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NIGHT SHIFTS

Canada, India, Singapore, USA2022English and other languages with English subtitlesAnimation, Drama, Experimental, Family, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

From dusk ‘til dawn, the night takes centre stage as a mood, setting, tone, and place for our characters’ lives and their environments to be illuminated on screen.

HONEY
MADHU

Tanmay Chowdhury and Tanvi Chowdhury Profile Image

India202213 minutesBengali with English subtitles

Satakshi and Madhyama reunite at a celebration during Durga Puja. Over the course of the night through rides, snacks, and glances, we feel their relationship charged with an energy that lasts years.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open English subtitles in-person and digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Tanmay Chowdhury and Tanvi Chowdhury

Tanmay Chowdhury is a cinematographer, editor, photographer, and filmmaker. His photography has been published in various magazines and publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone and Vogue.

Tanvi Chowdhury is a writer and filmmaker who seeks to explore and tell stories about human dynamics, identity, and gender.

NANITIC

Carol Nguyen Profile Image

Canada202214 minutesEnglish and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Titled after the term “nanitic,” referring to first-generation worker ants who care for their offspring as well as the Queen Ant, we witness the structure of a multigenerational family through the eyes of Trang and Mai.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Death and dying

Director Bio

Carol Nguyen

Carol Nguyen is a Vietnamese Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal who is working toward her first documentary feature as well as an animated short.

DINNER’S READY

Elizabeth Xu Profile Image

Singapore, USA20224 minutesEnglishAnimation, Women Filmmakers

Why should I make dinner if we are both in love? A story of gendered roles and the ethics of care.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film has no dialogue and is not captioned.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Gender violence, queer violence, nudity

 

Director Bio

Elizabeth Xu

Born and raised in Singapore, Elizabeth Xu attends the Rhode Island School of Design for animation. They are excited by the potential of analogue mediums and tangible surfaces, and in their free time, they make books and think about conversation as a beautiful medium.

SAME OLD

Lloyd Lee Choi Profile Image

USA202215 minutesEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles

One night for Lu, a New York City delivery driver.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

 

Director Bio

Lloyd Lee Choi

Lloyd Lee Choi is a Korean Canadian writer and director living in Brooklyn who was named 30 Under 30 by Marketing Magazine. Choi is compelled to tell stories that reflect the real world around us.

CARRION

Yvonne Zhang Profile Image

USA202222 minutesEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitles

In an isolated desert motel, Mengmeng digs up a rotting carcass. Later that night, something long buried is unearthed in her mother.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Death

Director Bio

Yvonne Zhang

Yvonne Zhang is a British Chinese director and writer who uses folklore, dream logic, and digital media to explore immigration, memory, and loss.

13 Nov, 2022 5:30 pm

The screening for Night Shifts will be shown at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4.

This shorts programme will also be shown as an online screening from Nov 14 – 20. Purchase the shorts VOD pass to watch this programme online and all other shorts in selection at the festival.

IN-PERSON TICKETS

Rating

Rated PG

Q&A: NIGHT SHIFTS

Join us for a Q&A immediately after the theatrical presentation with attending guests from this shorts programme, moderated by Blythe Shulan Hunter.

Blythe Shulan Hunter

Blythe is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and member of Reel Asian’s Programming Committee. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where she focused on race and aesthetics of ‘yellowness’ in East Asian music videos. Her core interests include contemporary Chinese cinema and learning K-pop dances.

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