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Sundance Film Festival – Asian Presence 2023

We present the Asian short films that will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival (USA) which will take place from January 19 – 29, 2023

*Note: the list includes Asian-American filmmakers.

Animation Short Film Program

fur by Zhen Li – USA | 2022 – 7 minutes

A crush gone moldy… (Sundance 2023)

The Sea on the Day When the Magic Returns by Jiwon Han – South Korea | 2022 – 24 minutes

Sejin once had the power to have anything she wanted just by thinking about it. Now she has lost her magic. Hours before her interview to be a tourist interpreter, Sejin heads to the weary sea to save her father. (Sundance 2023)

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Well Wishes My Love, Your Love by Gabriel Gabriel Garble – Sweden, Malaysia | 2022 – 9 minutes

Newly orphaned and freshly wounded from a loss, a boy lends his companion a prosthetic arm for the day. The companion records the limb being exposed to textures and materials. What will become of the limb and the video recordings? (Sundance 2023)

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Documentary Short Film Program

Will You Look At Me by Shuli Huang – China | 2022 – 20 minutes

As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search of himself, a long-overdue conversation with his mother drives them into a quest for acceptance and love. (Sundance 2023)

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Short Film Preceding Feature

It’s Raining Frogs Outside by Maria Estela Paiso – Philippines | 2021 – 14 minutes

A girl’s childhood home attempts to destroy her using her own personal history, but she resists. (Sundance 2023)

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Short Film Program 3

Nocturnal Burger by Reema Maya – USA, India | 2022 – 28 minutes

Somewhere between fantasy, trauma, paranoia, precaution, and the promise of a burger, a night gets catapulted into an investigation of child abuse at a dysfunctional police station in Mumbai. (Sundance 2023)

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When You Left Me On That Boulevard by Kayla Abuda Galang – USA | 2022 – 13 minutes

Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006. (Sundance 2023)

White Ant by Shalini Adnani – USA, India | 2022 – 15 minutes

A man is summoned from Mumbai to his village to deal with a termite infestation threatening to destroy his childhood home. (Sundance 2023)

Short Film Program 4

A Short Film by BI GAN – China | 2022 – 15 minutes

An anthropomorphic feline wanders across empty cities and exurban spaces of contemporary China. Black Cat is on a quest to answer a single question: What is the most precious thing in the world? (Sundance 2023)

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Short Film Program 5

Evacuation of Mama Emola by Anggun Priambodo – Indonesia | 2022 – 18 minutes

An incarcerated man is allowed a temporary release with a woman prison officer to evacuate his mother – who is trapped in a village during an earthquake that might lead to a tsunami – bringing them to an unexpectedly exciting experience. (Sundance 2023)

In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket by Yoko Yuki – Japan | 2022 – 7 minutes

When it shrinks, it expands. It floats and it sinks. It separates but connects. When I think I’m watching them, they’re actually watching me. (Sundance 2023)

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Short Film Program 6

Take Me Home by Liz Sargent – USA | 2022 – 16 minutes

After their mother’s death, a cognitively disabled woman and her estranged sister must learn to communicate in order to move forward (Sundance 2023)

For more information, please visit: https://festival.sundance.org/program/films/

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