SHORT FILMS INDEX

A Day At the Beach

Film

A Day At the Beach

Directed by Lamesa Nashrat
Through Google searches and environmental observation, a woman must explore existence with the help of Jeff Bezos and…

All I Want is Everything

Film

All I Want is Everything

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
When being “good” isn’t good enough, a fiercely driven teenager indulges in the bad to reach her goals…

Americanized

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Americanized

Directed by Erica Eng
Growing up in Oakland’s complex hip hop culture and fearing community isolation, a multifaceted teenage basketball player searches…

Bus Girl

Film

Bus Girl

Directed by Jessica Henwick
An aspiring chef makes ends meet as an overworked, overlooked waitress—but a chance encounter with a renowned food…

Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

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Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

Directed by Naman Gupta
After an attempt at coming out to his parents ends in disaster, a young gay man travels back…

Congratulations (Mabrook)

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Congratulations (Mabrook)

Directed by Asad Farooqui
An outspoken aspiring actor must navigate a chaotic Eid party—or face the scathing disapproval of his community.

Crashing Wheels on Concrete

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Crashing Wheels on Concrete

Directed by So Young Shelly Yo
CRASHING WHEELS ON CONCRETE is a short documentary following Kat Sy, a skateboarder and software engineer, as she…

Crossroads

Film

Crossroads

Directed by Sarita Khurana
This film takes a close look at the recent “FedEx shooting” in Indianapolis, in the context of a…

Dear Nanay

Film

Dear Nanay

Directed by Frances Grace Mortel
A love letter to her grandmother, this experimental documentary explores the filmmaker’s early memories in the Philippines and…

Don’t Worry About It

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Don’t Worry About It

Directed by Melissa Kong
A young woman at an intensive therapy program for obsessive-compulsive disorder struggles with the aftermath of her father’s…

Elvis of Laos

Film

Elvis of Laos

Directed by Van Ditthavong
After leaving war-torn Laos in late 1974, the Godfather of Lao Music joins forces with his son and…

Empire of my Melodious Mind

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Empire of my Melodious Mind

Directed by Jeanette Louie
In the space of a moment, inside a cabinet, perception embarks on an epic journey through the terrain…

Ever Wanting (For Margeret Chung)

Film

Ever Wanting (For Margeret Chung)

Directed by TT Takemoto
Plunging into the euphoria and despair of her profession and personal life, the first female Chinese American doctor…

Hannah’s Biography

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Hannah’s Biography

Directed by Patricia Lee
An eighty-one-year-old recent divorcee lives a seemingly typical life: she spends time with her daughter and grandchildren, uses…

It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood

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It Takes the Hood to Save the Hood

Directed by Harvey Magsaysay Lozada
A documentary short created with San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization UNITED PLAYAZ.

How Small!

Film

How Small!

Directed by Charlene Xu
A young woman reminisces about her deceased grandmother through unspoken gestures and surreal visual metaphors.

In Living Memory

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In Living Memory

Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le
After the closure of their mother’s nail salon at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a queer filmmaker…

Ka Ho’i: The Return

Film

Ka Ho’i: The Return

Directed by Mitchell Viernes
An aging Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past in a world that seems to…

Kāhuli

Film

Kāhuli

Directed by Chris A. Johns
Scientists in Hawaii race against time to save rare snails that are both culturally and ecologically significant.

Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s Song

Film

Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s Song

Directed by Sean Lizama
Guam’s only living Master blacksmith shares the importance of his craft to daily life in the past and…

Last Hawiian Sugar

Film

Last Hawiian Sugar

Directed by Dèjá Cresencia Bernhardt
Twelve-year-old Nua makes peace with the mixed emotions she has about the land she lives on when she…

Love and Corona

Film

Love and Corona

Directed by Nicole Maxali and Ratha Nou
After losing her job during the pandemic, an energetic wallflower conducts virtual dates on a subscription service site—and…

Lucky Fish

Film

Lucky Fish

Directed by Emily May Jampel
Stifled by the expectations of her strict and heteronormative family, a young girl has a dreamy chance encounter…

Malditas

Film

Malditas

Directed by Bree Nieves
Two AAPI/FilAm cousins, three years apart, meet in a rural Florida cemetery, and grapple with what remains of…

My Chinatown, With Aloha

Film

My Chinatown, With Aloha

Directed by Kimberlee Bassford
Fourth-generation Chinese American Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu Chinatown and the parallels between the COVID-19…

My Name is Lai

Film

My Name is Lai

Directed by Lucy Saephan
Lai, a Mien American elder, shares her memories as a refugee survivor of war in hopes to heal…

On All Fronts

Film

On All Fronts

Directed by Joua Lee Grande
A Minneapolis family navigates difficult conversations about how the violence and racial reckoning of 2020-21 impacted them as…

Only the Moon Stands Still

Film

Only the Moon Stands Still

Directed by Johnson Cheng
When a modernizing world obscures a fading ballroom dance studio, the owner’s talented daughter must decide between her…

OST

Film

OST

Directed by Abhichoke Chandrasen
A debilitatingly perfectionist scoring assistant is tasked with writing the score of a Thai horror movie—but one wrong…

PAIN OF THE ANONYMOUS

Film

PAIN OF THE ANONYMOUS

Directed by Daichi Amano
An empathetic, though troubled online content moderator endangers her well-being as she becomes engrossed with her most horrific…

Pili Ka Mo’o

Film

Pili Ka Mo’o

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
The Fukumitsu ʻOhana (family) of Hakipuʻu are Native Hawaiian taro farmers and keepers of this generational practice. While…

Shifting Sands

Film

Shifting Sands

Directed by May Thyn Kyi
Every year, thousands of young people like Ma Nwet Yin Win flock to Yangon from Myanmar’s rural dry…

Thank You, Come Again

Film

Thank You, Come Again

Directed by Nirav Bhakta
After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his…

River of Small Gods

Film

River of Small Gods

Directed by Bradley Tangonan
On the brink of eviction, a Hawaiian woman takes a job from a mysterious sculptor to retrieve stones…

Recording for Dodie

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Recording for Dodie

Directed by Frances Rubio
After fourteen months physically apart, a Filipino daughter struggling with depression finally reunites with her COVID-survivor father at…

The Lookout

Film

The Lookout

Directed by J.P. Dobrin
A Cambodian American refugee experiences freedom again after being behind bars for 20 years. But the potential of…

The Return

Film

The Return

Directed by Hena Ashraf
An analytical filmmaker wrestles with the sudden death of her estranged father—and the overwhelming agony brought upon by…

Thơ

Film

Thơ

Directed by Heather Muriel Nguyen, Jake Villadoid
Thơ ventures into romance as a Vietnamese-American panromantic asexual/ace looking for acceptance and respect.

Zona

Film

Zona

Directed by Masami Kawai
In a near-future where a devastating drought ravages Los Angeles and separates classes into castes, a tenacious elderly…