2017 Short


The Entity

Director: Jake Woodbridge
Producer: Morley Nelson, Mick Uzendoski, Bryce Wandling and Mike Rominski
Cast: Morley Nelson, Amber Johnson and Ty Richardson
Time: 21:45

Synopsis: After his sister is murdered, a Chinese-American detective struggles to capture the serial killer. With the help of his jaded partner and an eccentric FBI agent, they are forced to realize, the most dangerous serial killer is the […]


Director: Jingyi Shao
Producer: Justin Lee, Jingyi Shao and Ryan David Tsang
Cast: Justin lee, Keith Nam, Ryan Davis Tsang and Garland Scott
Time: 17:51

Synopsis: Frank, a career obsessed yuppie, has never seen eye to eye with Chang, his perpetually fresh-off-the-boat father. But when a broken toenail sends his father to the hospital on the eve of his big promotion, Frank comes to […]

The Good Memory

Director: Na Liu
Producer: Yan Yan, MengYing Sun and Na Liu
Cast: Albert Serrato and Jessica Blowers
Time: 00:07:00

Synopsis: “The Good Memory” about that after the Erics’ birthday celebration, Eric’s wife and daughter died because a car accident. Several years later, Eric come to that restaurant again, he recalls the scene of that birthday party, as if they had been together again. […]

Unhealthy Love

Director: Daniel Mercatali
Producer: Daniel Mercatali
Cast: Loredana Mendicino, Alessandro Manganoni and Claudia Delucca
Time: 00:14:12

Synopsis: Laura and Richard are known to a Party; each other immediately triggered a spark that leads them dating assiduously. The two apparently seem very happy and in love, so much that they decide to live together, but Richard is revealed almost immediately highly jealous, possessive and violent. […]


Director: Jeremy Hung
Producer: Antonio Salume, Elina Street and Neil Thekdi
Cast: Bastain Delalande, Mina Sundwall, BAO, Chih-heng Liao, Claire Beresovski, Lai Y. Fung
Time: 15:00

Synopsis: On a school trip to Chinatown, New York, three French students find themselves by two Chinese men, but have no idea why. At the same time, an antiques shop owner must find a way to […]

Chinese Dream

Director: Meng Lu
Producer: Susie L. Shu, Xiaoyong Wu, Yining Xie
Time: 16:34

Synopsis: In 2016, with the support from china Overseas Exchange Association, Sino-US Arts Organization launched C-DREAM program for overseas training of Chinese Traditional Arts. The selected piece is what I’ve seen during the Youth Peking Opera training program.

Head Above Water

Director: Eric Shahinian
Producer: Yimei Maya Huang, co-producer Sola Fasehun
Cast: Chiz Schultz, Eileen Miller, Anne-Marie Agbodji, Jose Ramos, Stephen Corey Melton, Alecia Hurts, Rose Hamish,
Time: 10:00

Synopsis: A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.


Director: Robert Bracker
Producer: Marissa Messina
Cast: Vanessa Benavente, Ronnie Kerr, Sean Burgos,
Time: 15:00

Synopsis: A female Border Patrol Agent’s 8-month pregnant sister gets deported and she must choose between her job and her family.

Swimming In The Desert

Director: Alvaro Ron
Producer: Rosana Tomas, Saray Deiseil, Sergio Aguero, Marc Cote
Cast: Tony Plana, Melody Marquez, Karen Strassman and Andy Milder
Time: 15:00

Synopsis: In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry […]

Barry the Blobfish

Director: Marleia A. Alfaro
Producer: Eduardo Lechuga
Cast: Paolo Trelles
Time: 2:29

Synopsis: Barry is a fat ugly fish that can’t swim and lives at the bottom of the ocean. He longs to live on a beautiful coral reef at the top of a tall, tall cliff.

Guo Guo

Director: Wendy Zhang
Producer: Elizabeth Morier, Gregory Ports
Cast: Bruce Li and Lily Hong
Time: 10:35

Synopsis: A young Chinese boy struggles to adapt to the unfamiliar, when he first moves to America with his mother.


