stearns | Canada 2007 | 6:00 | BetacamSP | World Premiere | Director In Attendance
2,300 drawings, 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes and a black ink pen – A small internal reflection on one’s role as an artist manifests into a discussion about major political and environmental crises.
Jeff Chiba Stearns was born in Kelowna, BC. In 2005 Reel Asian presented his work What Are You Anyways? which won Best Animated Short Subject Annual Canadian Awards for Electronic and Animated Arts.
Dir: Bum Lee | USA 2006 | 4:16 | Minidv | Canadian Premiere
Illustrated in leaps and bounds, this black and white animation was inspired by Erik Satie’s piano composition Sports et Divertissement, written in 1914.
Bum Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. He has been awarded a Fulbright Grant, Asia Digital Art Excellence Award, and Imago Film Festival Best International Film Award.
Dir: Rice 5 | Hong Kong 2004 | 5:07 | MiniDV | North American Premiere
Tiny is routinely bullied by the teen gang in his housing estate. One day, despite being out-numbered, he stands up for himself, but in doing so develops a monstrous appetite for destruction.
Kevin Tsang and Tom Shum make up the multi-media team, Rice 5. Together, they were winners of IFVA Animation Category in Hong Kong and have had their works screened in countries such as Japan, Thailand and Singapore.
Dir: Yeon Sang-Ho | South Korea | 34:11 | Digibeta | Toronto Premiere
Sentenced to die, an ordinary salary man and average young woman fight for their lives against fate. Heaven or Hell, without hope or humanity, what would you do if death was coming for you?
Yeon Sang-ho was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1978 and graduated from Sangmyung University, Department of Painting.
– Heather Keung