Index of Shorts

Discover an exciting new generation of filmmakers through our shorts program, showcasing the knotty nature of the timely and enduring, the political and the personal, the spectral and physical, and the factual and fictional, in international standouts, experimental animations, slow burns, and lush pleasures.

A Sand on the Seafloor

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A Sand on the Seafloor

Directed by Joo young (Judy) Kim
A filmmaker and dancer’s collaborative meditation on patience. In a minute, a moment, eternity—the crashing of the waves,…

Afterimages

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Afterimages

Directed by Bryan Sih
Take a seat at the table for a family dinner to remember, featuring a hungry ghost who refuses…

Americanized

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Americanized

Directed by Erica Eng
A Chinese American teen in Oakland struggles to find a place on her basketball team and community. Facing…

An Invitation

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An Invitation

Directed by Hao Zhao, Yeung Tung
A boy from mainland China visits his estranged father in Hong Kong to apply for a permanent identity…

An Uninterrupted View of the Sea

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An Uninterrupted View of the Sea

Directed by Mika Yatsuhashi
With incredible access to archival government documents and home video, filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi delivers a biting look at…

Anita

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Anita

Directed by Sushma Khadepaun
Anita returns to India for her sister’s wedding, with news that she has landed an internship opportunity with…

Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

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Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura
"Sid Vicious loved our fried rice!" Atomic Cafe was the rowdy Little Tokyo post-show destination for punks in…

Beyond the Lake My Sister Sleeps

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Beyond the Lake My Sister Sleeps

Directed by AnQi Yu, Mel Guo
How else to explain to a child the pervasive nature of death in the family? A young boy…

Blue Land

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Blue Land

Directed by Keem Youngle
A speculative essay-film that writes the Smurfs into seminal moments of the past hundred years of Korean history,…

Butterfly Food

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Butterfly Food

Directed by Katherine Kwon
An exploration of South Korean beauty standards, which are much harsher than what appears to the eye.

Cheyenne

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Cheyenne

Directed by Rich Underwood
A moving and inspiring portrait of a young woman’s search for a kidney, and the loved ones and…

Chimera

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Chimera

Directed by Eileen Yoon
Across time and continents, two stories of Ayeon gently echo each other but are unable to fully align.

chinese cabbage flowers in yīngélìshì

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chinese cabbage flowers in yīngélìshì

Directed by Yifan Xu
An audio-visual blossom of a short, in which the accidental discovery of dried cabbage flowers in Mel Y.…

Closed on Sunday

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Closed on Sunday

Directed by Natalie Kimm
Three perspectives on Chick-fil-A’s opposition to the LGBTQ+ community and how this stance reflects their lives as consumers…

Dancing On My Own

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Dancing On My Own

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
In this autobiographical mix of documentary and fiction, queer Asians find belonging and inspiration at New York's radical…

Day is Done

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Day is Done

Directed by Zhang Dalei
Shortly before moving to Russia, a young filmmaking student visits his grandfather with his parents, in a short…

Dear Angie

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Dear Angie

Directed by Abel Guan
A mother prepares to leave the country and her daughter behind for reasons not so clear. Emotions run…

Diverse

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Diverse

Directed by Jenifar Mansoor
Youth from different backgrounds come together to discuss and celebrate cultural diversity in their neighborhood of El Cajon.

Dog Story

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Dog Story

Directed by Grace Zhang
A hauntingly shot coming-of-age film about Jo, twice othered, gender-fluid and Asian, acting out fantasies with their friend…

Errand

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Errand

Directed by Youngwoo Lee
On their way home from school, two siblings run strange errands for their mother. A charming look at…

Everything Stays

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Everything Stays

Directed by Cole Bacani
Though family bonds are woven strong, Gabe deliberates the heartbreaking decision to break the ties that bind and…

FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT

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FITNESS! or a story about SWEAT

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
With the deliciously offbeat humor of a laggy music video stream, here comes a woman’s fitness journey in…

F1-100

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F1-100

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Documentation of an international student’s gender transition interlaces his return to his more conservative home country of Malaysia.…

force

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force

Directed by Jennie MaryTai Liu, Simon Liu
A parable about control and an emanant vision of a changing people and place. Mesmerizing images coupled with…

Forever Tonight

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Forever Tonight

Directed by Swetha Regunathan
In this glittering short, an Indian American teenager sneaks out of the house to attend an outdoor prom…

Fugetsu-Do

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Fugetsu-Do

Directed by Kaia Rose
A loving look at mochi through four generations of the Kito family’s legendary shop in LA, which survived…

Georgia

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Georgia

Directed by Jayil Pak
​​A font, a place, and a reckoning: in their quest for justice after her untimely death, the parents…

Girl In The Water

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Girl In The Water

Directed by Shi-Rou Huang
In this hand-drawn animation, a woman’s body abstracts and expands as she nurses the wounds of heartbreak.

