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Adorned with magazines, posters, and cosmetic products, Maggie”s room is a manifestation of the influence of media on her understanding of her own beauty. Unable to meet its ideal, she spirals into self-destruction. She then realizes she must reclaim her sense of beauty to inspire self-love. Embracing a culture she once rejected, empowers Maggie with newfound confidence and self-identity.

Paul Persic

Paul Persic is a mixed Chinese Canadian filmmaker with over 7 years of experience creating films as a director, editor, writer and cinematographer. Paul communicates complex issues through storytelling and visual narrative to raise awareness. He has won Best Director (Silver) at the Independent Shorts Awards for his film, The Joytale, and Best Student Director (Platinum) for, Red Candle, at the same festival. 

Presented as Part Of V4 – Canadian Shorts Narrative – Virtual- Horror/Sci-Fi/Suspense/Comedy

Green Heart

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17 min | Vann Ferderber | | World Premiere | English | None
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After signing with an ''agency'', a young singer moves into her new company apartment. During her first live-s...
20 min | Jack Li | | North American Premiere | Mandarin | English
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A lone girl suddenly realizes she’s been trapped - surrounded in all directions, she fights and runs. There...
15 min | Jennifer Li | | BC Premiere | English | Available
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''Copykat'' follows Mika, a graphic designer who accuses her colleague Kat, a creative director, of plagiarizi...
5 min | Gino delos Reyes | | Western Canada Premiere | English | None
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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