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I heard my heartbeat:

Tutum tum, Tutum Tum, Tum Tututum, Tutum Tum

I know this rhythm, warm, growing. The cadence of a poem remembering its own pentameter.

Natarseen nalarzeen, Maa hame baahamasteem

This is a popular chant in Iranian protests, taking its beat from the metric counts of Persian epic poetry.

U _ _ , U _ _ , _ U U _ , U _ _

The prosody leads the way this poem is read. The rhythm echoes thousands of people marching down the streets of Tehran. Bodies in synch, voices in tune – a crowd in climax. Rhythm mirrors heartbeats, then one beat united, a movement…protest…revolution.

Na ekhtelaas na barjaam, Moghaavemat yek kalaam

Poetic, paternal, and harmonic. One voice shaped by thousands of bodies. A beat without an instrument to play it on. Occasional foot heels striking the ground, hands clapping to introduce a transition in tempo

They say history repeats itself; cyclical, monotonous and repetitive. Like chanting. A call for action and an abstraction, rising in collective objection with increasing fervor. Are they cultural weapons?

مرگ†بر†تو،†مرگ†بر†تو،†مرگ†بر†تو

The medium is… The medium is… Meaning is not just words, but the material qualities of the language and the execution of action (sharp as knives).

Streets become stages, activists turn into actors. These repeated rhyming couplets shouted in a call-and-response format make use of common prosodic strategies such as internal rhyme and assonance.

Iranee meemeerad, zellat nemeepazeerad.

We mimic each stressed syllable, internalize the prosody, and embody the segmentation of slogans. Our phonological awareness surpasses the ability to detect, segment, and manipulate the sounds in language. We are masters of rhythm, teachers of rhyme, poets of turmoil, and deliverers of the voice!

Maa bachehaye jangeem, bejang ta benajgeem

Translation, as a fundamental metaphor of our time, highlights the challenges posed through cultural, political, and linguistic fragmentation in a global setting.

clap, [rest], clap, [rest], clap, clap, clap

Translation, a means of transcending crossing borders can also be the act of bordering. It can create common understanding while at the same time identifying key differentiators. These chants remain Farsi, while letting the performers be the translators, the actors, and the remediators. Meaning is derived not from the meaning of the words, but from the physical and material elements of the words.

Marg [rest] bar[rest], dik taa tor!

The decades-long social revolution unfolding in slow bass percussion is one melody line.

Can you feel the beat? Can you hear the emotional impact of the phrase? Can you hear the urgency to create a repetitive pattern? Can you hear the old man shout in front his shop window? Can you feel the power?

“Because our societies have the illusion that they change quickly, because the past slips away forgotten, because identity is intolerable, we still refuse to accept this most plausible hypothesis: if our societies seem unpredictable, if the future is difficult to discern, it is perhaps quite simply because nothing happens. Except for the artificially created pseudo-events and chance violence that accompany the emplacement of repetitive society.”i

KHAAREJii explores the paradoxes within the act of translation as a mechanism that opens up a space between different cultures, while creating a space for misrepresentation and a border that sets dual settings such as source and target, center and periphery, local and foreign. It celebrates the impossibility and failure of translation and considers the alternatives in translation.

I See Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music, The University of Minnesota Press, 89-90

ii KHAAREJ in Farsi can be translated as: outside, foreign, out of tune/out of key (in music), outer, exterior, abroad, quotient (mathematics), and beyond.

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Join Oliver Husain in a deep dive artist talk on lenticular cinema, an invention dating back to the 1930s that uses thin vertical wires mounted in front of the screen to create a glasses-free 3D effect.

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 AT 7:00PM

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Wee Asian

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

Free programming dedicated to sparking joy, creativity, and fun for little ones and families to enjoy together. Short film selection includes winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 ISLE OF CHAIR.

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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 shares a map making activity with her little sister and Early Child Educator, Quincy Yee.

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, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 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
CBC Kids Host

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

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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A quick-and-easy exercise for you to test how our ticketing (powered by Elevent) works and how you can access the viewing portal (powered by CineSend)

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

Shorts
Discomfort Zone

From the mundane to the spectacular, our characters in these five films pave their own paths as some take matters into their own hands, while others come across new points of understanding and acceptance. Includes winner of WIFT-T Film Award, Reel Asian 2020 LOLA'S WAKE.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 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. Includes winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 일요일 (Sunday). 

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

Isle of Chair

Taiwan, U.K.20206 minutesNo dialogueAnimation, Experimental, Family-friendly, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director 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.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Canadian Spotlight

Canada2020Experimental

Every year, Reel Asian chooses to spotlight a Canadian filmmaker to showcase local talent and activate their work as part of festival programming, with screenings of the artist’s choice and deep-dive artist talks. This year, with the festival’s move to a digital platform, we are taking the opportunity to introduce innovative, non-traditional, experiential programming made with digital presentation and engagement in mind. Through the Canadian Spotlight, we hope to amplify artistic voices, support sustained engagement with interdisciplinary creative practices, and introduce new audiences to dynamic, contemporary media work.

The 2020 Canadian Spotlight features not one but three Canadian media artists who work at the intersections of experiential, experimental moving image and narrative. We are excited to bring on Oliver Husain, Sahar Te, and Howie Tsui, whose works are vibrant intersections of histories, narrative forms and creative methods. Their creative visions delight and challenge us, confront and comfort us, and indulge in narratives, forms and tools in exciting ways.

Digital Installations • Nov 1 – 19

Catch the experimental, interdisciplinary work of Husain, Te and Tsui any time on the Reel Asian website between Nov 1 – 19.

