Shorts Presentation: LET’S BE FRIENDS

Canada, Japan, South Korea, USA2023TRT: 1h37Japanese, French, Korean, English, Tagalog, Arabic

These shorts look at the soft to even slightly off-kilter bonds we find in one another, the realms we exist in, and ultimately, ourselves, despite ongoing change—no friendship bracelets required.

*Directors in attendance starred. 

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Sugar Glass Bottle (アメガラス)

Neo Sora Profile Image

Japan202220 minJapanese with English subtitlesComedy, Drama, Science Fiction

In the peripheries of near-future Tokyo, high schoolers Kou and Yuta practice a prank that begins as a faux argument and involves a prop glass bottle stolen from their theater department.

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Director Bio

Neo Sora

Raised in New York and Tokyo, Neo Sora is a filmmaker, artist, and translator living between the two cities. He is in development for his debut feature as a writer-director, Earthquake.

The repair shop (L’atelier)

Namaï Kham Po Profile Image

Canada202312 minFrench with English subtitles2slgbtq+, Documentary

Kathy Tran and Agnès Gaudreau work as auto mechanics at Bâtiment 7, a collective-run space where they can truly be themselves.

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Director Bio

Namaï Kham Po

Namaï Kham Po is a self-taught video director and editor based in Montreal and born in Thailand.


Maya Tanaka Profile Image

USA202316 minEnglishDirected By Women, Drama, Family-friendly

Flaming lobsters and menstruation woes plague 12-year-old Yuki’s doomed Hawai'ian beach vacation.

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Director Bio

Maya Tanaka

Maya Tanaka is a Japanese and Lebanese American filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her work uses writing and film to question historical narratives around cultural legacy, gender, and sexuality.

The Cave (저주소년)

Jinman KIM, Jiyoung CHON Profile Image

South Korea202214 minKorean with English subtitlesAnimation, Drama, Family-friendly

A boy longs for his father's affection, but he is only interested in fishing.

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Director Bio

Jinman KIM, Jiyoung CHON

Jin-man Kim and Ji-young Chon both work at HUMUHUMU Stopmotion Studio as directors.

When You Left Me On That Boulevard

*Kayla Abuda Galang Profile Image

USA202213 minEnglish and Tagalog with English subtitlesComedy, Directed By Women

Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006.

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Director Bio

*Kayla Abuda Galang

Born in Olongapo, Philippines, and raised in San Diego and Houston, Kayla Galang is an Austin-based filmmaker exploring themes of femininity, home, and belonging.


Zhen Li Profile Image

USA20227 minEnglishAnimation, Directed By Women, Experimental

A crush gone mouldy…

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Director Bio

Zhen Li

Zhen Li is a Chinese American animation artist based in L.A. whose work centers around expressing the in-between, with an affinity with darkness, misalignment, warping realities, and folded feelings.

Eitr (عطر)

*Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller Profile Image

Canada202215 minEnglish and Arabic with English subtitles2slgbtq+, Comedy, Directed By Women, Drama, Romance

Grinding away at the inherited family business, Mohamed works tirelessly making sales of knock-off perfume, while living as a knock-off version of his true self.

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Director Bio

*Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller

Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller is a Queer mixed-race Palestinian Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. Her work explores themes of fragmented identity, isolation and connection through grounded “oh no, should I laugh?” comedy.



11 Nov, 2023 12:00 pm

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