15 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the 26th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

These are fifteen short films you shouldn’t miss at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival which will take place in cinemas and online from November 9 – 20, 2022.

A Feller and the Tree by Kalainithan Kalaichelvan – Canada |2022 – 3 minutes

A feller cuts down a forest until he arrives at the last tree standing. The tree confronts the feller. (ReelAsian2022)

A Grandpa’s Uniform and Other Things of Fear Pedhut by Christian Banisrael
Indonesia | 2021 – 22 minutes

Trapped in his past, an old man steals an army uniform to chase away the ghosts that terrorize his long nights.(ReelAsian2022)

Aftertaste by Christianne Cruz – Canada, USA | 2022 – 10 minutes

Following the death of her mysterious amah (grandma), Kat is haunted during her first night of dinner service at a high-pressure Michelin-star kitchen.(ReelAsian2022)

Battery Daddy by Jeon Seung-bae – Korea | 2021 – 6 minutes

Battery Dad is in charge of every corner of the house from children’s toys to remote controls and door locks. What can Battery Dad do when a sudden downpour floods the valley?(ReelAsian2022)

Canker by Lin Tu – China | 2022 – 13 minutes

As the flashy life of the influencer 33 becomes more intense, the canker sore inside her lower lip keeps growing larger…(ReelAsian2022)

Dinner’s Ready by Elizabeth Xu – Singapore, USA | 2022 – 4 minutes

Why should I make dinner if we are both in love? A story of gendered roles and the ethics of care.(ReelAsian2022)

Everything Will Be All Right by Farhad Pakdel – Canada | 2022 – 16 minutes

Amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, Leila, who has been keeping a secret from her family, finds herself in a predicament after her father falls ill and she is called back home.(ReelAsian2022)

Further and Further Away by Polen Ly – Cambodia | 2022 – 24 minutes

Indigenous Bunong siblings spend one last day in their rural village in northeastern Cambodia, before an impending move to the capital city in search of a more prosperous life.(ReelAsian2022)

Jamal by Muhammad Heri Fadli – Indonesia | 2020 – 15 minutes

Nur’s husband, who had previously left for Malaysia as a migrant worker, returns home in an unexpected condition.(ReelAsian2022)

Lucky Fish by Emily Jampel – USA | 2022 – 8 minutes

Maggie and Celine meet in the bathroom of a Chinese restaurant while having dinner with their respective families.(ReelAsian2022)

Once in a Red Moon by Yi Shi – Canada | 2022 – 10 minutes

As Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, a lonesome young Chinese immigrant finds comfort in a whirlwind romance with a mysterious hometown queer crush who seems too good to be true.(ReelAsian2022)

Swallow by Mai Nakanishi – Japan, Taiwan | 2021 – 22 minutes

Xue-Lan, a striving actress, is invited to a mysterious gourmet club only to discover that her competition has prepared a horrifying banquet.(ReelAsian2022)

The Headhunter’s Daughter by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan – Philippines | 2021 – 15 minutes

Lynn leaves her family behind and traverses the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in the city as a country singer.(ReelAsian2022)

The Sea Calls For Me by Tumpal Tampubolon – Indonesia | 2021 – 17 minutes

Sura is a young boy who lives in a fishing village. One day he finds a broken sex doll washed ashore and tries to fix it.(ReelAsian2022)

To Kill The Birds & The Bees by Calleen Koh – Singapore | 2022 – 10 minutes

Following three separate stories, four average Singaporeans encounter a sexual situation in the course of their day.(ReelAsian2022)

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