ALL SHORT FILMS

This year, we have over 50 riveting and diverse short films. This year’s slate of short films celebrate new works from established filmmakers and also a look at future storytellers.

13 MILES FOR TOILET PAPER

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13 MILES FOR TOILET PAPER

Directed by Chalisa Phiboolsook
When filmmaker Chalisa Phiboolsook’s half marathon was cancelled due the COVID 19, she didn’t didn’t let that stop…

AFTERIMAGES

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AFTERIMAGES

Directed by Bryan Sih
In this tense and emotional visionary short film by multimedia artist, Bryan Sih, a father and his son…

BUT YOU’RE NOT BLACK

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BUT YOU’RE NOT BLACK

Directed by Danielle Ayow

CLUB QUARANTINE

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CLUB QUARANTINE

Directed by Aurora Brachman
Every night during the Covid-19 lockdown, hundreds of people from around the world gather in a massive queer…

COVID AND WHO I AM NOW

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COVID AND WHO I AM NOW

Directed by Diana Dai
In this powerful and emotional short documentary, Mary, a young Chinese Canadian medical student is attacked during the…

FRESH PEACHES

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FRESH PEACHES

Directed by Lana Nguyen
Circa 1977. When his grandmother is falsely accused of stealing a tube of lipstick, a Vietnamese boy named…

HAVE YOU EATEN?

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HAVE YOU EATEN?

Directed by Lina Li
While quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmaker Lina Li documents her mother preparing a meal, while…

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME?

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HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME?

Directed by Baljit Sangra
In this emotionally compelling short, acclaimed director Baljit Sangra shines light on North American's oldest running Sikh Temple…

HIGH STRUNG

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HIGH STRUNG

Directed by Melissa Kan
When two brothers must play each other at a junior tennis tournament, is there really a winner?

HOW TO DIE YOUNG IN MANILA

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HOW TO DIE YOUNG IN MANILA

Directed by Petersen Vargas
In this evocative, dream-like story a teenage boy follows a group of young hustlers, thinking one of them…

KEEP SARAY HOME

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KEEP SARAY HOME

Directed by Brian Redondo
ICE doesn’t just separate families at the border. In the outskirts of Boston, three families face the impending…

KOREATOWN GHOST STORY

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KOREATOWN GHOST STORY

Directed by Minsun Park, Teddy Tenenbaum
In this supernatural horror tale based on a Korean ritual starring legendary Margaret Cho and Lyrica Okano, a…

KOTO: THE LAST SERVICE

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KOTO: THE LAST SERVICE

Directed by Joella Cabalu
After being open for over 40 years, reflections and memories are shared by employees and customers alike of…

LET’S EAT

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LET’S EAT

Directed by Dixon Wong
As a young woman prepares a meal, she reflects back about both the happy and bitter memories with…

LUNAR: THE JEWISH-ASIAN FILM PROJECT EP. 1: THE TASTE OF CONNECTION

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LUNAR: THE JEWISH-ASIAN FILM PROJECT EP. 1: THE TASTE OF CONNECTION

Directed by Jared Chiang-Zeizel, Jenni Rudolph
In the first episode of a docuseries exploring the stories of Asian American Jews, several of them discuss…

NICEVILLE

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NICEVILLE

Directed by Bree Nieves
In a knock-out film by Filmmaker Bree Nieves, perfectly showcases her unique perspective and stunning visual style.

OFF DUTY

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OFF DUTY

Directed by Shetal Shah
During a quiet afternoon, a Muslim American woman’s life is interrupted when she meets a pregnant homeless woman.…

PARKED IN AMERICA

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PARKED IN AMERICA

Directed by Luke Salin
In this SXSW official selection, Bay Area filmmaker Luke Salin brings to the screen an enchanting and touching…

PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

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PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

Directed by Janet Chen
As the Los Angeles Chinatown’s Phoenix Bakery celebrates its 80th anniversary, the Chan family reflects back on its…

RADICAL CARE: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD

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RADICAL CARE: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD

Directed by Valerie Soe
CAAMFest’s Spotlight Alum Valerie Soe is back with a powerful documentary that shines a light on the Auntie…

THE COMPLAINT

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THE COMPLAINT

Directed by Nelson Kim
Filmmaker Nelson Kim (SOMEONE ELSE) is back at CAAMFest with his new short film, THE COMPLAINT.

TO LIVE HERE (sống ở đây)

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TO LIVE HERE (sống ở đây)

Directed by Melanie Ho
Exploring the intimacy of the mundane, sống ở đây | TO LIVE HERE focuses on the lives of…

VAN SANCTUARY

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VAN SANCTUARY

Directed by Saleem Reshamwala

83 AND ALONE

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83 AND ALONE

Directed by Alina Peng, Charles Zhang
Bhutan is one of the world’s two carbon-negative countries. But, sandwiched between carbon-emitting giants China and India, it…

BREATHE (HINGA)

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BREATHE (HINGA)

Directed by Sammay Dizon
BREATH (HINGA) is a performance ritual film and time capsule honoring the sacred grief, life force, and resiliency…

CHÁ SĪ / CHASM

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CHÁ SĪ / CHASM

Directed by Waeli Wang

CHIMERA

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CHIMERA

Directed by Eileen Yoon
In Filmmaker Eileen Yoon’s stunning film, CHIMERA, present day moments in New York lead Ayeon to reflect on…

CHINATOWN PRETTY

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CHINATOWN PRETTY

Directed by Roy Chan

CITRIC ACID

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CITRIC ACID

Directed by Elenie Chung
In this powerful and dream-like film, Aino and Yu Xing are two best friends and working fine artists.

