Welcome to our inaugural Food for Thought series! Join us as we combine our love of films and food in a day of savory delights. In South Asia, the term “short eats” refers to an array of appetizers served before the main meal. Likewise, we start the Food For Thought: Short Eats event with a short film program comprised of delectable tales that will whet your appetite.
Lai Kin Chang • Belgium 2016 • 14:00 • Cantonese with English subtitles • International Premiere
Yin and Lee prepare the favorite dumplings of their daughter Tim Tim, who passed away three years ago. In the silence of preparation, they reflect on the moments that they shared with their child.
Lai Kin Chang was born in Belgium, yet her Chinese/Vietnamese roots gave her the benefit of growing up with both the Western and Chinese traditional cultures. With a passion for arts and film, Lai Kin graduated from the animation film department at the RITCS, the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels. She was active in the field of animation as a lay-out artist and animator and worked for the Academy Award-nominated film Les Triplettes de Belville. Sweet Dumplings is her first film.
Winnifred Jong (in attendance) • Canada 2017 • 1:38 • Cantonese with English subtitles
Vicki buys milk and finds telling her grandmother is the hardest part.
Winnifred Jong was born and raised in Toronto. Having infamously talked her way into attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, Winnifred returned to Toronto and studied film production at Ryerson University. She won a National Apprenticeship Award through the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television upon graduation with her lyrical documentary, The Story of Sam. The Offer was her debut short film. An official selection in more than a dozen film festivals worldwide, the film won the Deluxe Canada First Award at Lakeshorts International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film in the 2016 DGC Awards.
Suri Parmar • Canada 2016 • 9:50 • no dialogue
A modern-day animated fairy tale, in which a woman copes with the disappearance of her lover through her passion for baking.
Suri Parmar is a Toronto-based writer, filmmaker, designer and self-described “creative carpet bomber” whose work has screened at film festivals around the world. In 2011, she was one of five writers from across Canada selected for the Canadian Film Centre’s prestigious screenwriting residency program. She is also an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film Program and the Writers Guild of Canada’s Diverse Screenwriters Program for television writing, and a recent graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Will Kim • United States • 2:05 • no dialogue • Canadian Premiere
Glorious Victory is an animated short film about two beetles fighting over a fig, which leads both of the beetles to complete disaster.
Will Kim is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker. Will currently teaches animation and drawing at Riverside City College where he also directs Riverside City College Animation Showcase. As an animation supervisor and a lead animator, Will has participated in various feature and short live action films that were selected for the New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference, Los Angeles Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes.
Nests of Gold
Alan Poon (in attendance) • Canada • 18:00 • English, Cantonese and Tagalog with English subtitles • Toronto Premiere
A visual journey that follows one of the world’s most expensive foods. From its creation in the remote island caves of the Philippines, to its transformation into the legendary Cantonese dish of “Bird’s Nest Soup” at a 3 Michelin-star restaurant, this film examines this strange delicacy and the different lives that are touched by it.
Alan Poon studied at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and at Westminster University’s Contemporary Media Practice in London, England. From documentaries to stop-motion animation and everything in between, Alan has championed a wide diversity of filmmaking mediums and draws upon many areas of expertise to create each new project. His background in mixed media and fine arts challenges him to be constantly thinking of new and interesting ways of storytelling.