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Swallow Flying to the South
In spring 1976, 5-year-old Swallow is abandoned at a public boarding preschool in central Beijing. When the persimmons are ripe, Swallow masters how to cry, but does not forget how to fly. 

Mochi Lin

Mochi Lin is a filmmaker, animator, designer, pianist, and composer who recently graduated with a BFA in Film and Animation from Rhode Island School of Design. She also concentrated in History Philosophy and Social Sciences, and studied Music at Brown University. 

Presented as Part Of Animation Shorts

Boat People

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10 min | Thao Lam, Kjell Boersma | | Vancouver Premiere | English | n/a
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Two Apples

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9 min | Bahram Javahery | | no dialogue | n/a
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Bride’s Dream

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7 min | Joe Chang | | BC Premiere | Chinese | English
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A Feast At The Palace

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6 min | Gavin Cameron | | Vancouver Premiere | English | n/a
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4 min | ahLoong | | BC Premiere | Cantonese | English
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Peace Offering

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Bon Odori

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5 min | Trent Osaki, Sally Thai | | Canadian Premiere | English | NA (No dialogue in film)
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Mochi Lin
Mochi Lin
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2023 Venezia Short Film Festival, ITALY ORION International Film Festival, AUSTRALIA AniMate – Australia Animation Film Festival, AUSTRALIA Osaka Asian Film Festival, JAPAN València Indie Film Festival, SPAIN Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, ITALY Animation Dingle Festival, IRELAND New York Indie Shorts Awards Festival, USA Cannes Indie Shorts Awards Festival, FRANCE Tokyo Shorts Film Festival, JAPAN Vancouver Movie Awards Festival, CANADA Echoes of Katyn International Film Festival, POLAND San Bernardino Valley College International Student Film Festival, USA Human Screen Festival, TUNISIA Ismailia International Film Festival, EGYPT Athens ANIMFEST – International Animation Festival, GREECE Palm Springs Animation Festival, USA Brighton International Animation Festival, UK Story? International Student Documentary Festival, IRELAND Italy International Film Festival, PORTUGAL Dunhuang Animation Film Festival, CHINA Doc Sunback Film Festival, USA Meihodo International Youth Media Festival, JAPAN Ivy Film Festival, USA Pápa International Historical Film Festival, HUNGARY Blacksphere International Film Festival, CZECHIA Vancouver Short Film Festival, CANADA FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, PORTUGAL Animation Festival of Halifax, CANADA ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival, POLAND I.P.A.S. – Independent Political Activism Short Film Festival, GREECE Student World Impact Film Festival, USA International Film Festival for Human Rights, COLOMBIA Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival, UKRAINE ASIF International Animation Film Competition, ISRAEL Les Percéides Film Festival, CANADA Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA International Film Schools Festival, URUGUAY Montreal International Animation Film Festival – ANIMAZE, CANADA Sioux City International Film Festival, USA Dalmatia Film Festival, CROATIA Huntington Beach Cultural Film Festival, USA Vancouver International Film Festival, CANADA Vancouver Asian Film Festival, CANADA ​ 2022 AnimaDoc Film Festival – Rising of Lusitania, POLAND Festival Stop Motion Montréal, CANADA Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions, UK Brown Media Group Film Festival, USA Oaxaca Film Festival, MEXICO Black Cat International Film Festival, BOLIVIA Cine Paris Film Festival, FRANCE Madras Independent Film Festival, INDIA Film in Focus International Film Festival, ROMANIA ICONA Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival, GREECE Festival Internacional de Cine de San Luis Potosi, MEXICO Gold Movie Awards Festival, UK Mindanao Film Festival, PHILIPPINES Paris International Short Film Festival, FRANCE ANIMAKOM – Bilbao International Animation Festival, SPAIN Hollywood Short Film Festival, USA Munich Short Film Festival, GERMANY Luleå International Film Festival, SWEDEN Intervalli Festival – Cinema, ITALY Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest, ROMANIA
Award Winner
BAFTA Student Awards Shortlist (2023) Housen Short Film Award (Best Short Film) – Osaka Asian Film Festival (2023) Best Undergraduate Animation Honourable Mention – Ivy Film Festival (2023) Silver Lynx – Animation – FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival (2023) Outstanding Film – Meihodo International Youth Media Festival (2023) Best Short Film & Jury’s Distinction Award – New York Indie Shorts Film Festival (2023) Best Short Film & Jury’s Distinction Award – Venezia Short Film Festival (2023) Best Non-Kansas Student Film – Doc Sunback Film Festival (2023) Best Short Animation – Hollywood Short Film Festival (2022) Mindanao Film Festival – Langyaw Award Jury’s Distinction (2022) Outstanding Achievement: Madras Independent Film Festival (2022)

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