Director: Jiacheng Xu
Producer: Jiacheng Xu
Cast: Yi
Time: 35:38

Synopsis: Yi (2017) centers on a Chinese migrant laborer who illegally immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and has since worked primarily in various restaurants on the East Coast. In 2010, he was arrested by the F.B.I. and was charged with drug possession and the intent to distribute, for which he spent three […]

White Blood

Director: Thanasis Deligeorgis
Producer: Daniela Damianidou
Cast: Orestis Tziovas, Tina Leonora, Katia Papaioannou
Time: 15:18

Synopsis: The White Blood movie, through the story of two people, touches on the issue of bone marrow donation, thus supporting the fight against leukemia.
The story evolves around the two central characters of Eve and Achilles, who are accidentally seen in the courtyard of a hospital. Achilles suffers from […]


Director: Tung Wu
Producer: Yi Yi, Leiqi Lin
Cast: Dane Agrentieri, Noemie Medini, John Carney, Bettina Devin, Barnaby Falls
Time: 27:47

Synopsis: While James, a young man who lost all his memories, is imprisoned in a chamber with a mysterious old man, the only thing he remembers is a woman who has a butterfly tattoo. He has to find out who […]

Night shift

Executive Producers: Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, John Evangalista, Bryan H. Carrol
Producer: Moira Griffin, Efuru Flowers and Marshall Tyler
Co-Producer: Kaylon Hunt
Cast: Tunde Adebimpe, China Shavers
Time: 16:04

Synopsis: Tunde Adebimpe (NASTY BABY) plays OLLY JEFFRIES, an on-again off-again actor whose career has stagnated over the years and ends up gigging as a bathroom attendant in a LA nightclub, called “The Fix”. […]

Wishing Box

Director: Wenli Zhang and Nan Li
Producer: Lindsay Elgin
Time: 5:26

Synopsis: The pirate Derek and his sidekick monkey after years sailing, finally found a treasure box, and this box is a magic box can make your wishes come true.

A Time Before

Director: Zhibo Lai
Producer: Zhibo Lai
Cast: Kevin Tan, Lorena Berger, Kayla Anderson and Kelsey Saunders
Time: 11:42

Synopsis: The masked secrets of a newlywed couple are revealed through the lens of time. A one take film of cause and effect.


Director: Patrick Green and Steve Tirona
Producer: Vanessa Perez
Cast: Christina Masterson
Time: 6:00

Synopsis: A colorful day in the secret life of a graffiti artist looking to make a mark.

Father’s Day

Director: Betty Ouyang
Producer: Betty Ouyang
Cast: Larry Wang Parrish, Betty Ouyang and Angelita Bushey
Time: 14:49

Synopsis: Part Drama and part Absurdist Comedy, “Father’s Day” takes a very UN-glamorous look at Los Angeles through the eyes of 2 Chinese-American Sisters–one an aspiring Screenwriter, the other a Struggling Actress. ‘Angelita’ and ‘Betty’ have survived 10 tough years in LA–battling Addiction issues, relentless Debt, limited […]

Massacre at Hells Canyon

Director: Kami Horton
Producer: Kami Horton
Time: 28:00

Synopsis: Chinese immigrants were instrumental in building the American West, but they faced unprecedented legalized discrimination and violence.
The U.S.’s worst mass murder of Chinese by whites happened in rural Oregon when a gang of horse thieves killed as many as 34 Chinese gold miners. For over a century, the murders were covered up, […]


Director: Federica D’Ignoti
Producer: Petra Lopez
Cast: Ketty Governali
Time: 13:00

Synopsis: The italian theatrical dramatic monologue“La Barbona written and played by Ketty Governali, is a scathing story about a woman who has lost all her dignity and hope, becoming the scum of society as a consequence. The only thing that would have prevented her transformation, from person to beast , […]

The Last Tip

Director: Patrick Chen
Cast: Geoff Lee, Celai Au and Li Zong
Time: 4:35

Synopsis: During the course of his meal, a loyal patron reminisces into his past memories at his favorite restaurant one last time.

Brad Lee

Director: Hao Wang
Producer: Lu Jia
Cast: Daniel Joo, Jenny Mesa, Teddy Purdy, Austin Uku, Renee Dobre
Time: 18:30

Synopsis: Brad Lee, an underground MMA fighter moved from east to west coast to get away from his fighter’s life and start a new one. But when he gets a job as a janitor at a gym, his old life starts to creep in and […]

Ten Thousand Miles

Director: Nathan Ellis
Producer:Lu Ning
Cast: Ricky Ryba, Anette Puskas and Sean Harmon
Time: 21:00

Synopsis: When a young helicopter door gunner fails to return fire during a life-or-death emergency rescue mission in Afghanistan, his Commander discovers it was linked to personal issues and grounds him. It isn’t until the Commander himself endures his own personal heartache that he comes to realize the […]

Butterflies in the dark

Director: Daniel Mercatali
Producer: Daniel Mercatali
Time: 13:05

Synopsis: A day like any other, between the colors and scents of autumn in a beautiful city park, Veronica and Maya.
A generational meeting in which the vision of life is the main topic to be explored on two different benches.
On the one hand Maya, his new way of life, in a […]

Home Away

Director: Zhengrongfeng Huang
Producer: Zhengrongfeng Huang
Cast: Delon Lyadi and Britimattio
Time: 9:44

Synopsis: A Chinese illegal immigrant sneaks into the US, and tries to retrieve his son,who has been forcefully taken away, but will he succeed or fail…

A Good Man

Director: Jeff Liu
Producer: Jeff Locker and Kara Wang
Cast: Jeff Locker and Kara Wang
Time: 10:02

Synopsis: As a man fights to save his relationship, he discovers that being good is simply not enough.

