Fiercely protective of their children and family, the characters in these shorts will stop at nothing, in order to do what they believe is best.
Wei Liang Chiang • Taiwan • 2015 • 16:38 • Mandarin, Vietnamese with English subtitles • North American Premiere
Without the means to put down roots and settle, two young migrant workers seek solutions on an island where anchorage is prohibited.
With an MFA in Film Directing, Wei Liang Chiang is an alumnus of the Golden Horse Film Academy, and has been mentored by Taiwanese directors Hou Hsiao Hsien and Arvin Chen.
I Did It All For You
Amina Egeh, Jenn Ko, Sabrina Nemis, Ryan Pickering • Canada
2016 • 12:12 • English • World Premiere
A historical documentary film about the Vietnamese Boat People who settled in Canada after 1979, captures the difficulties they faced, and the Ottawa mayor who fought to bring them in.
Jenn Ko, Ryan Pickering, Sabrina Nemis and Amina Egeh made this film as students taking a history seminar at Carleton University.
Pallavi MD & Shamik Sen Gupta • India • 2015 • 18:08
Hindi with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
A taxi driver is faced with a moral dilemma when he discovers a lost child in the back of his car.
Pallavi MD is a theater and film actor and a Hindustani classical and semi-classical singer.
Shamik Sen Gupta is a filmmaker and advertising creative director.
Junjie Zhang • China • 2015 • 6:44 • English • Toronto Premiere
A father tries to protect his son from seeing the filth of their crime-ridden city.
Junjie “Jake” Zhang is an independent animation filmmaker, illustrator, and educator living in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Uttera Singh • USA • 2016 • 10:22 • English
A young Indian American woman wants to follow her dreams, as her fanny-pack-clad father chases her through an airport, hoping that she will follow his.
As a recent graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Uttera Singh moved from acting to filmmaking as a way of creating more challenging roles for herself and others.
Amanda Ann-Min Wong • Canada • 2016 • 9:57 • English
A young girl is forced to come to terms with her past when she ventures into the afterlife.
Amanda Ann-Min Wong is a filmmaker, writer, and musician. Swim Low is her directorial debut in fiction short film. Originally from Singapore, she now lives in Toronto.
Nishant Roy Bombarde • India • 2015 • 29:24
Marathi with English subtitles
Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender stereotypes and a natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, Pankaj finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of his cultural ethos.
An engineer by degree, Nishant Roy Bombarde also acquired a Masters in Mass Communications. He works at Zee Studios and has a passion for theatre.