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FEEL THE BEAT

Canada, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, USA202181 minEnglish and various languages with English subtitles Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Sing along to this collection of short films featuring characters who find themselves confronting systemic, structural, and personal challenges, all while defying conventional narratives and reconstructing alternative possibilities of storytelling.

 

LITTLE SKY
小天

Jess X. Snow  Profile Image

Canada, USA202114 min English, Mandarin, Cantonese with English subtitlesToronto PremiereDrama, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers

Tenderly dedicated to their chosen family, Sky, a non-binary Chinese American drag sensation, returns to their hometown and ends up confronting their estranged father about childhood memories that continue to haunt them.

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This film contains the potentially triggering topics of implied domestic aggression, family separation, and queerphobic parents.

 

Director Bio

Jess X. Snow

Jess X. Snow is a non-binary film director, artist, poet, and community-arts educator who creates queer, Asian, immigrant stories that transcend borders, binaries, and time.

A GUITAR IN THE BUCKET
버킷

Boyoung Kim  Profile Image

South Korea202115 min Korean with English subtitlesNorth American PremiereAnimation, Women Filmmakers

Director Boyoung Kim takes us into a world where everything you need can be rented from huge vending machines. A girl does whatever she can to become a guitarist, despite others choosing otherwise.

Accessibility

This presentation has English subtitles.

Director Bio

Boyoung Kim

Boyoung Kim is a Korean animator and independent filmmaker. She is the creator of animated short films Replacement (2013), Impersonation (2014), Prey (2015), and The Levers (2018).

EXCUSE ME, MISS, MISS, MISS

Sonny Calvento  Profile Image

Philippines202116 min Tagalog with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama

Set to an expressive soundtrack, Vangie is a miserable contractual sales lady who uncovers the ultimate jaw-dropping secret to regularization in a desperate attempt to save her job.

Accessibility

This presentation has English subtitles.

Director Bio

Sonny Calvento

Sonny Calvento is a writer, director, and producer from the Philippines. Reflective of the Filipino psyche in finding humor in tragedies, Calvento is interested in tackling the sometimes-farcical life in the Philippines.

HUWAG MATARANTA!

Tricia Hagoriles  Profile Image

Canada20214 min Tagalog with English subtitlesLGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Music, Women Filmmakers

Commissioned by the Polaris Music Prize to honour the 2020 shortlist nomination of Pantayo’s self-titled debut, Huwag Mataranta! follows BB, who finds her power in a mystical night market run by figures of Filipino folklore.

Director Bio

Tricia Hagoriles

Tricia Hagoriles is an award-winning, Toronto-based filmmaker who received the inaugural Inside Out + OUTtv Outspoken Documentary Financing Fund for her upcoming work, The Archivist.

IMPERFECTLY COMPLETE

Bruce Chiu  Profile Image

Myanmar, USA202115 min English, Burmese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers

Imperfectly Complete features a resonating performance from Burmese American Chrissy Aung in the role of Lucy, who struggles whether to reveal the truth of herself when the blind guitarist she cares for is about to regain his vision.

Accessibility

This presentation has English subtitles.

Director Bio

Bruce Chiu

Born and raised in Taiwan, Bruce Chiu is a writer, director, and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Chiu is passionate about telling stories for social issues.

1978

Hamza Bangash  Profile Image

Canada, Pakistan202017 min English, Urdu with English subtitlesDrama

It’s 1978 in Pakistan, amid guitar riffs and late-night shows, rockstar Lenny from the Christian community is offered the chance to reinvent himself as a state-sanctioned singer.

Accessibility

This presentation has English subtitles.

Director Bio

Hamza Bangash

Hamza Bangash is an award-winning Pakistani Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. An alumnus of both the Locarno and Asian filmmakers academies, his artistic practice is based out of Karachi.

10 Nov, 2021

to 19 Nov, 2021

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