Artist Talks • Nov 13 – 15, 7 PM – 8 PM

Join Husain, Te and Tsui over the weekend as they deep dive into the creative process behind their featured work, their own creative pursuits and considerations as artists, and satisfy any unaddressed curiosities you might have through the live Q&A!

All Canadian Spotlight digital installations and live artist talks are free to the general public and can be accessed during the festival from this page on the Reel Asian website.

1 Nov, 2020

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French Exit

Catch Oliver Husain's Lenticular Lencture 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

Canadian Spotlight
Howie Tsui – GIF Roulette

Catch Howie Tsui's GIF Roulette this year at the festival, featuring a grid of GIFs in a digital installation, and an artist talk.

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

Canadian Spotlight
Sahar Te – KHAAREJ No. 3

Catch Sahar Te's KHAAREJ No. 3 this year at the festival, featuring a mixed media sound and text digital installation, and an artist talk.

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

Film Frenzy

Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, USA64 minEnglish and various languages with English subtitlesAction, Closed Captions, Comedy, Descriptive Captions, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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. Includes winners of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 RECEIVER and RONG.

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, Descriptive Captions, Horror, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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

Recognitions

AWARDS
Winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

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, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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

Recognitions

AWARDS
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

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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November 15, 2020 at 10am

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Canadian Spotlight
French Exit

Catch Oliver Husain's Lenticular Lencture 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

Canadian Spotlight
Canadian Spotlight

The 2020 Canadian Spotlight features not one but three Canadian media artists who work at the intersections of experiential, experimental moving image and narrative.

1 Nov. - 19 Nov.

Special Presentation
Festival Launch Party

We're kicking off ReelAsian24 with a bang!

6 Nov. 9:00 pm - 7 Nov. 12:10 am

Unsung Voices 9

Canada202023 minEnglish, French, Korean with English subtitlesAnimation, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

Four fearless emerging filmmakers embarked on a summer-long filmmaking journey online. We’re proud to present their world premiere here. Thanks to Jeff Yang, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, the casts of Kim’s Convenience and Fresh Off the Boat, and donors of the Kim’s Off The Boat fundraiser for supporting Unsung Voices this year. Includes winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 일요일 (Sunday).

일요일
Sunday

kim hayung Profile Image

Canada2020 4 minEnglish, Korean with English Subtitles World PremiereAnimation, Documentary, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

일요일 (Sunday) is a semi-autobiographical animation based on the filmmaker’s childhood memories of growing up within her father’s church.

Recognitions

AWARDS
Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020

Directors Bio

kim hayung

Born in Suncheon, South Korea, kim hayung is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Toronto.

How You See Me

Maryanna Chan Profile Image

Canada2020 5 minEnglish World PremiereAnimation, Documentary, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Navigating her thoughts on white beauty standards, a girl seeks to understand her relationship to them, and express the damaging effects and harm that fetishizing Asian women causes.

Director Bio

Maryanna Chan

Maryanna Chan is an illustrator from Saskatoon. She is currently studying scénographie in Montreal and is passionate about truthful storytelling.

Apprends-moi à disparaître
Teach Me How to Disappear

Angelina Guo Profile Image

Canada2020 8 minFrench with English Subtitles World PremiereDrama, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Torn between her mental illness and her desire for long standing love, a young woman named Maria tries to tame her self-destructive tendencies in an attempt to preserve her partner's affection.

Director Bio

Angelina Guo

Born in Montreal, Angelina Guo has earned a few prizes and a scholarship for her literary works. She is currently studying French literature at McGill University.

Homewater

Aidan Chan Profile Image

Canada2020 6 minEnglish World PremiereDrama

Rated PG

On a journey to a small island town, two city boys explore their shared love for fishing. Travelling alongside an ocean run of salmon, they find there is much more to discover about themselves.

Director Bio

Aidan Chan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Aidan Chan aims to bring people closer to their surrounding nature through film, music, and other forms of art.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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November 14, 2020 at 9PM

Stories at Work: Unsung Voices Mentors Fireside Chat

This fireside chat gathers together filmmaker mentors from Reel Asian’s 2020 Unsung Voices incubator to discuss what the building blocks of a good narrative are.

November 14, 2020 at 1PM

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Collective Memory

Each of these extraordinary films call upon the act of remembrance as important and timely work for community care, knowledge, and abundance. Includes winners of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 I BOUGHT A TIME MACHINE and I DREAM OF VANCOUVER.

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

Shorts
Film Frenzy

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. Includes winners of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 RECEIVER and RONG.

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

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, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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

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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, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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

AWARD
National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Short Film Award, Reel Asian 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 minKorean with English subtitlesNorth American PremiereDance, Drama, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner

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

AWARDS
Change Connect Award, Reel Asian 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

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A.K.A. Don Bonus

Cambodian-born Sokly “Don Bonus” Ny takes a Hi8 camcorder into his final year of high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, documenting intersecting events happening at school, at home, and amongst friends and family.

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

Canadian Spotlight
Sahar Te – KHAAREJ No. 3

Catch Sahar Te's KHAAREJ No. 3 this year at the festival, featuring a mixed media sound and text digital installation, and an artist talk.

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

Reel Ideas
A.K.A. Don Bonus Masterclass

This masterclass explores the narrative construction of A.K.A Don Bonus, contextualizing the film in its era but also situating it in contemporary conversation. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

17 Nov. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Safe Among Stars
安全在星中

USA20199 minEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesDrama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, 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

AWARD
National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Short Film Award, Reel Asian 2020

Director 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).

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

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

Director 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.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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