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Sunflower Girl

Rosie, a 13-year-old Chinese-American girl, embarks on a skateboarding escapade through the streets of New York with her crush and best friend—at the cost of abandoning her little sister and delivering a forgotten lunchbox.

Holly M. Kaplan

Holly M. Kaplan is a Chinese-American filmmaker from New York City. Inspired by her mixed Cantonese heritage, Holly is invested in creating narratives about diversity and the Asian diaspora. In 2022, Holly’s short SUNFLOWER GIRL was chosen for NALIP & NETFLIX’s “Latino Lens: Narrative Short Incubator for Women of Color.”

Presented as Part Of US Narrative Shorts

Don’t Be Sorry

After her husband is assaulted in an Anti-Asian hate crime, a timid but resilient Asian-American senior become...
10 min | David Au | | Canadian Premiere | English | NA
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Passenger Seat

After a family friend's suicide, Neela and her NYC taxi-driver father, Adeel, are shaken. When Adeel picks Nee...
18 min | Neha Gautam | | Canadian Premiere | English | yes
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Astonishing Little Feet

Afong Moy, the first documented Chinese woman to come to the United States, realizes the men who separated her...
9 min | Maegan Houang | | Canadian Premiere | English, Cantonese | English
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Instant Noodle

Marianna, an Indonesian woman, goes on a grocery run to buy an instant noodle, a dish her recently deceased In...
14 min | Michelle Sastraatmadja | | Vancouver Premiere | English | English
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Seika Paradeis, Holly M. Kaplan
Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Cairo Zion
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Award Winner
NALIP – “Latino Lens: Narrative Short Film Incubator for Women of Color 2022 Sponsored by Netflix” PANO – “Microgrant 2023”

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