2016

Below are the 2016 Guam International Film Festival Official Selections, Award Nominees and Winners.

2016 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

RETRIEVER
Narrative
Korea | 26 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Joo Hwan Kim, Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Lee Kwang is an illegal immigrant in Korea. He makes a living by stealing dogs from animal shelters and selling them to butchers. But when he adopts a big golden retriever named Bori, the two develop a special bond.

LION DANCE
Animation
US | 6 min. | US PREMIERE

Tim Pattinson, Producer/Co-Writer/Co-Director, Co-Designer

Zheng Kang, Co-Writer/Co-Director, Co-Designer, Art Director

Jian, a Chinese lion dancer, is leading the annual parade through his town when he locks eyes with Ayumi. It’s love at first sight, but the parade must continue! Can Jian and Ayumi find each other again?! Lion Dance is a romantic visual poem set during a traditional Asian parade. It explores the theme of serendipity using a combination of CG, 2D animation techniques and a rhythmic and pulsating soundtrack to express the emotion and actions of the characters. LION DANCE is the MFA thesis film of Zheng Kang and Tim Pattinson, USC School of Cinematic Arts class of 2016.

 

Official Selections
Bucheon International Film Festival (Korea)
Aesthetica International Film Festival (United Kingdom)

Official Website: Lion Dance FB

THE FOX OF SHICHIGOROSAWA
Animation
Japan | 14 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Tune Sugihara, Writer/Director/Animator

w/English subtitles
The Fox of Hakodate Higashiyama have been living by the Shichigoro swamp for generations, but humans have begun polluting these waters with medical waste… Through traditional Ainu storytelling, this story illustrates the tale of this Fox entirely in Ainu.

 

Awards
Audience Award – Tokyo Anime Award Festival (Japan)
Jury Youth Award – Cine’Eco 2015 21nd International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela (Portugal)
3rd Prize – International Short Film Festival Berlin Green Film Award (Germany)

BRILLIANT DARKNESS: HOTARU IN THE NIGHT
Documentary
Japan/USA | 12 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Emily Driscoll, Director

James Karl Fischer, Executive Producer

w/English subtitles
‘Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night’ explores the importance of darkness, and the erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the US. The film, presented by the Zoological Lighting Institute, features artists and scientists working to understand firefly flash patterns and live among wildlife in urban settings.

 

Awards
J-Wave Audience Awards, Save the Earth Category – Japan Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Finalist, Best Short Film – New York Wild Film Festival

Official Website: BrilliantDarknessMovie.com

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

JOSEON – KOREA
Documentary
Japan | 15 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Ik-Tong Ryo, Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

w/English subtitles
A nationless Korean girl from Japan studying in America searches, thinks, and discovers the meaning of the nationality and the passport with the people having the same background.

 

Official Selections
Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA 2016 (Japan)
Athens International Short Film Festival – 2016 (Greece)

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

SCHIRKOA
Animation
India | 14 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Ishan Shukla, Writer/Director/CGI/Post-production

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
In the dystopian city of Schirkoa, a teenage prostitute, Little Whore (LW), recollects her tragic affair with a senate member – Baghead 197A. The short is divided into 4 chapters. The city of Schirkoa, known for its virtuous citizens, prohibits the entry of immigrant creatures from the ‘alleys of misfits’.

 

Awards
Globe Award – Around International Film Festival
Best Animated Short – Sydney World Film Festival
Best Animated Short – Venice Film Week
Best Animated Short – LA Shorts Fest

Official Website: www.schirkoa.com

ELLIE
Narrative
Canada | 8 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Morgana McKenzie, Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Colorist

Desperate measures are taken to escape a violent world concealed within an isolated cottage.

 

Awards
Gertrude Löwengren Award for Best Fiction Film – TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts
Best Youth Film – FilmQuest
Best Female Filmmaker – Scout Film Festival
Best Student Narrative Film – Longleaf Film Festival
Best International Narrative Short – Lovett School Film Festival
Best Editing – Durham

Official Website: Morgana McKenzie.com

GREENER GRASS
Narrative
US | 15 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Paul Briganti, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
In this dark comedy of manners, soccer moms Jill and Lisa seek the approval of their “friends” – at all costs. This surreal world is just on the edge of consciousness; suburbia through the looking glass. Every adult wears painful braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members become pawns in this competition for acceptance. Greener Grass explores one’s willingness to endure present pain in exchange for future validation – or at least a perfect smile.