The Train

Director: Aaron Dunbar
Producer: Aaron Dunbar
Time: 5:48

Synopsis: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
-Antoine de Saint Exupéry

An animated tale of love, solitude, and artistic obsession.

Total Control

Director: Z Cheun
Producer: Luc Owono and Sheila Chan
Cast: Z Cheun, Don Arangio, James P. Duffy, Phil Nee, Neil Sanchez, Kris Paredes, Veronica Jacques, Emmanuel Grenader, Steven Arangio, Fumiko Tajima, Brian Spain, Elizabeth Lovece, Michael Jones, Saehwah Lim, Steven Arangio, Brandon Elia, Kelly Aston, Marianne Labriola, Tadashi Mitsui and George Ortiz
Time: 23:00

Synopsis: A Film about Justin Lin – This short films […]

The Last Interview

Director: Jamie Wang
Producer: Lionel Levine
Cast: Lara Farasat, Lionel Levine and Yiyun Qiu
Time: 12:23

Synopsis: A man sits for what he thinks is a normal job interview for a mysterious company he didn’t apply for, only to realize the stakes couldn’t be any higher.


Director: YueCheng Liu
Producer: Luis Mendez Jr.
Cast: Stefanie Butler, Daniel Harray and Gys De Villiers
Time: 13:47

Synopsis: When Frankie’s husband is detained at the airport for being a spy, she must decide whether to sacrifice her secrets to save him.


Director: Dinh Thai
Producer: Brian Burgett
Cast: Kevin David Lin
Time: 18:15

Synopsis: First place winner of HBO’s inaugural APA Visionaries contest. “What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his […]


Length: 17mins46secs
Director: 修庆
Cast: 修庆、梦真

“Xuanyuan Rumours” tells the story of two old people watch life story, through their memories to tell which span a period of half a century of precious emotions. A shallow strait for generations deep thoughts; A memorable piece of Xiangyin is born veins raised from mark…
Root culture is part of the Chinese traditional culture, such as nationality, […]


Length: 22mins
Director: 刘志林
Cast: 白根台

The film tells the story of an old man of nine years in a quiet life about the unusual past.


Length: 16mins50secs
Director: 陈勇瑞

It tells 4 stories about sorrow, joy parting and reunion to indicate the spectrum of life. Reunion is a love story about a man confesses to his female friend. Parting is about a mother seeing off her son at a bus stop. Sorrow is a sad story about a woman understands why she couldn’t be together with her […]


Length: 22mins
Director: 簡嵐淇、張晉維
Cast: 蔡明修、何子華

There is an April day with the inconsistent weather. A taxi driver, four passengers, sisters, and brother are going to visit their mother. As strangers,Chaos is in silence, in their minds, on the road…


Length: 20mins
Director: 吴佳
Cast: 付骏福、马丽卿

This short film tells the story about Mr. Wang Zhijun, a retired veteran, suffers from chronic bronchitis due to long-term smoking. Because his frequently-met comrades also suffered from the illness torture in their old age for their addiction to smoking and died of it at last. Wang Zhijun began to give up smoking but failed. Shortly after, […]


Length: 23mins
Director: 蓝灿昭
Cast: 猴先生

The day before Chinese New Year, Mr. Monkey chopped the wood, lit-up the fire, cooked the food as if nothing was going to happen; eventually, nothing ever happened.


Length: 22mins29secs
Director: 林琴琴
Cast: 董麟、洪爽

Sailor Yu Hean was engaged with a diamond smuggling activity for money to save his ill daughter’s life. During the voyage, he was shipwrecked and floated to an islet. He soon found out the crime on this island. In the dilemma of his daughter and the abducted woman, he has to make a choice.


Length: 16mins
Director: 练荣
Cast: 刘宇恒、谭明谣

Since childhood, Jingwen had been fascinated by fine art. At middle school, her first-love boyfriend Haoming was a big music lover. She and the boy used to make a wish together to pursue their common dream of art. However, they went through all kinds of obstacles in the process of growth. Just before her college graduation, with […]


Length: 24mins
Director: 刘嘉琪
Cast: 任重、张楚楚、 Vanessa Branch

White American writer Anna adopted an 8 year-old girl named Angel from China ten years ago. During this period, the mother and daughter experienced questions and get looked down at. The two slogged through difficulties and slowly became more mutually trusting and loving.


