Canada, Vietnam202180 minEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesAnimation, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Sci-fi, Women Filmmakers

Carefully set and intentionally crafted, the site-specificity of these short films recognize the role of place as a character integral to offering layered understandings of self, community, and purpose.


Maya Bastian Profile Image

Canada202113 minTamil with English subtitlesToronto PremiereDrama, Experimental, Women Filmmakers

Trina encounters another version of herself as a paramilitary fighter for the Tamil Tigers and begins to question the ways in which we rebel.


This presentation has English subtitles.

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This film contains the potentially triggering topics of war and intergenerational trauma.


Director Bio

Maya Bastian

Maya Bastian is an award-winning filmmaker and writer with roots in conflict journalism. She specializes in exploring untold stories, integrating the voices of each unique community through active engagement, research, and open dialogue.


Thea Loo Profile Image

Canada20214 minEnglishCanadian PremiereDocumentary, Women Filmmakers

Two Filipino Canadians candidly reflect on how separating from their mothers during immigration has affected their mental health and family cohesion.


This presentation has English subtitles.

Director Bio

Thea Loo

Thea Loo is a producer and director from Vancouver. She is currently producing To Make Ends Meat 結束肉, a documentary project premiering this fall at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.


Lovina Yavari, Lance Fernandes Profile Image

Canada202110 minEnglish, Mandarin, Japanese with English subtitlesLGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Sci-fi, Women Filmmakers

In the year 2090, Sam tries to bring her lover back to life.


This presentation has English subtitles.


Director Bio

Lovina Yavari, Lance Fernandes

Lovina Yavari is a Canadian actor, director, artist, fashion designer, and internationally published model in Toronto. She can be seen in DC’s Shazam, Polar, and The Boys.

Lance Fernandes, a graduate of the Toronto Film School, is a commercial director and visual-effects artist.


Jordan Canning, Howie Shia Profile Image

Canada202011 minNo dialogueAnimation, Family, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

Oscillating between the past and the present, a woman sits in a hospital room, alone with her dying father.


Director Bio

Jordan Canning, Howie Shia

Jordan Canning, a graduate of the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, has made more than a dozen short films.

Howie Shia is an illustrator, animator, writer, and director whose work combines a love for ancient mythologies with a fascination for modern urban environments.


Alisi Telengut Profile Image

Canada202110 minNo dialogueToronto PremiereAnimation, Women Filmmakers

A disquieting fable with dark humour, a child tries to gain her father's affection, but the family dog proves to be a fierce rival.


  This presentation has no captions and no dialogue.

Director Bio

Alisi Telengut

Alisi Telengut is a Canadian artist of Mongolian descent. She creates animation frame by frame under the camera, with painting as the medium, to generate movement and explore handmade and painterly visuals for her films.


Amanda Ann-Min Wong Profile Image

Canada20215 minEnglish, Cantonese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDocumentary, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

Highlighting the rich tenacity of Toronto’s East Chinatown community, this film explores the area’s people, sidewalks, and businesses, giving voice to their experiences of community, identity, anxieties, and hopes for the future.


This presentation has English subtitles.

This presentation has open captions.

Director Bio

Amanda Ann-Min Wong

Amanda Ann-Min Wong (she/they) is a Toronto-based film director, writer, sound artist, and musician exploring themes of loss, nostalgia, and memory, as well as finding purpose and community through the arts.


Christine Wu Profile Image

Canada20205 minEnglish, Cantonese with English subtitlesDocumentary, Women Filmmakers

Filmmaker Christine Wu wayfinds her shifting relationship to Hong Kong, as someone who is now observing the region from afar.


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Director Bio

Christine Wu

Christine Wu is a Hong Kong-born filmmaker and cultural worker living on the territories of the Williams Treaties First Nations (Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont.). She creates from a place of self-compassion, reflecting an ongoing process of self-education about systemic injustice and healing.


Ostin Fam Profile Image

Vietnam202022 minVietnamese with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereDrama, Sci-fi

On a quest to rebuild home, an alien encounters a reverent worshipper, a cynical construction worker, and a mysterious medium, observing their varying ideas of home.


This presentation has English subtitles.


Director Bio

Ostin Fam

Born and raised in Hanoi, Ostin Fam is a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, the first and largest collective of independent filmmakers in New York, and a 2017 recipient of Sony Pictures’ IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film.

10 Nov, 2021

to 19 Nov, 2021




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