Section

Shorts

Free, Narratives, Shorts

和 / HARMONY

Film

和 / HARMONY

Directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa
Sara Tanaka is a young, ambitious businesswoman who works for a large downtown firm. However, her father Jiro…
Chinese, Documentaries, Free, Mental Health, Shorts

奶奶 (NAI NAI)

Film

奶奶 (NAI NAI)

Directed by Wyatt Wu
Chinese immigrant grandmother, Chu-Ming Wu, has always been a woman in control. But her grasp of reality and…
Documentaries, Shorts

24-HOUR WORKDAY

Film

24-HOUR WORKDAY

Directed by Zishun Ning
How can 24-hour workdays exist in the 21st century? In the progressive state of New York, many home…
Documentaries, Korean, Shorts

6,000 MILES

Film

6,000 MILES

Directed by Dawn Suhyun Shim
After 30 years of indifference, an estranged mother decides to participate in her daughter's passion for photography in…
Chinese, Narratives, Shorts

A DAUGHTER

Film

A DAUGHTER

Directed by Stephanie Cheng
A young girl in Beijing discovers a family secret that shatters her seemingly idyllic world.
Narratives, Shorts

AFTEREARTH

Film

AFTEREARTH

Directed by Jess X. Snow
As rising sea levels threaten the loss of their motherland in Hawai’i, the Philippines, China, and North America,…
Free, Local, Narratives, Shorts

AMERICAN GIRL

Film

AMERICAN GIRL

Directed by Martin Tran
When the time comes to put away childish things...
Narratives, Shorts

AN AMERICAN FAMILY

Film

AN AMERICAN FAMILY

Directed by Kieu-Anh Truong
An African American mother, her teenage son, and their immigrant Filipina tenant form an unorthodox family over quiet…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

ANDROMEDA

Film

ANDROMEDA

Directed by Emily Dean
Through her friendship with a little girl, an android learns what it truly means to be alive.
Free, Narratives, Shorts

ARRIVAL

Film

ARRIVAL

Directed by Kelly Li
A young woman retraces familiar steps and prepares to deal with a secret that will change her life…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

BIGMAN BUSINESSMAN

Film

BIGMAN BUSINESSMAN

Directed by Clarisse Chua
Mr. Bigman, a businessman, just doesn't quite fit into corporate life.
Cham, Documentaries, Indian, Local, Mental Health, Narratives, Shorts

BRING IT HOME (SHORTS)

Program

BRING IT HOME (SHORTS)

Organic, locally grown films about the Pacific Northwest. Co-presented by International Examiner and ACRS
Chinese, Documentaries, Filipino, Indian, Korean, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts, Vietnamese

CALL YOUR MOM (SHORTS)

Program

CALL YOUR MOM (SHORTS)

A collection of films that will make you want to call your mom. Co-presented by Seattle Pro Musica and TrikoneNW
Local, Narratives, Shorts

CIVIL

Film

CIVIL

Directed by Stephen Takashima
A black door-to-door salesman struggles to make his first sale when he spots a Confederate flag hanging on…
Narratives, Shorts

COLOR

Film

COLOR

Directed by Youngran Nho
Everything changes when an artistic little girl realizes not everyone is as keen as she is to draw…
Chinese, Free, Narratives, Shorts

COWBOY JOE

Film

COWBOY JOE

Directed by JINGJING TIAN
In NYC, a Chinese American cowboy grapples with his identity and stands up to this father for the…
LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts

EVERYTHING’S GREAT!

Film

EVERYTHING’S GREAT!

Directed by Linnea Ritland
An awkward 20-something lesbian bounces between a not-relationship relationship and her alcoholic-dad-soaked home life, seeking stability in others…
Chinese, Documentaries, Free, Korean, Mental Health, Narratives, Shorts

FAMILY PORTRAITS (FREE SHORTS)

Program

FAMILY PORTRAITS (FREE SHORTS)

The joys and heartaches of being part of a family. Free programs are first come, first seated. Seating...
Narratives, Shorts

FRESH AIR

Film

FRESH AIR

Directed by Katherine Tolentino
Ann has spent her life devoted to her husband Charles. A loyal and religious woman, she takes pride…
Documentaries, Local, Mental Health, Shorts

