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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 with this past affects her perspective about her childhood, her family, and her future.

ZhiMin Hiu

ZhiMin Hu, a Chinese Canadian independent filmmaker based in Toronto, is a Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University) and WIDC (Women In Director’s Chair) alumna. She is fascinated by stories that explore human nature and psychology, promote humanity and enlightenment, and provoke reflection on social aspects.

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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An overseas Filipino worker struggles to provide for her son by catering to the whims of an abusive immigrant ...
22 min | Arthur Rodger ''Harley'' Maranan | | World Premiere | English | Yes, English subtitles are present for scenes with Tagalog (Filipino) dialogue
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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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ZhiMin Hu
10 years old MeiLi: I Chou 18 years old MeiLi: Chien-Yu Su 40 years old MeiLi: Joyce Ji MeiLi’s Father: Yu-Shan Lin MeiLi’s Mother: Li-Hui Fu
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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