Program 12: Canadian Shorts


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In this program


Directed by Ray Savaya

Tensions arise when a couple discusses how to name their newborn child and realize the impact of their decision.

The Nisei

Directed by Joshua Maikawa

A documentary about the grandparents of filmmaker Joshua Maikawa, Frank and Susan Maikawa, and their experiences as second generation Japanese Canadians.

Single Asian Male

Directed by Steven Burley

Sam, a mid-thirties LGBT Asian male enjoys a drink at a bar, and spots someone he is attracted to. He must decide if he wants to face the risk of rejection again, or simply call it a day and accept that he might remain single… forever.


Directed by Meelad Moaphi

With an impending threat looming over his life, a poor widower has decided to sell his infant son to an anonymous woman who can give it a home. He plans to use the money to escape town with his young daughter. Minutes before their scheduled departure, he insists on seeing the adoptive mother as he confronts a sudden change of heart.

Not Alone

Directed by Roger Yue

In the middle of the night, Hani Chen is sound asleep in her bed. She suddenly hears a series of clicking noises coming from the living room, however, no one appears to be in the apartment. Despite feeling terrified, Hani proceeds to go back to sleep when something unexpected happens.

The Conversation

Directed by Brian Nguyen

A young man is lying on the beach. Through flashbacks, we see him asking for help and being rejected. He tries to grab a loaf of bread from another homeless man and is shoved to the ground. No one will help him.

Day Break

Directed by Louisa Phung

A young woman, who while finishing a paper in the early hours of the morning, falls deep into sleep paralysis.


Directed by Sebastian Ortiz

Thomas faces off against Death in a game of chess. Literally playing for his life, this is a regular occurrence for Thomas as he oftens finds himself pitted against Death in this game of strategy. After a seemingly endless match, Thomas comes out on top, as usual.

Deep Take

Directed by Norman Yi Li

After sitting through dozens of takes and countless result directions, Echo, an actress, confronts her director Magnus. To convince Echo to stay, Magnus confesses to her that his fastidious directing was to recreate his deceased lover through Echo’s performance. Echo is touched by his story and delivers a heartbreaking performance with one minor imperfection – she laces her fingers the wrong way. However, she soon discovers something about him that is truly shocking.

Thicker Than Water

Directed by Joshua Lam

Siblings Justin and Katie are at odds when finding a long lost photo journal with their father’s last written words inside. Justin hides the Chinese character’s meanings from Katie. After clashing at a dollar store, they meet at their father’s home office, revealing Justin’s troubled relationship with his father.

Grandma’s 80th Surprise

Directed by Curtis Lum, Fola Evans-Akingbola

On the day of his Grandma’s 80th birthday party, a respectful young man, Curtis, prepares to introduce his mixed-race girlfriend, Ella, to his formidable family matriarch, Grandma Lily. Miscommunication, panic and terror ensue as Curtis is forced to confront his rigid family traditions, and finally reveal the terrible news to his Grandma – the woman he loves is not Chinese.

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