 

Awards
Special Jury Prize – SXSW

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

WHY WE WENT TO THE MOON
Narrative
US | 7 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Ned Daly, Producer/Writer/Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Said to be culled from NASA archives, and including recently “de-classified” videos, a fictional US government agency reveals for the first time the true nature of the Apollo space voyages. “Why We Went to the Moon” explores the history of man’s fascination with our near-Earth companion – especially the longing for exotic sexual adventures with the women who must live there. These (mostly) suppressed fantasies achieve unstoppable political potency among American men when the shortage of women during the Eisenhower administration becomes an existential crisis.

 

One government official (who has asked not to be named) said, “Ha! Very clever…I like it as is.”

Official Selections
World Festival of Emerging Cinema

Official Website: FWD Labs

GOLDWASH – “SEPARATE”
Music Video
US | 4 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Noah Lang, Producer/Director

Two aging ballroom dancers break into an opulent home to reclaim their past romantic magic.

Official Website: Goldwash Music

BROTHERS RUN
Narrative
Guam | 38 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Kent Velesrubio, Producer/Writer/Director/Editor

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Fed up with his parents’ constant disputes and the fear that they will soon get a divorce, David (Kent Velesrubio) plans to run away from home.

DUENDES GONE BAD
Narrative
Guam | 15 min.

Alex Munoz, Supervising Director

When a duendes discovered that his twin brother was killed by an intoxicated teen, he becomes full of rage-filled revenge. This film was made by students at the Department of Youth Affairs on Guam, under the supervision of Films By Youth Inside (FYI Films).

 

Official Selections
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Garifuna International Film Festival

Official Website: Films By Youth Inside

MAVERICK
Narrative
Taiwan | 120 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Wen-Tang Cheng, Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
There’s always an invisible line between right and wrong for newbie copy Yeh. Unlike his senior fellow officers, he finds it hard to turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by the Taichung City Council Chairman and his gangster son “Black Monkey”.

 

Official Selections
2015 Taipei Film Festival (opening night film)

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, KAISER CHUANG

FREE
Documentary
Croatia | 76 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Tomislav Zaja, Producer/Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Free follows the path to freedom of a group of people with intellectual disabilities that are locked away in Croatian institutions. The only things that Ivan, Enes, Tina, Kruno, Mirko, Tomo have in common is that they are outcasts of society and they dream of freedom. After decades spent in institutions, a new beginning awaits them: Ivan has always wanted to be a police officer, Enes buys a video camera and starts to document his everyday life, Tina and Kruno want to get married, Mirko and Tomo dream of becoming football coaches at their favourite local club, Silvia starts singing in the church choir, Andjelko is trying to find a girl and a job… The camera observes them, capturing their perspective on the biggest change of their lives while they try to fulfil their long-postponed dreams.

 

Awards
Best Director – Liburnia Film Festival 2016
Best Feature Documentary – Venice Film Week 2016
Best Feature Documentary – Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival 2016
Best Feature Documentary – Top Indie Film Awards 2016
Award of Merit: Disability Issues – Accolade Global Film Competition 2016

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

ROYCE GRACIE ON GUAM
Documentary
Guam | 30 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Producer/Director: Patrick Lujan
Editor: Kyle Santos

Professional MMA fighter and UFC Hall of Famer, Royce Gracie, visits Guam to enjoy life in the Marianas and to observe the breadth of his legacy from his profound influence on the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

CHOPIN NOCTURNE OP.37, NO.2 IN G
Narrative
Taiwan | 39 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Wu Jia-kai, Co-Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
The film is adapted from the short story, Bicycle boy, from original author Ko Yu-Fen.

 

A girl named Su-Yun, who gave up on herself because of her broken family, met a boy in this town who came from Taipei and also broken — Bo-An. Originally, Bo-An wanted to meet the girl who played ‘Chopin nocture Op.37, No.2 in G’ in the church, at the same time, Su-Yun also wanted to know the life in Taipei because she planned to leave the town. Therefore Su-Yun helped Bo-An to find the girl with a playing heart, but the broken pieces of two were also hurting each other. When they found that their broken hearts seem to be a salvation to both of them, they also grown up overnight unexpectedly.

Official Selections
2016 National Taiwan University of Arts – Department of Motion Picture – Graduation Production exhibition.

Official Website: Chopin FB

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

I MATAI (THE DEAD)
Narrative
Guam | 4 min.

