Wee Asian

Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, U.K., USAEnglish and Various Languages Action, Animation, Comedy, Dance, Experimental, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Free programming dedicated to sparking joy, creativity, and fun for little ones and families to enjoy together.

CREATE: Arts Channel

Coming soon to Reel Asian’s YouTube channel

Get your creativity on with these pre-recorded short and sweet arts activities led by our line-up of local artists:

Sam Dizon

Storyteller and origami artist Sam Dizon shows multiple ways one can play with and fold paper.

Anne Koizumi

Create your own self or family portrait with animator and arts-educator Anne Koizumi.

PUFF Paddy

Transform coffee filters into art with queer Asian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and arts educator, PUFF Paddy.

Sennah Yee

Author of My Day with Gong Gong (Annick Press), Sennah Yee and her sister share a map making activity.

WATCH: Short Films

A collection of shorts filled with wonder, love, and pure excitement that will surely resonate with audiences of all ages.

Emma Momoko Frew Profile Image

Canada20203 minutesNo DialogueAnimation, Comedy, Family-friendly, Women Filmmakers

Rated G

No matter what she tries, a bunny witch can’t seem to get her vegetable-themed broomstick to fly.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Forest City Film Festival, 2020
The Short Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Emma Momoko Frew

Emma Momoko Frew is a recent graduate of the Sheridan Animation program, she is currently working in the animation industry as a storyboard artist.

Justin Bruce Lee Profile Image

USA20206 minNo DialogueCanadian PremiereAction, Animation, Family, Family-friendly

Rated G

The pressure is on for Arthur to prove himself to his father at an upcoming martial arts competition.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Asian Film Festival LA, 2020
IndieX Film Fest, 2020
Silicon Valley Asian Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Justin Bruce Lee

Justin Bruce Lee graduated from San Jose State University majoring in animation/illustration with a focus on storyboarding. He is currently an associate storyboard artist for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Ivyy Chen Profile Image

Taiwan, U.K.20206 minutesNo dialogueAnimation, Experimental, Family-friendly, Women Filmmakers

Rated G

Gentle and mindfully aware, this contemplative animation wonders what happens when a chair falls on a secluded island.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
TAIS Animation Showcase, 2020
Encounters Film Festival, 2020
 
AWARDS
Best Animation, Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Ivyy Chen

Originally from Tainan, Taiwan, Ivyy Chen is an animation director and illustrator, currently living in London where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration Animation at Kingston University.

Jinuk Choi Profile Image

South Korea, USA20203 minNo DialogueCanadian PremiereAnimation, Family-friendly

Rated G

At night the magic happens when a wheelchair races against other toys in the hospital hallway.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Bucheon International Animation Film Festival, 2020
Spark Animation Film Festival, 2020
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Jinuk Choi

Jinuk Choi is a Korean filmmaker & artist based in New York City. Choi is interested in depicting the world from a child’s point of view and hopes his animations could bring people joy and happiness.

Angeline Vu, Arlene Bongco Profile Image

USA20206 minNo dialogueCanadian PremiereAnimation, Family, Family-friendly, Women Filmmakers

Rated G

Combining 2D animation with stop-motion, Felt Love is a touching story about the love between a mother and son.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Moscow Shorts, 2020
San Jose International Short Film Festival, 2020
 
AWARDS
Best Animated Short, Changing Face International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Angeline Vu, Arlene Bongco

Angeline Vu draws inspiration from her mom, three cats, and her jungle of a backyard, and is interested in both fairy tales and family tales.

Heartwarming narratives and handmade crafts inspire Arlene Bongco, who’s interested in exploring different roles in animation.

Beff Profile Image

South Korea201925 minNo Dialogue, Korean with English SubtitlesNorth American PremiereComedy, Dance, Family-friendly, Open Captions

Rated G

Bursting with joy and fantastic dance sequences, you’ll be sure to find yourself tapping along with Yuwol as he inspires (or infects) others to dance.

Cast

Sim Hyun-Seo

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Busan International Short Film Festival, 2019
Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, 2019
Seoul Independent Film Festival, 2019

Directors Bio

Beff

Born in Seoul, Beff (aka Byungyun Lee) grew up in the States making home movies with his 8mm camcorder, writing songs for piano, and drawing cartoons.

Bonus content!

Tony Kim of CBC Kids chats with our Wee Asian filmmakers about their films. Included with the Wee Asian Shorts Programme on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

Tony Kim
Q&A Moderator

Tony Kim is an actor, voice actor and current host of CBC Kids and The Studio K Show. He has always had a passion for performing and entertaining and the bustling acting scenes in both Vancouver (where he was born and raised) and Toronto (where he currently based) has undoubtedly continued to stoke that fire! As a lover of film and the theatrical arts, he is not only thrilled that asian representation in media is increasing, but is proud that he is part of that equation and hopefully inspiring younger POC to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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Shorts
Side by Side

Starting from a place of silence, these five films poignantly position the ways intergenerational trauma is held and healing can begin.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
In Relation

In a world that feels ever so divisive, these three documentaries take a closer look at what it means to create new pathways for community mobilizing, recognize shortcomings of identity markers, and acknowledge the solidarity work that remains undone.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Collective Memory

