Filmmaker Update: Gloria Ui Young Kim

Gloria Ui Young Kim’s THE AUCTION has won the Children’s Jury Prize for Best Live Action Short Film of the 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle.

Gloria was also the winner of Reel Asian’s 2010 LIFT and Fuji Best Film Award and the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children’s Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. The film is described as “a wonderfully rendered love letter to familial sacrifice and the struggle of new immigrant families” and features a stellar line-up of Canadian talent including newcomer Joy Kim as Meehee Park, Vicki Kim as Yousun and John Ki as Jongsu.  The short also stars Shelley Marshall, Sherry Mandel, and Shannon Ezer.

The Auction has also recently screened at REELKids Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.  It will go next to the Reel2Real International Film Festival for Youth, the Sarasota Film Festival (April 7-17) where it is in contention for the Best Family Film Award, and WorldFest (April 8-17) where it has been nominated for an award.