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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Shorts Competition

We are proud to present all of our Documentary, Live Action and Animated shorts nominees. Recipient(s) of the Festival’s Golden Reel Award for Narrative Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/Live-Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®, subject to compliance with Academy® guidelines.


  1. 100TH BIRTHDAY WISH

    Chien-Hung Lien / Shorts Competition / Taiwan / 2017 / Comedy, Drama, Family, Social Issues / 20 mins
    Granny harbors a secret wish for her 100th birthday.
    Plays In:
    Forever Alone (Or Not)

    David Henry Hwang Theater @ East West Players
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 4:30 pm Rush Only


  2. 6,000 MILES

    Dawn Suhyun Shim / Shorts Competition / South Korea, USA / 2018 / Documentary, Drama, Family, International, Photography / 5 mins
    A mother and daughter with nothing in common and constantly at odds with each other, now have something to say, 30 years later and 6,000 miles apart.
    Plays In:
    Armed With A Camera vol. 2018

    Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 11
    Wednesday | May 9, 2018 9:00 pm


  3. ABLUTION

    Omar Al Dakheel / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Coming of Age, Drama, Family, LGBTQIA+, Social Issues, Spiritual, Student / 15 mins
    The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.
    Plays In:
    Second Generation Queer

    Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 12
    Tuesday | May 8, 2018 9:00 pm


  4. AFTEREARTH

    Jess X. Snow / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Environmental, Family, LGBTQIA+, Pacific Islander, Social Issues / 13 mins
    Four women take a stand to preserve the volcano, ocean, land, and air for future generations.
    Plays In:
    Pasifikas

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ JANM
    Saturday | May 5, 2018 4:00 pm


  5. AKASHI

    Mayumi Yoshida / Shorts Competition / Canada / 2017 / Drama, Family, Women / 10 mins
    AKASHI is told through intertwining stories of love that transcends generations and continents.
    Plays In:
    Forever Alone (Or Not)

    David Henry Hwang Theater @ East West Players
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 4:30 pm Rush Only


  6. ALICE AT THE STORE

    Christopher Woon-Chen / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Elders, Women / 18 mins
    Alice Eng and her family reflect on their lives while dealing with the onset of her dementia.
    Plays In:
    Beyond Our Memories

    CGV Cinemas - Theatre 3
    Thursday | May 10, 2018 3:45 pm


  7. AMERICAN

    Richie Adams / Shorts Competition / USA / 2018 / Action, Drama, Family, History / 18 mins
    After meeting a mother and daughter, a 94-year-old Japanese American veteran recounts moments in an internment camp and his service with the 442nd in WWII.

    Precedes: PROOF OF LOYALTY

    Precedes:
    PROOF OF LOYALTY

    Downtown Independent
    Saturday | May 5, 2018 11:00 am


  8. AMERICAN DREAMING

    Matthew Hashiguchi / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Human Rights, Social Issues / 11 mins
    With no guarantees of opportunity, undocumented immigrants strive to obtain a college degree in Georgia, where they are barred from enrolling in its top colleges.
    Plays In:
    The No Spin Zone

    Downtown Independent
    Saturday | May 5, 2018 9:00 pm


  9. AN AMERICAN FAMILY

    Truong Phan Kieu-Anh / Shorts Competition / USA, Vietnam / 2017 / Arthouse, Drama, Student, Women / 19 mins
    The film quietly observes daily interactions in a kitchen belonging to an African American mother, her teenage son, and their immigrant tenant.
    Plays In:
    Feminist AF Too

    Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 14
    Monday | May 7, 2018 9:30 pm Rush Only


  10. ANITO

    Melanie Lim / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Family, Magical Realism, Women / 15 mins
    A young girl befriends the spirit living inside her family’s ancestral wooden cabinet and helps find it a new tree to call home.
    Plays In:
    Nightcap

    Downtown Independent
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 9:30 pm


  11. ASWANG NEXT DOOR

    Bernard Badion / Shorts Competition / USA / 2017 / Comedy, Horror / 6 mins
    A friendly neighbor has unwelcome news for an expectant mother in ASWANG NEXT DOOR.
    Plays In:
    Nightcap

    Downtown Independent
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 9:30 pm


  12. BEAST

    Johnson Cheng / Shorts Competition / USA / 2018 / Dance, Documentary, Drama, Pacific Islander, Social Issues / 5 mins
    BEAST is a short documentary film exploring how street dance brought together a group of suburban Asian and Latino youths from Carson, California.
    Plays In:
    Armed With A Camera vol. 2018

    Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 11
    Wednesday | May 9, 2018 9:00 pm


  13. THE CARTOONIST

    Rajendra Thakurathi / Shorts Competition / USA / 2018 / Drama, Romance / 5 mins
    After her relationship ends abruptly, a cartoonist, whose head is always up in the clouds, must learn to come down to earth.
    Plays In:
    Armed With A Camera vol. 2018

    Regal L.A. LIVE - Theatre 11
    Wednesday | May 9, 2018 9:00 pm


  14. CLASS ASSIGNMENT

    Mike Gan / Shorts Competition / USA / 2018 / Coming of Age, Drama, Social Issues, Thriller / 24 mins
    A troubled, lower-class high school student shows up at his married teacher's house to expose a disturbing secret.
    Plays In:
    Forever Alone (Or Not)

    David Henry Hwang Theater @ East West Players
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 4:30 pm Rush Only


  15. COSMIC DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF CLIFTON, NJ

    JP Chan / Shorts Competition / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Sci-Fi / 3 mins
    Cosmic Dental Associates of Clifton, NJ is the leading astro-dentistry practice in the tri-state area.
    Plays In:
    Nightcap

    Downtown Independent
    Sunday | May 6, 2018 9:30 pm