Each of these extraordinary films call upon the act of remembrance as important and timely work for community care, knowledge, and abundance.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

First Born

USA20206 minNo DialogueCanadian PremiereAction, Animation, Family, Family-friendly

Rated G

The pressure is on for Arthur to prove himself to his father at an upcoming martial arts competition.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Asian Film Festival LA, 2020
IndieX Film Fest, 2020
Silicon Valley Asian Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Justin Bruce Lee

Justin Bruce Lee graduated from San Jose State University majoring in animation/illustration with a focus on storyboarding. He is currently an associate storyboard artist for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Film Frenzy

Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, USA64 minEnglish and various languages with English subtitlesAction, Closed Captions, Comedy, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Thriller, Women Filmmakers

A retired hitman, telephone counselor, Ronggeng dancer, and pug take the lead in these four cult-worthy shorts that are bound to make you question everything you thought you knew.

The Last Ferry From Grass Island
島嶼故事

Linhan Zhang 張林翰 Profile Image

Hong Kong, USA2020 14 minCantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesToronto PremiereDrama, Open Captions

Rated 14A
CW: Guns

Our focus shifts from the oversaturated cityscape of Hong Kong to the mundane, yet peaceful fisherman’s life of a retired hitman. When his apprentice arrives unannounced, will the tranquility last?

Cast

Tai Bo 太保
Wang Yang 汪洋

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Tribeca Film Festival, 2020
Cannes Cinéfondation, 2020
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, 2020
Calgary International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Linhan Zhang 張林翰

Linhan Zhang 張林翰 is a film and television undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a 2017-2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow, and a recipient of the 2019 Adobe Creativity Scholarship.

Receiver

Cavan Campbell Profile Image

Canada2020 15 minEnglish with English Subtitles World PremiereClosed Captions, Horror, Thriller

Rating 14A
CW: Psychological horror, Manipulation

Addressing the harm racialized women as professional and informal caregivers face and can internalize, Tahirih Vejdani delivers a resonating performance as Sriyani, an overtaxed social care worker.

Cast

Tahirih Vejdani
David Tompa

Directors Bio

Cavan Campbell

Raised on Prince Edward Island by his Island father, a painter, and his Sri Lankan mother, a writer, Cavan Campbell has worked on It, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and Star Trek: Discovery.

RONG

Indira Iman Profile Image

Indonesia2019 13 minIndonesian with English subtitlesCanadian PremiereFantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Thriller, Women Filmmakers

Rating 18A
CW: Sexual assault and violence, Genital mutilation

Blending Indonesian tradition and culture with fantasy and mysticism, RONG is a terrifying yet satisfying take on a girl who walks home alone at night as the hunted becomes the hunter.

Cast

Maryam Supraba
Ancoeamar

Directors Bio

Indira Iman

Indira Iman is a director and writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, who believes film can inspire social change.

Bow-wow
멍멍, 바우와우, 와프와프

Hyungnam Pak 박형남 Profile Image

South Korea2019 22 minKorean with English SubtitlesInternational PremiereComedy, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Open Captions

Rated PG

If three dogs who dabble with dog-ception to save their fellow four-legged friend isn’t enticing enough, it’s also a musical with some animation and features Donggyu Lee, the Korean Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cast

Kang Chan
Lee Donggyu
Park Shinyoung
Ko Hyungkyung

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Hyungnam Pak 박형남

Born in 1990, Hyungnam Pak is a film major at the Korea National University of Arts. His previous films include Sailing A Paper Boat and When We Meet Us.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Live online Q&A with special guests

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November 15, 2020 at 10am

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Canadian Spotlight
Oliver Husain – Lenticular Lencture

Catch Oliver Husain's Lenticular Lecture this year at the festival, featuring a digital installation of "French Exit" and an artist talk.

1 Nov. 12:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Reel Ideas
CBC Digital Spaces

Join the CBC as they discuss new opportunities and methods for pitching digital content. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

16 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Shorts
Unsung Voices 9

Four fearless emerging filmmakers embarked on a summer-long filmmaking journey online. We’re proud to present their world premiere here.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Resurgence

Canada, China, South Korea, USA202055 minutesEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesAction, Animation, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Sci-fi, Women Filmmakers

Abundant with hope, desire, and resiliency, all six of these films make a statement to queer histories, presents, and futures—in front of and behind the screen.

Reviving The Roost

Vivek Shraya Profile Image

Canada2019 6 minEnglishAnimation, Experimental, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is about community complexity and longing—an elegy to a lost space as much as it is director Vivek Shraya’s ode to a closed popular Edmonton gay bar.

Director Bio

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. She is also the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books.

Bind

Emory Chao Johnson Profile Image

USA2019 3 minEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesInternational Premiere Drama, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers

Rated PG

Though brief and contained, Bind provides an extensive glimpse into the trans Asian diaspora when Jules is confronted by a surprise visit from their mother with their chest binder.