Length: 9mins46secs
Director: 周永亨
Cast: 伍定彦、曾淑雅

A dad is a son’s first hero. Could Don’s dad be his hero and guide him when he lost his direction?
As a child, Don aspired to follow his dad’s footsteps as a photographer. Twenty years slipped by as the little boy grew and succeeded in his career. At the same time, Don neglected his father in favor […]


Length: 10mins
Director: 戴秦
Cast: 戴秦、朱丽玲

“Heart Journey” is director Dai Qin’s tribute to his deceased father and chronicles the physically harrowing and emotional journey as Dai Qin carries his father’s remains to places they would have visited together. The film is so touching and powerful, full of love and gratitude to his father as he finds himself. Through the movie’s positive energy, […]


Length: 11mins
Director: 夏俊
Cast: Sasha Andreev、Christopher Arias、Katy Bodenhamer

It’s about a young girl wakes up in a hospital surrounded by police covered in the blood of her boyfriend with the help of a video camera she slowly pieces together what happened… she mays not like what she finds.


Length: 25mins
Director: 李啟銓

Lin Mei-yin, the only child in her family, went hiking with her father in Shoushan, Kaohsiung, at the age of nine. That was the first time she met macaques. Over some twenty years, she grew up with macaques in the mountains together. She noticed that the number of her family macaques has been decreasing, while human-macaque conflicts have […]


Length: 21mins35secs
Director: 吴雅文、刘珉

This is a documentary centering on a group of people who are approaching the last chapter of their life. Songtang Hospice is like a time ship, which is heading to life’s final destination – death. Each room is like a cabin. Various elder people, who are pushed in and pushed out through the long hallway, are the temporary […]


Length: 6mins11secs
Director: 肖君逸

A girl tried to escape from the village she lives in, but stopped by her mother again and again.


Length: 12mins
Director: 敬然
Cast: Ben Jaeger-Thomas、Geoff Lee、Angel Pai

FISH STEW fleshes out the fractured relationship between Alice and her ailing elder father. In an attempt to conceal her separation, Alice forces her EX to put on a united front for appearance sake. Tension weaves itself in and out of each interaction, each look, every exchange of words, a constant reminder of […]


Length: 18mins29secs
Director: 刘威、刘磊

There exists a remote village called Zhuomulang located in Yi mountain area, which is 2,734.8 kilometers from Shanghai.
The documentary film “Sunlight” chronicled a team from Shanghai Startimes Public Culture Center with more than thirty members who are engaged in art work went to Yi mountain in Yunnan province in the year 2017 with the aim to deliver their […]


Length: 9mins34secs
Director: Hongyu Li

After dad passes away, the son has no choice to take the unexpected
responsibility but his Alzheimer’s mom cannot recognize him anymore


Length: 17mins
Director: 刘松

A teenage girl, born in China but raised by a White American single mom, stubbornly insists on living her cultural and racial roots with no regard for the feelings of the mom who loves her, only to learn a very harsh and heartbreaking truth of the circumstances of her birth.


Length: 27mins
Director: 齐家伟
Cast: 刘自强、范子绮

In 1999, a storm in real estate kicked off. Wang Yongli, eager to live decent in the city, Liu Yanmei, devoted to providing a better life for her son, and Po Jun, concentrating to be along with Liu Yanmei, the three people started their new lives in a concrete world. Another moon festival comes, everyone believed dreams […]


Length: 9mins43secs
Director: 郭小雄
Cast: Zack Bolla、Helen Haggerty

Space hero Lance returns to childhood hometown to meet his child hood friend Selena. When he finds, he has already become a stranger in Selena’s eyes, Lance leaves the café she runs. Lance leaves Selena a short letter and a small piece of rock he brings from lunar surface. Turns out, Lance dedicates his whole […]


Length: 20mins
Director: 于妮妮
Cast: 曹酉然、李珈西

The story happened in a have a long history of six hundred years suspended ancient village, the family through the theme, with the subjective point of view the son of Wang Mengyuan, tells the story of a past life through generations of touching stories.

Wait, What Kind of Man

Length: 5mins48secs
Director: 林尚龍
Cast: 林尚龍

“Wait, What Kind of Man” is a lighthearted internationally acclaimed short film based on a comedic take on the trials faced in young love, rejection, and acceptance directed by 17 year old two time award winning director Abey Lin. This short film has been showcased and acclaimed at multiple international level film festivals!


Length: 11mins
Director: Johnson Cheng
Cast: Xing Lian、Zixuan Liu

As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.


Length: 16mins42secs
Director: 黄理丽
Cast: 孙一畅、Alice Wen

High school girl Mei Mei born in China was adopted by an American family when she was a little. A typical Chinese boy Chris (Chinese name Fu) who just moved to American from China appears into her life. Something happens between the two teenagers and Mei Mei gradually starts to understand the difference between Chinese and […]


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