The curtains part, and you find yourself in need of a performance. Are you ready to deliver? Check out these shorts as a source of ￼inspiration! — KE
The Lobster Kid
Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu | Taiwan 2015 20:00 | Mandarin | Canadian Premiere
13-year-old con artist Siang partners with a silent monk, hoping that today is finally the day she earns enough money for a train ticket to Taitung. Who is the greater con — Siang or the Monk?
Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu was born and raised in Taiwan. He is currently pursuing MFA in film production at NYU Tisch Asia.
Boyoung Kim | South Korea 2013 | 3:22
Impersonating someone or something may lead us to what we desire — but be careful what you wish for!
Boyoung Kim is a Korean animator, graphic designer and independent filmmaker. Her works include animated shorts Replacement, Impersonation, Prey, and The Heads.
Agos: The Manila Dream
Lyka Gonzalez | Philippines 2015 | 10:00 Tagalog with English Subtitles | North American Premiere
Set in the rural Philippines, Nina’s mother recounts her bygone ambition of moving into the city. The film explores the plight of fulfilling fantasies through the surge of diaspora and urban migration.
Lyka Gonzalez is a 21-year-old photographer, videographer and filmmaker from the Philippines. She is currently in finishing her BA in Communication Arts at Ateneo de Manila University.
Way’s Favourite Machine
Gian-Paolo Mendoza and Chris Cheung Canada 2015 | 8:15 | English | Toronto Premiere
When Wayland Chin first started playing Dance Dance Revolution at the arcade ten years ago, he made a group of close friends. Today, the group has scattered, but dancing still gives him the same joy, and fond memories of days past.
Gian-Paolo Mendoza is a documentary filmmaker and journalist, currently working as a producer at CBC Television in Vancouver. He has had work published on CBC.ca, Al-Jazeera America, and the Tyee.
Christopher Cheung is journalist and photographer in Vancouver. He has written for places like the Vancouver Courier and The Tyee.ca. He is finishing his second year at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Annie Amaya | Canada 2014 | 2:44 English
Based on a Japanese legend, this animated short tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who unite once a year on July 7th.
Annie Amaya is a student filmmaker, currently studying at Concordia University for a BFA in Film Animation. Her short films have screened internationally at festivals including Fantasia, Toronto Youth Shorts, Animafest Zagreb, and Athens Animfest.
Judy Chu | Hong Kong 2015 | 17:12 Cantonese | North American Premiere
Summer’s parents lost their eyesight when they were young, but they filled Summer’s childhood with happiness, wit and confidence. Armed with her parents’ positive attitude towards life, Summer is able to view the world with a unique perspective.
Judy Chu graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2005. She has written a few plays. Undernourished? is her directorial debut.
Gloria Ui Young Kim* | Canada 2015 12:00 | World Premiere
Sparks fly between dance partners and lovers Camilla and Alexander, as they prepare to perform Bizet’s famous work Carmen. Winner of the 2013 Reel Asian So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.
Gloria Ui Young Kim was born in Seoul. Her works have been awarded at numerous film festivals. Her latest script Debra and Mona won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award.
Howie Shia | Canada 2015 | 6:00
A young boxer struggles to contain the rage that roils inside him.
Howie Shia is a Toronto-based illustrator, animator, writer, and director. His short films have won several awards, including the 2007 Grand Prix at the Tokyo Anime Fair. He combines a love for ancient mythologies with modern urban environments.
Sumo Road: The Musical
Ken Ochiai | Japan 2015 | 25:00 Japanese with English subtitles | Toronto Premiere
A lonely, heavyset exchange student decides to join the sumo team at a Japanese university. But he must first face the team leader in the ultimate sumo match.
Ken Ochiai is an award-winning film- maker who has directed three theatrical features and over 30 short films, commercials, and music videos.