Kyle Perron and Nico Serneo, Directors/Editors

Nia Serneo, Producer

w/English subtitles
A fallen warrior is honored by his family in an experimental take of the Ancient
Chamoru Death Ceremony.

 

Official Selections
2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts

Official Website: Mighty Island

MELE MURALS
Documentary
US | 67 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Tadashi Nakamura, Director/Editor

Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, graffiti artists Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people.

 

Official Selections
Hawaii International cheap kamagra online us Film Festival
Tacoma Film Festival
CAAM Fest
Asian American International Film Festival

Official Website: Mele Murals

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

A TWIST OF YARN
Narrative
Guam | 14 min.

Juli Hernandez, Co-Director

Whispering-willow Dela Cruz, Co-Director

Paulette M. Coulter, Screenplay

Shawn Camacho, Director of Photography/Editor

Drakkoir “Dray” Thompson, Sound Mixer/Story Consultant

Michelle Luzano, Production Assistant

Ean Tiajeron, Makeup Artist

A married couple is taken into custody for questioning by local police for an old lady is reported as missing. “A Twist of Yarn” is an adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” cast in the format of a police procedural, in this case, the format of the television series Homicide Hunter, and based on the theory that when a story is read, the characters come alive in the minds of the reader.

WINNER – DOCOMO PACIFIC AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

AYOTTE’ – WAY OF THE WARRIOR POET
Narrative
Saipan | 4 min.

Vicente “Ben” Salas, Producer/Writer/Director/Cast/Score

A spoken word poet is summoned by a call from his Chamoru “Taotao Mo’na” ancestors to take up the mantle of inspiring new generations of Ayotte’ poets. Ayotte’ is a Chamorro tradition of semi-impromptu call-and-response poetry that bears stylistic similarities to modern day battle rapping and spoken word slam poetry performances.

Official Selections
2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts

TOKYO COSMO
Animation
Japan | 5 min. | US PREMIERE

Living alone in Tokyo, a woman struggles to fights the stress of her monotonous job and the loneliness of the city each day. One day, her toy pig awakens to send her into a magical world, and what awaits her there…

 

Awards
Audience Choice Award – DigiCon 6 Asia (Japan)
Audience Prize – International Digital Animation Festival (Japan)
2nd Prize – International Digital Animation Festival (Japan)

AMERICAN SEOUL
Animation
US | 3 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Jeeyoon Lee, Director/Animator

A family immigrates from Seoul to New York City in pursuit of greater opportunities. Despite initial difficulties, a serendipitous encounter brings hope for the future.

 

Official Selections
Tribeca Film Festival

SYAAHI
Animation
India | 30 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Varun Tandon, Writer/Director

w/English subtitles
A young boy. A quaint hilly town. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Perhaps, that is what metamorphosis needs. Syaahi is a coming of age story of a young boy, portraying seemingly simple events of childhood, which in a larger picture end up leaving a lasting impression and alter one’s being.

 

Awards
Best Short Film – Flying Elephant Competition (India)
Best National Short Film – International Film Festival of Prayag (India)
Special Jury Mention – Noida International Film Festival (India)
Best Child Actor Nominee – New York Indian Film Festival

Official Website: Kya Baat Hai Production

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

ADI | AT THE CONFLUENCE
Documentary
India | 20 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Joor Baruah, Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Through a series of encounters with the indegenious Adi people around the old town of Pasighat in the remote Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on the border of India and China, Adi | At The Confluence, potrays the resilience of this unique tribe amidst a confluence of issues related to their land, water and identity.

 

Official Selections
Santa Cruz Film Festival (US)

Official Website: Adi | At the Confluence

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

UNDER THE SUN
Narrative
China | 19 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Qiu Yang, Producer/Writer/Director/Editor

Natalie James, Producer/1st Assistant Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
One incident occurs, two families tangle. There’s nothing new under the sun.

 

Official Selections
68th Festival de Cannes (France)
29th AFI Fest (US)
52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award (Taipei)
22nd Slamdance Film Festival (US)
64th Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)

Official Website: underthesunshortfilm.com

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

SOCIOPATHS
Narrative
Japan | 6 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

A.T., Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
A girl encounters an android on the street. She finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a “message.”

