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Mei lives with her single father, Tatsuya. They just found out that their long-awaited trip to Japan was cancelled, which creates conflict between them. However, a traditional Japanese custom, Okuribi, gives Mei an opportunity to reflect on her actions and reconcile with her father.

Hiromu Yamawaki

Hiromu is a writer/director born and raised in Tottori, Japan and now is based in Vancouver. His primary interest is to make Asian representation happen both on screen and behind the camera. He focuses on making stories about intercultural experiences in multiple languages.

Presented as Part Of WestCoast Shorts – Family

Sun, Moon and Four Peaks

10 years following an ugly divorce, the Lee family reunites in Canada with vignettes of their differences in c...
15 min | Kevin Jin Kwan Kim | | Korean | English
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Doh Jeh Mama (多謝嫲嫲) / Thank You Grandma

Thank You Grandma'' is a tender portrayal of a lifelong relationship between a grandson and his grandmother. M...
3 min | Jon Chiang | | World Premiere Festival | English, Cantonese | English
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100 Days

Following a tradition in Asian culture, family and friends celebrate a newborn baby turning 100 days old over ...
13 min | Derek Kwan | | Western Canada Premiere | English, Cantonese | English
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Water Roots

Second-generation Chinese immigrant Sherry faces personal and career challenges. She struggles to reconciles w...
15 min | Meng Li | | World Premiere | English, Mandarin Chinese | Yes
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Miss China

Elena, after being crowned Miss China International, gets an offer to become an actress in China. Excited, she...
9 min | Yasmine Ross | | Vancouver Premiere | English/Mandarin | Yes
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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