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Bad Asian

Tipsy strangers, Melody and Chris, can”t keep their hands off each other, until Melody”s racist comments push Chris away. Confronting her insecurities, they embark on a journey through her decades of internalized racism.  When Melody and Chris realize what’s keeping them apart, there’s only one very obvious way to clap back.

Kim Marcelino

Kim is a Chinese- and Filipino-American writer, director, and one of MovieMaker magazine’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2023. She writes lighthearted comedies about serious subjects centering on flawed women of color. Her screenwriting has placed at The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, ScreenCraft Fellowship, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and the Austin Film Festival.

Presented as Part Of V10 – Int’l Comedy (5) – A Sense of Humour

Tequila Sunset

Some tequila, a little OJ, and a splash of grenadine. Is that too much to ask for? Jia doesn’t think so. At ...
22 min | Jinsui Song | | Western Canada Premiere | Cantonese, Mandarin, English | English
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The Great Clarke

It is quite common to fight between best friends. Except, here they are the leader of two conflict nations. Th...
29 min | Kiyeon JEONG | | North American Premiere | English, Korean | English, Korean
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Elephant in the Dark

Someone broke the camera during a film shoot. Woohyeon, who is visually impaired, sets out with her hearing-im...
21 min | KIM Nam-seok | | North American Premiere | Korean | English
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The 44th Chamber of Shaolin is a screwball martial arts comedy inspired by the Hong Kong martial arts genre, t...
15 min | Jon Truei | | Canadian Premiere | English | N/A
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Emily Wirth
Lee Hubilla, Rob Chen
FeatureD on
Dances With Films LA, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Just for Laughs Eat My Shorts Montreal, Asian American International Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, DC Shorts International Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival
Award Winner
Honorable Mention in Directing (Just For Laughs Montreal)

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