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International Shorts: In Search of Purpose and Value

  • 48 mins

This program is available to watch for the duration of the festival (Nov 11 – Nov 13, 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

Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait

Directed by Victoria Fistes

When Japanese chef Yoshinori Ishii is dismayed by the quality of fresh fish in London, he takes it upon himself to investigate and transform local fishing practices. His skill, ethics and passion spark a fishing revolution in the United Kingdom.

Solo Trekker

Directed by Chang Jing Ye

Up in the mountains at night, a young logger who illegally cuts down Formosan cypress trees meets a middle-aged solo trekker who broke his leg after falling off a cliff. The trekker offers the young man ten times the price of a Formosan cypress to carry him down the mountain.


Directed by Yuki Takashima

A few years have passed since society collapsed due to the coronavirus. Gang members living in an abandoned building along a railway are barely scraping by, and they obtain medical-grade N95 masks with the intention of selling them at a high price. Just when they are about to put them up for sale, they get an unexpected visitor…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Directed by Shiyue Xu

Blessed with discovering his love for music, Tommy grew up with a passion. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was the first song that he learned. Easy to learn and can be adapted to fit the different tones that are the different phases of Tommy’s life. This melody accompanied Tommy’s life from the beginning until it becomes Di Di Di….

My Name (RYN)

Directed by Anand Pavamani

Reclaim Your Name Campaign: “My name” is the story of award winning actor and writer Sugith Varughese’s name,…