God’s Daughter Dances

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God’s Daughter Dances

Directed by Sungbin Byun
A dancer struggles to get an exemption from military service, discovering movement’s liberatory power.

Golden Jubilee

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Golden Jubilee

Directed by Suneil Sanzgiri
Wandering through virtual halls of an ancestral home in Goa, 16mm direct animation, digital renderings, and surveillance technologies…

Gone Camping

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Gone Camping

Directed by Emily Kim
An awkward teen must decide between hanging out with her cool teenage friends, or camping with her boob-poking…

Happy Valley

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Happy Valley

Directed by Simon Liu
An emotional handkerchief waving in the wind. The raw urgency of a place both dissolving and persevering before…

Hawaiian Soul

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Hawaiian Soul

Directed by ʻĀina Paikai
The legacy of Hawaiian musician and land defender George Jarrett Helm lives on in contemporary Indigenous movements and…

How to Die Young in Manila

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How to Die Young in Manila

Directed by Petersen Vargas
A teenage boy follows a group of young hustlers—believing one of them to be his anonymous hookup—only to…

How To Stop Being Chinese

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How To Stop Being Chinese

Directed by Isaac Kau
Three young women follow a five-part guide evoking Chinese superstitions in their attempt to disconnect themselves from over…

Learning Tagalog With Kayla

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Learning Tagalog With Kayla

Directed by Kayla Abuda Galang
Beginning with conversational phrases and common expressions, Kayla lets the world know that although she’s stuck at home,…

Lemongrass Girl

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Lemongrass Girl

Directed by Pom Bunsermvicha
Filmic documentation on the set of Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Come Here twists to fiction, through the story of a…

Like You Know It All

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Like You Know It All

Directed by Ji-Yoon Park
A conversation with a suicide hotline worker in South Korea plays over footage of everyday life. Text, image,…

Lion on the Mat

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Lion on the Mat

Directed by Asail Echols
A badass Vietnamese American woman finds strength and healing through the power of Jiu Jitsu.

Little Sky

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Little Sky

Directed by Jess X. Snow
A love letter to queer Asian youth who may be struggling to navigate their own family dynamics while…

Love, All

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Love, All

Directed by Hayne Lim
A passionate student athlete details the story of how he fell in love with tennis, and the lessons…

Mahålang

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Mahålang

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown
From a cold and grey NYC, choreographer and dancer Caili Quan pays tribute to Guam, the island home…

Money Cat

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Money Cat

Directed by Connor Kurth, Thomas Ireton
A couple turns to a mysterious Money Cat to help solve their financial problems, but their actions come…

Mountain Lodge

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Mountain Lodge

Directed by Jordan Wong
A jagged desktop space-time orbits a Tumblr dedicated to Yankee Candle’s “Mountain Lodge” scent, evoking the absolutely absurd…

My Quarantine Bear

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My Quarantine Bear

Directed by Weijia Ma
After France goes into lockdown, an animation student decides to return to China. There she encounters a different…

Never Rest/Unrest

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Never Rest/Unrest

Directed by Tiffany Sia
How do you consume the disintegration of a society from afar? Often, in the same ways as locals…

Night Bus

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Night Bus

Directed by Joe Hsieh
In this hand-drawn animation, secrets lurk behind shuttered eyelids as motley few ride the last bus of the…

off (I don’t know when to stop)

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off (I don’t know when to stop)

Directed by Erica Sheu
A quarantine moment, when objects, shadows, motion, and time look anew, all within the confines of home.

On the Grind

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On the Grind

Directed by Maurice-John Cardoza
Three young entrepreneurs—a barber, jewelry designer, and clothes thrifter—talk about what it means to be a small business…

Once Upon a Screen: Explosive paradox

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Once Upon a Screen: Explosive paradox

Directed by Kevin B. Lee
Kevin B. Lee focuses his inimitable curiosity on a BevMo! that was once an AMC, where he saw…

Open One’s Mouth

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Open One’s Mouth

Directed by Akane Murata
Material pigments, mud pigments, and metallic foil animate the textures and temperaments of the every day and elsewhere.

