Best of VAFF25 Shorts Program

  • 98 mins


  • ALL VAFF ON DEMAND rentals are available to watch for the duration of the Best of VAFF25 (Nov 19 – Nov 26, 2021) after purchase. However, once you press play to start watching a film, you have 24 hours to finish watching. Only accessible by viewers anywhere in CANADA.

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In this program

In the Shadow of the Pines

Directed by Anne Koizumi

In the Shadow of the Pines is an animated short documentary about a difficult father-daughter relationship. Drawing on childhood memories, filmmaker Anne Koizumi explores her upbringing with her Japanese immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended.


Directed by Lee Shorten

Makoto, a Japanese-American single mother struggles to reconcile with her estranged father, Musashi, following his recent release from prison. But Musashi’s former life as an enforcer for the Yakuza casts a long shadow over both their lives, and history has a way of repeating itself.


Directed by Brian Cheung

TRAILBLAZN is a documentary giving us a unique glimpse into the creative worlds and minds of several Asian Canadian artists and musical pioneers based in Vancouver, Canada. We follow Gerry Sung AKA. Scope G, as he spearheads the creation of a collaborative musical track called TRAILBLAZN ft. Paulskratch, Nancy Lee, Kapa Arkieh, and Nyukyung.

Mr. James Is Dead

Directed by Daniel Irving, Josh Aries

Tom attends his estranged father’s funeral only to find out that his father was a spy all along, and that his funeral is full of villains—of all shapes and sizes—from his past.

To Make Ends Meat

Directed by Kimberly Ho

To Make Ends Meat 心頭肉 chronicles the closure of a Chinese-style sausage factory through the eyes of one of its workers, Chung Ho. When the property is sold, he begins to reflect on his memories as an employee of Wing Wing Co., and to reconsider his place in Chinatown.

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