GAPS

Film

GAPS

Directed by Peter Trinh
We don't talk about mental health in the Asian community. This is particularly true of Alzheimer’s disease which…
Free, Local, Narratives, Shorts

HERE WE STAY

Film

HERE WE STAY

Directed by Joon Kim
A man desperate to sell his deceased mother's house finds that his childhood home has other plans for…
Chinese, Free, Narratives, Shorts

HYPHEN

Film

HYPHEN

Directed by King Lu
Jeremy Li, a 23-year-old Chinese American, visits his grandparents in China for the first time on his own.…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

Film

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

Directed by Mathew Nelson
A man volunteers for an experiment to test artificial intelligence in driverless cars.
Narratives, Shorts

INVINCIBLE BOY

Film

INVINCIBLE BOY

Directed by Julian Park
A wildly imaginative and kind-hearted boy’s mission to become a superhero is challenged when his optimistic view of…
Chinese, Narratives, Shorts

IRON HANDS

Film

IRON HANDS

Directed by Johnson Cheng
As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final tryout for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team,…
Documentaries, Japanese, Shorts

JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN

Film

JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN

Directed by Cory Shiozaki
Jeff Imada was a pre-med student at UCLA before an opportunity to work as an extra on a…
Chinese, Documentaries, Free, Shorts

KEEPSAKE

Film

KEEPSAKE

Directed by Megan Lau
Full of food and hopes, this documentary follows three Asian Europeans from different generations who recount their ongoing…
Indian, Narratives, Shorts

KHOL (OPEN)

Film

KHOL (OPEN)

Directed by Faroukh Virani
When his father passes away, Vijay is forced to return home after a ten year long estrangement and…
Chinese, Documentaries, Japanese, Local, Narratives, Shorts

LIMITLESS (SHORTS)

Program

LIMITLESS (SHORTS)

Limitless showcases people who have pushed themselves past their limits in power lifting, kyudo, bodybuilding, and sumo. Limitless...
Free, Korean, Narratives, Shorts

LIQUOR STORE BABIES

Film

LIQUOR STORE BABIES

Directed by So Yun Um
An intimate look at the lives of two friends and their liquor store owning fathers as they discover…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

LOST AND FOUND

Film

LOST AND FOUND

Directed by Zilong Wang
Louis, a bellhop at a quiet hotel, loves to see what guests leave behind in the lost and…
Filipino, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts

MAYBE

Film

MAYBE

Directed by Kat Cole
After an unexpected encounter in Waikiki, a young girl explores her sexuality in secret, causing new rifts with…
Documentaries, Shorts, Vietnamese

MẸ

Film

MẸ

Directed by Derek Kwan
Mẹ, mother in the northern Vietnamese dialect, follows two generations of moms as they create new dishes for…
Chinese, Free, Narratives, Shorts

MILK

Film

MILK

Directed by Winnifred Jong
Vicki buys milk and finds telling her grandmother is the hardest part.
Free, Local, Narratives, Shorts

MINDFORK (FREE SHORTS)

Program

MINDFORK (FREE SHORTS)

My mind is playing tricks on me… Free programs are first come, first seated. Seating is limited. Co-presented...
Documentaries, Local, Shorts

MIXED

Film

MIXED

Directed by Donovan Thach, Jelani Tolbert, Joseph Mills, Khymaree Hughes-Ponelateat, Romeo Hernandez, Tommy Vong
Five teenage friends in Seattle share their stories and perspectives of growing up multi-racial.
Documentaries, Japanese, Shorts

MOVING WALLS

Film

MOVING WALLS

Directed by Sharon Yamato
What happened to the scores of barracks used to imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII? At one internment…
Documentaries, Shorts

NATHAN JUNG V. BRUCE LEE

Film

NATHAN JUNG V. BRUCE LEE

Directed by Timothy Tau
Veteran actor Nathan Jung describes the crazy and hilarious true story of meeting Bruce Lee on the set…
Documentaries, Filipino, Shorts

NIGHTCALLER

Film

NIGHTCALLER

Directed by Alexander Humilde
In the call center capital of the world, anonymous call center agents from Manila spill the beans on…
Documentaries, Shorts

