32nd Aspen ShortsFest – Asian Presence 2023

We take a look at the Asian films that will be screened at the Aspen ShortsFest which will take place from April 10 – 16, 2023 in Aspen, United States.

Closing Dynasty by Lloyd Lee Choi – USA | 2022 – 17 minutes

On a school day, a seven year-old hustles strangers for money on the streets of New York City. (ASF2023)


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

A night gets catapulted into an investigation of abuse at a dysfunctional police station in Mumbai. (ASF2023)


Open and Shut by Kulap Vilaysack – USA | 2022 – 12 minutes

Struggling with isolation and family pressure, Jen becomes preoccupied with her mysterious neighbor. (ASF2023)

Shallots and Garlic by Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto – Canada, Indonesia | 2002 – 17 minutes

When sisters Nur and Karina reunite, tensions rise as Karina blames Nur for her allergic reaction. (ASF2023)


The Social Chameleon by Alex Ross – USA, India | 2022 – 9 minutes

Cosmo the Chameleon doesn’t fit in with the other animals and must learn to live by his own colors. (ASF2023)


The Water Murmurs by Story Jiangying Chen – China | 2022 – 15 minutes

A young woman must bid farewell to the people she loves before her riverside town is submerged. (ASF2023)


When You Left Me On That Boulevard by Kayla Abuda Galang – USA | 2023 – 13 minutes

Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house. (ASF2023)


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