Overcast

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Overcast

Directed by Mikayla Kim
Asian American youth discuss how their upbringing influenced their relationship to mental health, while exploring growing up in…

pài-la̍k ē-poo

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pài-la̍k ē-poo

Directed by Erica Sheu
A splash of fresh Saturday under the sun, and a Viewfinder haze of serial sweets delight in this…

Post Office

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Post Office

Directed by Courtney Loo, David Karp
Conflicting experiences of being Chinese in America clash when a mother and her children encounter a young girl…

Reliving the Past by Sea

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Reliving the Past by Sea

Directed by Caitlin Ann Shieh
Found film strips undergo decomposition by vinegar, mud, cheese, nato beans, beer, and kimchi, and project a vision…

Remedy

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Remedy

Directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan
In the Philippines, funeral halls ring with the howls of professional mourners. Under her mother’s tutelage, Mona trains…

Revolution Day

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Revolution Day

Directed by Pita Birkbeck
Follow City Heights activists on Revolution Day, as they take back July 4th and independence for themselves and…

Rumi and His Roses

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Rumi and His Roses

Directed by Navid Sinaki
A memory of first queer love furtively housed in DVD menus as love poems. An opaque and pixelated…

She Leaves

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She Leaves

Directed by Chu Hoi Ying
A young woman’s retired parents want to leave Hong Kong, but their daughter is hesitant to join them…

Show Me Other Places

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Show Me Other Places

Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe
A woman travels to a multitude of virtual reality-scapes, both “real” and digitally rendered: a waterfall at night,…

Something You’ve Never Told Me

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Something You’ve Never Told Me

Directed by Katie Colosimo
Old friends on a weekend getaway have some old tensions to attend to.

Sorry for the Inconvenience

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Sorry for the Inconvenience

Directed by Jane Chow
Things to do today: study for your learner’s permit? Check. Rehearse for Zoom theater production of The Tempest?…

Squish!

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Squish!

Directed by Tulapop Saenjaroen
An anarchic, explosive celebration of the metaphysical characteristics of slime. And by extension, all things #oddlypleasurable.

Strawberry Cheesecake

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Directed by Siyou Tan
Behind a cloud of pastel colored vape smoke, three teen girls in Singapore plot against their overly strict…

SummerWinterSummer

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SummerWinterSummer

Directed by Thy Tran
Struggling to deal with his lover’s disappearance, Duy’s string of online hookups takes him to darker places than…

Sunrise in My Mind

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Sunrise in My Mind

Directed by Danech San
A languid love story between a delivery boy and a hair salon worker. What cannot be said between…

Swingin’

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Swingin’

Directed by Guo Shang-Sing
After a young boy is bullied for having gay dads, his stepfather is forced to confront his own…

Taking it Back

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Taking it Back

Directed by Mia Gonzalez
A look at the effects of misogyny through the stories of two young girls: a skater and tarot…

The Cup

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The Cup

Directed by Lam Li Shuen, Mark Chua
In stark black and white, a creature, part-man, part-machine, drifts through his day. With nowhere to go and…

The Fourfold

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The Fourfold

Directed by Alisi Telengut
In this stunning stop-motion animation, paint, moss, and glitter become milk, water, fire— spiritual offerings as images, which…

The Leaf

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The Leaf

Directed by William J. Zang
With the film industry decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a San Francisco filmmaker weighs an emotional decision to…
Masters

The Night

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The Night

Directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Director Tsai Ming-liang films Hong Kong by night, through empty passageways shimmering with nocturnal bustle and ghostly reverberations.…

The Secret Life of Lance Mah

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The Secret Life of Lance Mah

Directed by James Mah
A Darth Vader cosplayer shares his thoughts on volunteerism, fandom, and community through his work with the San…

The Trees Ahead

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The Trees Ahead

Directed by Yuta Yamaguchi
Through movement, poetry, and sound, film becomes a walking meditation. Take a breath.

There Was Nobody Here We Knew

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There Was Nobody Here We Knew

Directed by Khaula Malik
In this possible-documentary about possible aliens, a Pakistani couple in quarantine bicker and ruminate about extraterrestrial and terrestrial…

Three Missing Letters

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Three Missing Letters

Directed by H. Lan Thao Lam, Lana Lin
Snail mail becomes a stranger-than-fiction speculative site in this experimental documentary, which reimagines three lost letters from a…

To Know Her

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To Know Her

Directed by Natalie A. Chao
In this poetic-associative investigation of the blank shape called ‘mommy,’ a young woman grapples with her mother’s memory…

to live here

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to live here

Directed by Melanie Dang Ho
Between Vietnam and New Orleans, in the wake of diaspora and disaster, one asks: where is here, and…

we didn’t see it as a tidal wave

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we didn’t see it as a tidal wave

Directed by Gi (Ginny) Huo, Saif Al-Sobaihi
A super 8 stop motion film that uses family archives from the first Mormon to be baptized in…

Yoshida Nobuo

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Yoshida Nobuo

Directed by Kenichiro Tanaka
In the near future, fashionable freedom fighters battle the deadly and repressive forces of SOMA. You’ll swear you…

婦人 (Fujin)

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婦人 (Fujin)

Directed by Rachel Nakawatase
Glimmering with private dreams and the gentle pulses of communal care, Rachel Nakawatase films her great-grandmother and Aunties…