These bonds were formed in the big bang, and are unbreakable.
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Aotearoa / New Zealand • 14 mins • Kath Akuhata-Brown
New Zealand, 1963. A year after the passing of her mother, eight year old Hine and her father Whai, still grieve. One Sunday morning the water stops flowing into the house -- while her father fixes it, Hine does the washing at the river. While there she devises a plan to wash away her father’s sadness forever. Washday is inspired by an ancient Māori story of the wind and the power of a child’s love.
Kath Akuhata-Brown is a New Zealand filmmaker of Māori descent (Ngāti Porou). She is a graduate of the Binger Film School in Amsterdam, and has been a lecturer in screenwriting at Auckland Institute of Technology, a guest lecturer at Auckland University and a previous member of the film and television industry advisory panel to the board of Auckland University. Kath was a development executive at the New Zealand Film Commission and is currently a script development advisor to the Māori content funding body, Te Mangai Paho. Kath shadowed Director Danis Goulet on the recent Night Raiders feature. In 2021 she won Best Shorts Director for WASHDAY @ NZIFF Best Shorts Competition, and official selection of BIFF and Maoriland Film Festival.
Vancouver • 14 mins • Jay Kamal
12-year old Samir must come to terms with the tragedy of his father’s death while fulfilling his responsibilities at the complex funeral held in both Muslim and Christian traditions.
An award-winning director and cinematographer, Jay holds a BFA in Film Production from UBC and a BA in Film Studies from the University of Alberta. Fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Japanese, Jay strives to make multicultural films and to use his extensive travel experiences to tell stories that would otherwise remain untold.
Hope and Grace
Vancouver • 13 mins • Louisa Phung
Inspired by true events, a young refugee couple tries to find their place in a new country after the war in Vietnam.
Based out of Vancouver BC, Louisa Phung is a writer and an award winning director. She carries a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree and a Diploma in Theatre from Capilano University. Hope and Grace is the first project under Louisa's new production company, Clever Bird Entertainment, followed by her award-winning 1 minute horror short Day Break. She is currently developing a stage play Embers of the Past.
Vancouver • 13 mins • Harley Maranan
Having recently moved to Canada, the youngest son of a Filipino family struggles to win the respect of his parents by proving he can become more Western than his older, queen-like sister.
Arthur Rodger 'Harley' Maranan is an award-winning writer, director, and composer from Manila, Philippines. He moved to Vancouver in 2018 and uses storytelling to define — and redefine — the roles of Asians in the modern world, through his unique Filipino blend of humour and drama.
New Zealand • 15 mins• Dwayne Cameron
Willow and David receive serious news causing their world to disintegrate over 24 hours. This one day in June for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures -- but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.
Dwayne Cameron has worked as an actor and visual artist for 20 years, acting with 60 directors in 300 episodes of TV series and 16 films. JUNE is the second short film he's directed, produced, edited & starred in, and was made in collaboration with Peter Jackson's Weta Digital.