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An overseas Filipino worker struggles to provide for her son by catering to the whims of an abusive immigrant family.

Arthur Rodger ''Harley'' Maranan

Arthur Rodger ”Harley” Maranan is a film writer, director, and composer from Manila, Philippines. He is known for his unique blend of Filipino humor and drama, as showcased by his previous film, including Hail Marie (2021), Maria (2022), and Little Manila (2022). Harley hopes to continue telling stories that define—and redefine—Asians in the modern world.

Presented as Part Of V2 – Canadian Shorts Narrative – Virtual (5) -> A Mixed Reel


A South Asian woman in her 60s prepares to celebrate her wedding anniversary, where she confronts her long-hel...
7 min | Samyuktha Movva | | Telugu, English | English
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The Teacup

A teacup triggers an immigrant’s memory of the love-hate relationship with her abusive father. How she deals...
22 min | ZhiMin Hiu | | World Premiere | English and Mandarin | English
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Up All Night

When Jay fails to audition in a K-pop group, his uncertain future is only prolonged in the comfortable city of...
15 min | Andrew The-Anh Luk | | BC Premiere | English, Korean, French | English
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Gracie, a lonely daycare worker meets the younger version of herself and the two share a common thread. ...
13 min | Stephanie Sy | | Vancouver Premiere | English, Tagalog | N/A
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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