DANNY, DANNY

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DANNY, DANNY

Directed by Huan Cheng
It is in the silent spaces of our lives that we often wrestle with ourselves. Follow the solitary…

DISTANT LEARNING

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DISTANT LEARNING

Directed by Elena GK Rapu, Sergio M. Rapu
A Rapanui filmmaker and father living in the American Midwest never imagined he would lose his ability to…

DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN

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DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN

Directed by Edward Gunawan
DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN, a touching film by filmmaker Edward Gunawan explores his family's intergenerational trauma and…

DUET

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DUET

Directed by Shae Xu
In this sensual and dream-like film, an unspoken romance inevitably resurfaces when a high school music teacher meets…

F1-100

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F1-100

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Art, animation, archival footage, and digital video are interwoven in this transnational meditation through time and space of…

FITNESS! OR A STORY ABOUT SWEAT

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FITNESS! OR A STORY ABOUT SWEAT

Directed by Kana Hatakeyama
Filmmaker and Actor Kana Hatakeyama (OKAASAN) is back at CAAMFest with a new vibrant and hilarious story about…

HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

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HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

Directed by Neil Tinkman
As Raph wanders through the jungles behind his house, he encounters a human figure that resembles the taotaomona,…

HAWAIIAN SOUL

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HAWAIIAN SOUL

Directed by ‘Āina Paikai

IN THE SHADOWS OF THE PINE

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IN THE SHADOWS OF THE PINE

Directed by Anne Koizumi
In this stunning animated short documentary, filmmaker Anne Koizumi taps into her memories of her childhood and her…

KUROSHIO CURRENT

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KUROSHIO CURRENT

A man searches for the amulet his mother gave him before he left for America. He embarks on…

LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

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LET’S REMEMBER OUR ANCESTORS (TA HASSO I MANAINA)

Directed by Neil Tinkham
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a Chamoru cultural foundation attempts to continue its mission by having members create a…

LOVE X BITES

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LOVE X BITES

Directed by M. Noe, Yupar Momo
During Covid19 outbreak, two women enter the quarantine at a hotel and share a room.

MAHÅLANG

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MAHÅLANG

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown
“Mahålang” is Caili Quan’s love letter to Guam: an exploration of family, nostalgia, identity and a longing for…

MAIA CRUZ PALILEO: BECOMING THE MOON

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MAIA CRUZ PALILEO: BECOMING THE MOON

Directed by Ligaiya Romero
Filmmaker Ligaiya Romero explores the life and work of Maia Cruz Palileo, the multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist who examines…

MICHELLE

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MICHELLE

Directed by Kenya Gillespie
Growing up can be hard, especially a shy Asian American girl who’s being picked on by high school…

MAHALO COVID-19

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MAHALO COVID-19

Directed by Matt Yamashita
When a filmmaker and his small island community take on the pandemic, they unsuspectingly find a clearer path…

ONCE UPON A SCREEN: EXPLOSIVE PARADOX

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ONCE UPON A SCREEN: EXPLOSIVE PARADOX

Directed by Kevin B. Lee
A childhood experience is projected on a shadowy wall of a former movie theatre in Daly City.

SMILEY DEATH FACE

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SMILEY DEATH FACE

Directed by Andrew Patrick Torrez
You have a new message. In this terrifying short film, a young girl stumbles into a text message…

STAND UP

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STAND UP

Directed by Dasha Masaltina, Kitty Hu
When a genuine friendship develops between two Black women a generation apart, comedic chaos ensues as they encounter…

SUMMERWINTERSUMMER

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SUMMERWINTERSUMMER

Directed by Thy Tran
Struggling to deal with Martin's disappearance, Duy resorts to anonymous hook-ups to escape the emptiness.

SWINGIN’

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SWINGIN’

Directed by Shang-Sing Guo
When sixth-grader boy Qiu is bullied in school for having gay dads, his stepfather Howard, a flamboyant Jazz…

SYNCHRONIZED

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SYNCHRONIZED

Directed by Corinne Manabat Cueva
SYNCHRONIZED is an experimental documentary short that embraces 5 women of color as they collectively reflect about their…

THE APARTMENT

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THE APARTMENT

Directed by Hyomin
When a mumbling taxi driver drops off his customer at their apartment complex, he gets lost within the…

THE BOAT NO. 5

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THE BOAT NO. 5

Directed by Reyhane Kavosh
Filmmaker Reyhane Kavosh’s THE BOAT NO. 5 is a young Iranian girl relishes the wondrous sights spent boating…

THE LEAF

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THE LEAF

Directed by William J. Zang
THE LEAF is a personal, poetic, documentary film about Director Will J. Zang’s experience as both a filmmaker…

TRACE

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TRACE

Directed by Wesley Chan
TRACE is a wild, sci-fi action film brought by creative minds at Wong Fu Productions and OSU Films.…

UDAAN

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UDAAN

Directed by Amman Abbasi
In filmmaker Amman Abbasi's film UDAAN, a young Pakistani woman moving to Paragould, Arkansas to start college in…

WE STAY IN THE HOUSE

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WE STAY IN THE HOUSE

Directed by Kiyoko McCrae
Filmmaker Kiyoko McCrae follows mothers who have to balance working from home with taking care of their children.

WHEELCHAIR WENDY

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WHEELCHAIR WENDY

Directed by Shaina Ghuraya
An eager-to-please doll in a wheelchair is placed in the perfect world of the narcissistic Barbara, and must…

YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER

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YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER

Directed by Catherine Chen
Adorable and touching, YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER is a beautiful film by filmmaker Catherine Chen.

REACT

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REACT

Directed by Nobuyuki Arai, Takahiro Sato
ReAct is brand video of KUDEN, flagship model Samurai Mode Series. The final mission/goal of KUDEN, CEO Takahiro…