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After the sudden passing of his grandmother, Josh is tasked with keeping his grandfather, Rodolfo, in the dark until the rest of the family comes home. However, Rodolfo’s escalating dementia makes it a more challenging task than Josh anticipates.

Isabelle Leonardo-Cruz

Isabelle Leonardo-Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. Leonardo-Cruz”s deeply passionate about her work as a writer and director. Her latest projects include ”Dati” a short film about a young Filipino man and his aging grandfather, and ”It Hurts So Good” her first published poetry book.

Presented as Part Of V3 – Canadian Shorts Narrative – Virtual – Mental Health

Rock the Cradle

When a new South Asian mother, gives birth, she realizes she may be stuck in a place of darkness, without know...
11 min | Asis Sethi | | Western Canada Premiere | English, Punjabi, Hindi | English
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''Yun'' is a poignant short drama delving into concealed emotions, portraying a girl''s inner struggles as tan...
4 min | Yuezhang Qin | | Chinese ( Mandarin ) | English
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A young woman, Dionne, lets her friend crash on her couch after a night of drinking. She later wakes to him lo...
9 min | Tanya Jade | | English | Nil
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Two strangers at a church drive-through confession forge an unlikely connection over a game of Truth or Dare, ...
13 min | Chara Ho | | Canadian Premiere | English | N/A
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June, homebound due to the pandemic, is a recluse who has learned to thrive off the little pleasures of her ho...
15 min | Cyrus Lo | | World Premiere | English | NA
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Producer: Dennisha Rollins and Associate Producer: Minuete Campbell
Jaden Umali and Nestor Arellano
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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