A HAPPY WISH
Jack Shih | Taiwan 2011 | 12:30
When a tornado hits Taipei City, children are disappearing in a maëlstrom of whimsy. A delightful twist on urban woes, A Happy Wish follows a little girl’s fantasy escape from her regimented life of classrooms and lessons into a fantastical ocean world in the clouds.
Taiwan-based director Jack Shih studied experimental animation at CalArts and Computer art at the Pratt Institute. He currently teaches animation and has been working as an independent animation filmmaker for over a decade.
GAINS + LOSSES
Leslie Supnet* | Canada 2011 | 3:30
How do we find the way home in a fleeting world? Gains + Losses ruminates over personal, day-to-day anxieties in this delicate and imaginative animation. In this playful yet poignant goodbye letter, Leslie Supnet turns contemplation into poetic blues.
Leslie Supnet’s work aims to represent sincerity, lived experience and the multiplicity of human emotion. Her animated and film works have screened at various festivals, including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, European Media Art Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Image Forum Festival. She was recently awarded the 2012 Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC On the Rise Award.
TRACES OF JOY
Jeff Tran and Louis Yeum | Canada 2012 | 7:00
Two Toronto girls play with an imaginary friend as they attempt to deal with loss.
Jeff Tran initially studied programming at the behest of his Vietnamese parents but could no longer deny his passion for art and filmmaking. He holds a BFA from the University of Waterloo and studied at Sheridan College for Computer Animation. Louis Yeum is a 3d/2d Animator from Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Sheridan College’s renowned Classical Animation Program, and received his certificate in Computer Animation.
Kim Yong-sam | South Korea 2011 | 22:30
Lounging on the roof, break-dancing on the carpet, chatting with the dog, meditating over the first shave. When Mom and Dad are away, Sung Woo is having a dreadfully adventurous day at home.
Kim Yong-Sam was born in 1986 in Dae-Gu, South Korea. He is studying in Media & Visual at Kei-Myeong University. Home Entertainment is his second film.
Eri Asai* | Canada 2011 | 14:00
Moving from Japan to the snowbound suburbs of Ontario, little Akane tries to understand her new world while her mother struggles with a long- distance relationship. Through her innocent eyes, Momiji brings together dream, memory, fairy tale and reality.
Toronto-based Eri Asai is a director, writer and editor who grew up in Japan. Working in experimental and documentary genres, Asai studied film at York University. She is the mother of twin girls.
MAKING NOISE IN SILENCE
Mina T. Son | USA 2011 | 19:00
Navigating an adopted country through sign language is no easy task; Mina T. Son follows two Korean-American high school students at the California School for the Deaf as they wrestle with the complexities of growing up within overlapping Deaf, American and Korean cultures.
Mina T. Son is an award-winning Korean American documentary filmmaker. A recent graduate of the MFA Documentary Program at Stanford University, Mina is a two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist. Her other awards include Best Short Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.
* Directors in attendance