NO ORDINARY JOE: THE ALLEN JOE STORY

Film

NO ORDINARY JOE: THE ALLEN JOE STORY

Directed by Rick Quan
Allen was not just a mentor and friend to martial arts legend Bruce Lee, he was also the…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

ONE SMALL STEP

Film

ONE SMALL STEP

Directed by Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
A devoted father supports and inspires his daughter towards realizing her dream of becoming an astronaut.
Free, Narratives, Shorts

PIANOFORTE

Film

PIANOFORTE

Directed by Peilin Kuo
When an anxiety-ridden NYC apartment-dweller calms her nerves by playing the piano late at night, little does she…
Chinese, Narratives, Shorts

PLEASE TRANSLATE

Film

PLEASE TRANSLATE

Directed by Kelsy Lua
For an immigrant Chinese mother and her American daughter, the language barrier that keeps them apart can also…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

PROJECT 31

Film

PROJECT 31

Directed by Yu Han
As John's family prepares for the growing season at their small farm, strange things start to happen. He…
Documentaries, Filipino, Korean, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts, Taiwanese, Vietnamese

QUEER AF (SHORTS)

Program

QUEER AF (SHORTS)

A collection of films centering the Queer API experience. Co-presented by Pride ASIA
Narratives, Shorts

RACCOON AND THE LIGHT

Film

RACCOON AND THE LIGHT

Directed by Hanna Kim
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods. Nuff said.
Documentaries, Japanese, Local, Shorts

RAIN OR SHINE: THE SEIKE JAPANESE GARDEN

Film

RAIN OR SHINE: THE SEIKE JAPANESE GARDEN

Directed by Corinne Chin, Ellen M. Banner
Each Thursday, 90-year-old veteran Hal Seike and his 87-year-old wife Fran tend to the Seike Japanese Garden: a…
Cham, Documentaries, Local, Shorts

RAMADAN

Film

RAMADAN

Directed by Abdulgani Mohamad, Joseph Mills, Samir Nguyen, Yuhaniz Aly
Three Cham American high school students chronicle their experiences during Ramadan, the Muslim Holy Month.
Free, Local, Narratives, Shorts

REMATCH

Film

REMATCH

Directed by Matt Dy
Struggling to redeem himself, a disgraced word game champion must face his greatest opponent.
Filipino, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts

SALAMAGAN

Film

SALAMAGAN

Directed by Elisa Oh
Ana’s biggest fear is coming out to her Filipino Catholic mother. But when they need help cleaning a…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

SEARCHING FOR THE NONE

Film

SEARCHING FOR THE NONE

Directed by Jean Louis Droulers
Hunter, a young hopeless romantic, enlists a hypnotherapist to hypnotize him into believing that he'll never find the…
Documentaries, LGBTQ, Shorts

SHARE

Film

SHARE

Directed by Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
An 18-year-old Instagram influencer attempts to reconcile his identity online with his identity in real life.
Documentaries, Indian, Local, Shorts

SIKH CAPTAIN AMERICA

Film

SIKH CAPTAIN AMERICA

Directed by Corinne Chin, Ramon Dompor
Dressed as Sikh Captain America, Vishavjit Singh finds his super power is to initiate conversations he would not…
Narratives, Shorts

SLURP

Film

SLURP

Directed by Anya Martin
Two brothers enter a ramen eating challenge and quickly realize the bowl is bigger than they ever could…
Narratives, Shorts

SOILED

Film

SOILED

Directed by Lareina Joelle
After being stripped of her innocence, a young girl spirals into a world of paranoia as she struggles…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

SOLO

Film

SOLO

Directed by David R. Liu
In the aftermath of his parents’ separation, teenage saxophonist Jeffrey Lee must adjust to a new life with…
Narratives, Shorts

SONDER

Film

SONDER

Directed by Neth Nom
For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path. But when their time together comes to an end,…
Adoptee, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Narratives, Shorts

SPOTLIGHT (SHORTS)

Program

SPOTLIGHT (SHORTS)

A collection of short films worthy of your attention. Co-presented by AAAW, Seattle Art Museum, and Northwest Film Forum
Korean, Narratives, Shorts

SUNNY

Film

SUNNY

Directed by Sam Chung
A quiet Korean American boy must face his insecurities and others' doubts as he is unexpectedly thrust into…
Chinese, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts

SUNSET, SUNRISE

Film

SUNSET, SUNRISE

Directed by Bruce Hsin-Ta Chiu
Lily, a traditional Chinese woman, will do anything to change her son, Bao, from being gay. But her…
Documentaries, LGBTQ, Shorts, Taiwanese

TAIWAN! LET’S GET MARRIED!

