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A Roadside Banquet

One day in mid-2010s China after the abolishment of the One Child Policy, 11-year-old Mai attends her baby brother’s very first birthday party and learns a crushing truth: her parents never really wanted a girl. What”s worse — soon after learning the news, Mai starts turning into a feather duster.

Peiqi Peng

Peiqi Peng is a Chinese writer/director living in Los Angeles, with a BFA in Film & Post-Colonial Studies from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. A child fantasy writer that later studied Sociology, Peiqi does socially conscious female dramas with fantasy, gore, and absurdist elements.

Presented as Part Of V8 – Int’l Narrative Shorts (5) – Mixed Bag


A hungry homeless man living in a abandoned model house finds a refrigerator with bizarre power. Realizing the...
14 min | LEE Euntaek | | North American Premiere | No Dialogue | No Dialogue
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Minyeong is teaching at an illegal boarding institute when one of her students passes out. Minyeong begins to ...
29 min | PARK Yongjae | | North American Premiere | Korean | English
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In the face of humanity’s extinction, Rina gathers her remaining friends to celebrate becoming a genetic don...
13 min | Lalithra Fernando | | Vancouver Premiere | English | Caption SRT file available
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Other Life

Kyu-ho, an ordinary office worker, receives an interview request from a famous writer and agrees to talk to he...
24 min | ROH Do-hyeon | | North American Premiere | Korean | English
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Ziqi Gao
Sarah Zhai
FeatureD on
Sarasota Film Festival, Vaughan International Film Festival, First International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, RIFFA, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival, CineGear Expo LA
Award Winner
Best Juried Award – CineGear Expo LA, Best Audience Award – CineGear Expo LA, Best Student Film – Durban International Film Festival

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9