Cast

Hua Chai
Kate Chang

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Frameline, 2020
NewFilmmakers LA, 2020
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Emory Chao Johnson

Emory Chao Johnson is a MFA film student at the University of California. They were a Trans Filmmaking Fellow on director Sam Feder’s Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen in 2018 and an intern on director Lisa Leeman’s Trans*Formed in 2019.

Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim Profile Image

Canada20203 minEnglishDocumentary, Experimental, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

An unapologetic statement about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, 2020
Social Justice Film Festival, 2020
Asian American International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is my favorite movie. Fight me.” Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim is a Toronto-born, U.S.-raised filmmaker, dog mom, and aspiring graphic novelist passionate about empowering marginalized communities through art.

Super Zee

Nathalie Younglai Profile Image

Canada20187 minEnglishAction, Comedy, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

This action-comedy short features Sedina Fiati as Super Zee, a kickbutt queer Black superhero who swoops in to save her crush from the microaggressions at the office.

Cast

Sedina Fiati
Christina Song
Kevan Kase

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Outfest Fusion, 2020
Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, 2020
Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2019

Directors Bio

Nathalie Younglai

TV writer and director, Trini Chinese provocateur, and founder of BIPOC TV & Film, Nathalie Younglai hauled her parents to the Daytime Emmys after being nominated for her writing on “Dino Dana.” She supports Black Lives Matter.

Safe Among Stars
安全在星中

Jess X. Snow Profile Image

USA20199 minEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesDrama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Sci-fi

Rated 14A

Filled with evocative imagery, this queer futuristic short follows Jia, who develops the ability to teleport when she dissociates and must learn how to control her powers.

Cast

Poppy Liu
Lea Cai
Vera Lam

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Blackstar Film Festival, 2020
Outfest Fusion, 2020
CAAMfest, 2020
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Jess X. Snow

Jess X. Snow is a director, artist, poet and community arts educator creating queer Asian immigrant stories that transcend borders, binaries, and time. They are currently a guest on the unceded traditional land of the Lenape people (Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY).

God’s Daughter Dances
신의 딸은 춤을 춘다

Sungbin Byun 변성빈 Profile Image

South Korea202025 minEnglish and Korean with English subtitlesNorth American PremiereDance, Drama, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions

Rated 14A
CW: Transphobic comments

Shin-mi, a dancer, bravely faces forward with grace and style as she takes the physical examination at the Military Manpower Administration.

Cast

Choi Haejun
Kim Wookyum
Lim Hojun

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Sungbin Byun 변성빈

Born in 1991, Sungbin Byun studied film, TV & multimedia and eastern philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University. His films Horn (2014), The Chicken of Wuzuh (2015), and Hands and Wings (2018) have screened at festivals internationally.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Live online Q&A with special guests

Join us in conversation with directors and special guests in attendance! ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 13, 2020 at 8PM

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Features
Goodbye Mother

Son of a prominent family in Vietnam, Van returns from America for the first time in nine years with his partner, Ian. Coming back to a community with expectations of patriarchy and legacy, Van tries to find the right moment to tell his mother, Mrs. Hanh, about his love for Ian.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

A cowardly horse robbery ends in murder, leaving a boy fatherless and his family in disarray. When the boy’s mother is forced to move the family out of their village, a mysterious man arrives who might be able to help restore order. What may appear to us as a “Western,” with its familiar framing of vast vistas and sublime steppes, is really a story about fractured families and survival in the wake of violence.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
I Do My Work

Students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music gather for the start of the school day. They laugh, practice, and take tests while preparing for a concert celebrating 100 years of Afghanistan's independence. Ranging from five-year-olds to young adults, some are middle-class kids and others are orphans, and they come from Afghanistan's many ethnic groups.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Super Zee

Canada20187 minEnglishAction, Comedy, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

This action-comedy short features Sedina Fiati as Super Zee, a kickbutt queer Black superhero who swoops in to save her crush from the microaggressions at the office.

Cast

Sedina Fiati
Christina Song
Kevan Kase

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Outfest Fusion, 2020
Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, 2020
Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2019

Director Bio

Nathalie Younglai

TV writer and director, Trini Chinese provocateur, and founder of BIPOC TV & Film, Nathalie Younglai hauled her parents to the Daytime Emmys after being nominated for her writing on “Dino Dana.” She supports Black Lives Matter.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South KoreaEnglish and Various Languages Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Experimental, Horror, Thriller

Caught in a standstill, these films follow the choices made and risks taken by characters to impel even the smallest of pivots.

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Features
I Do My Work

Students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music gather for the start of the school day. They laugh, practice, and take tests while preparing for a concert celebrating 100 years of Afghanistan's independence. Ranging from five-year-olds to young adults, some are middle-class kids and others are orphans, and they come from Afghanistan's many ethnic groups.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Features
Goodbye Mother

Son of a prominent family in Vietnam, Van returns from America for the first time in nine years with his partner, Ian. Coming back to a community with expectations of patriarchy and legacy, Van tries to find the right moment to tell his mother, Mrs. Hanh, about his love for Ian.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Reel Ideas
The Function Of Festival In Crisis

This panel brings together programmers from festivals and ARCs to discuss the radical possibilities and limitations of arts programming and its relationship and responsibility to socio-political events. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

18 Nov. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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