Film

TAIWAN! LET’S GET MARRIED!

Directed by Larry Tung
In May 2017, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, setting a two-year deadline for…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

TALES OF THE CIRCLE KEYS

Film

TALES OF THE CIRCLE KEYS

Directed by Diq Diamond
A screenwriter is obsessed with a character that he created and soon cannot distinguish between dreams and reality,…
Chinese, Free, Indian, Narratives, Shorts

TECHNOLOGIC (FREE SHORTS)

Program

TECHNOLOGIC (FREE SHORTS)

Humanity + technology. What could go wrong? Free programs are first come, first seated. Seating is limited. Co-presented...
Adoptee, Korean, Narratives, Shorts

THE DAY WE MET

Film

THE DAY WE MET

Directed by Mayumi Yoshida, Nach Dudsdeemaytha
Eric, a Korean Canadian adoptee, and his partner Steph are ready to start a family. Because of fertility…
Free, Indian, Narratives, Shorts

THE LIE GAME

Film

THE LIE GAME

Directed by Jyothi Kalyan Sura
After losing her boyfriend to depression, a computer scientist develops an anti-depression A.I. and looks for funding to…
Narratives, Shorts

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN SHOW BUSINESS

Film

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN SHOW BUSINESS

Directed by James H Lee
The motorcycle stuntman known as the Knockabout Artist tears up a storm on his bike, battles knife wielding…
LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts, Vietnamese

THE MUTE

Film

THE MUTE

Directed by Pham Thien An
On rainy night in Saigon, a young woman desperately searches for love.
Chinese, Narratives, Shorts

THE SUNFLOWER CHILD

Film

THE SUNFLOWER CHILD

Directed by RJ Siu
A young Chinese American woman becomes pregnant and struggles with her decision to keep the baby in the…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

THEN AND NOW

Film

THEN AND NOW

Directed by Li Wen Toh
All parents suck in the eyes of their teenage children. But sometimes all a teenager needs is to…
Japanese, Narratives, Shorts

TOKYO LOVERS

Film

TOKYO LOVERS

Directed by Mayumi Yoshida, Nach Dudsdeemaytha
Thrown together by unexpected circumstances, two lonely strangers bond over their heartbreaks. Their unexpected friendship helps them regain…
Narratives, Shorts, Vietnamese

TUNDRA

Film

TUNDRA

Directed by Carol Nguyen
When her daughter goes missing, a Vietnamese mother struggles to cope despite the best efforts of her remaining…
Documentaries, Japanese, Shorts

WAY OF THE BOW

Film

WAY OF THE BOW

Directed by Mayumi Yoshida
A beautiful and meditative look at Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery.
Documentaries, Local, Shorts

WE REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY

Film

WE REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY

Directed by Corinne Chin, Erika J. Schultz
Chisato DuBose, 54, and her daughter Sachie DuBose, 18, are world-champion power lifters and competitive bodybuilding athletes. As…
Narratives, Shorts

WEEKENDS

Film

WEEKENDS

Directed by Trevor Jimenez
In 1980s Toronto, surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a young boy shuffling between the…
Free, Narratives, Shorts

XIN (HEART)

Film

XIN (HEART)

Directed by Desha Dauchan
After years of being her mother's sole caretaker, a woman seeks the help of a therapist to deal…
Cambodian, Narratives, Shorts

YEAR ZERO

Film

YEAR ZERO

Directed by David Siev
When the Khmer Rouge regime seized Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged…
Narratives, Shorts

YOKO

Film

YOKO

Directed by Wesley Fuh
A female sumo challenges the champion of an amateur tournament, throwing tradition on its head!
Korean, LGBTQ, Narratives, Shorts

ZERO ONE

Film

ZERO ONE

Directed by Nick Neon
Jimmy Park is in the last place he wants to be, back home in NYC to celebrate the…