 

Official Selections
Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2015 (Japan) Special Jury Winner
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016 (USA)
Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA kamagra in uk 2016 (Japan)
Nightpiece Film Festival presents Medway Visions 2016 (UK)
Athens International Short Film Festival – PSAROKOKALO 2016 (Greece)
Kino Fest 2016 (Romania)
Camera Japan 2016 (Netherland)
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2016 (Cyprus)
Kaohsiung Film Festival 2016 (Taiwan)
Underexposed Film Festival yc 2016 (USA)

BACONHORN
Narrative
Australia | 2 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Oliver Marsden, Producer/Writer/Director

BaconHorn has hired Clancy to help him beat up Reggie, the neighbourhood bully. It’s 1984.

BETWEEN THE LINES
Narrative
Japan | 5 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Daisuke Yamaoka, Writer/Director

w/English subtitles
Just as Kyoko is about to leave for Tokyo, her childhood friend Tomo, who wants her to stay, bids her farewell somewhat aggressively. Kyoko senses that he is going to confess his love for her, and bolts. When he asks why she is running away from him, she decides to…

 

Official Selections
Sanuki Film Festival 2016 (Japan)
Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA 2016 (Japan)
The Down Town Taito Internatioanl Comedy Film Festival 2016 (Japan)
Kino Fest 2016 (Romania)
Athens International Short Film Festival – PSAROKOKALO 2016 (Greece)
Camera Japan 2016 (Netherland)
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016 (UK)

DECIBELS
Animation
France | 4 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Léo Verrier, Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
At a party amongst friends, each one tries to make the others listen to their music. It makes for a veritable cacophony.

HAIL THE BODHISATTVA OF COLLECTED JUNK
Music Video
Taiwan | 7 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Ye Mimi, Director

w/English subtitles
This experimental music video is based on a poem that both satirizes and celebrates local culture in Taiwan. “Hail the Bodhisattva of Collected Junk,” the title of both the song and the poem, is a play on the Buddhist phrase “Hail the Bodhisattva Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy.” The poem refers to local junk vendors, who repeatedly call out “sell them to me” as they walk from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for unwanted household items, typically scrap metal, tools and electronics.

Official Selections
The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival
Experimenta
Cairo Video Festival
Roma Poetry fFilm Festival

THE BABY LU’AU
Narrative
US | 16 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Jana Park Moore, Producer/Co-Writer/Director

Brooke Cho, an ambitious young attorney, confronts her estranged family after a 5-year absence. Brooke soon discovers that not everything is what it seems to be and she must race against time to uncover the truth or lose what she loves most.

 

Official Selections
Machetanz Film Festival

Official Website: The Baby Lu’au

MOANA RUA: THE RISING OF THE SEA
Documentary
Fiji | 57 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Vilsoni Hereniko, Writer/Director

Based on a stage production that toured Europe in 2015, this film uses music, song, dance, poetry, and storytelling to explore the human dimension of climate change, especially the experience of being forced out of the land of your birth because of rising sea levels.

 

Official Selections
British Museum, UK
COP 21, France

WALK FOR ME
Narrative
US | 12 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Elegance Bratton, Producer/Writer/Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story where Hassan Kendricks explores his trans identity as a part of NYC’s underground ballroom scene and the night his mother catches him in drag.

 

Awards
Best Student Film – New Hampshire Film Festival (US)

Official Website: Walk For Me

K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN
Documentary
Pakistan | 55 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Iara Lee, Producer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of the indigenous porters of Gilgit/Baltistan in Pakistan. These heroes of mountaineering make possible the ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the courage and everyday sacrifices of these unacknowledged porters. It also provides a fresh look into Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as being merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.

 

Awards
Audience Award – Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival (Pakistan)
Best Film – Rio Mountain Festival (Brazil)
Honorable Mention – International Festival of Mountain Films Poprad (Slovakia)
Best Documentary – Salento International Film Festival (Italy)
Special Jury Prize – BBVA Mountain Film Festival (Spain)
2nd Place International Film Competition – Krakow Mountain Festival (Poland)
Best Sound and Editing – Jaipur International Film Festival (India)
Best Cinematography – Jaipur International Film Festival (India)
Best Documentary, Women Filmmaker Section – Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh)

Official Website: K2 and the Invisible Footmen

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

BEAST
Narrative
Philippines | 90 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Directors: Tom and Sam McKeith

Deep in the slums of Manila, a young boxer’s life is changed forever when his father pressures him to cheat in a fight.

NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, CHAD MCKINLEY

THE SISTER
Narrative, Experimental
Philippines | 80 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Producer: Ferdinand Lapuz
Writer/Director: Joseph Israel Laban

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
In the middle of the traditional moryonan rites observed every Holy Week in the island province of Marinduque, Mariana receives a devastating news from abroad.

WINNER – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, SUE PRADO

KAPATIRAN/BROTHERHOOD
Narrative, Experimental
Philippines | 87 min.

Producer: Bianca Balbuena
Director: Pepe Diokno

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
With the deadly fraternity wars among Filipino youth as a starting point, “Kaptiran” becomes a cinematic essay about the filmmaker’s hometown of Manila.

 

Official Website: Kapatiran FB

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

LITTLE SHIMAJIRO
Animation
Japan | 9 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Isamu Hirabayashi, Director

Shimajiro is a little tiger boy living in a quiet forest. His mischievousness gets him into trouble with some bees, which chase him all over the forest. Shimajiro manages to lose them, but in his anger at being chased, he accidentally kicks a family of turtles, and then falls into a hole because he isn’ t looking. Many of the forest’ s residents try to help him, but they fail to pull him out of the hole. Although these creatures are only trying to help, Shimajiro takes his frustration out on them and hurts their feelings. Eventually, he is rescued—but by the last creature he expected. The story explores how kindness is passed down to young children kamagra usa through acts of kindness performed by others, and how being kind to others can bring joy to children and help them grow as people.

 

Official Selections
Cannes Film Festival (France)
Festival International du Film d’Animation de Paris
Japan Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

THE VIRGIN FLOWER
Mature Animation
Guam | 6 min.

Dylan Montalbo, Animator/Director/Camera/Editor

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Based upon the best-selling indie video-game “Hotline Miami”, The Main Character “Jacket”, receives a message about a gang that has kidnapped an innocent young girl, whom they plan to do horrendous acts to. Jacket, however isn’t the type of guy to just standby, so he takes up matters into his own hands…literally.

NOMINEE – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

TREASURE NEST
US | 6 min.

Director: Dean Yamada
Writer: Yu Shibuya
Producer: Dani Light, Matthew Little, Showgo Ookawa, Yu Shibuya, Rachel van der Merwe
Cast: Sakae Kimura, Yugo Saso, Hitomi Takimoto, Hiroko Wada, Jumpei Yasui, Masayuki Yui

Grand Jury Award WINNER – Best Narrative Feature, WINNER – Achievement in Acting (Yugo Saso)

MOON OF SLEEPLESS NIGHT
Animation
Japan | 25 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Takeshi Yashiro, Writer/Director/Animator

w/English subtitles
When the moon gets stuck in a tree and leaves the town in eternal night, a Squirrel of the Moon and a young boy of the forest embark on a journey to help free the moon.

 

Official Selections
International Animation Festival (Japan)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Japan)
Edinburgh Short Film Festival (UK)
Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan)

LOVE BITE: LAURIE LIPTON AND HER DISTURBING BLACK & WHITE DRAWINGS
Documentary
United Kingdom | 34 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

James Scott, Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Sundance award—winning Editor James Scott’s documentary directorial debut Love Bite chronicles Laurie Lipton’s life and prolific body of black & white work spanning over fifty years. Largely ignored by the mainstream art world, her creations are perhaps too real, too raw and show us a portrait of ourselves we’re not willing to see.

 

Official Selections
SXSW Film Festival (USA)
DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Canada)

Official Website: LoveBiteFilm.com

SMOKE THAT TRAVELS
Documentary
US | 13 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Kayla Briët, Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Composer

As a recently turned adult, filmmaker Kayla Briët explores her Prairie Band Potawatomi roots through the teachings of her father, Gary Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk, and her family.

 

Official Selections
INTERMIX: Summer in the City (UK)
YouTube Buffer Festival (Canada)
YoungArts Cinematic Arts + Dance Presentation (US)

Official Website: Smoke That Travels FB

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

TADAIMA
Narrative
US | 16 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Robin Takao D’Oench, Producer/Writer/Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
George, Akiko, Kaori, and Kazuo return to their former house in the summer of 1945, following the end of World War II and the closure of the Japanese American Internment camps. Arriving home, they find the house ransacked by vandals and in a state of disrepair. Emotions flair and each individual member of the family react differently to the homecoming. While rebuilding their home, the family is able to recover a “takarabako” – a chest of memorable items that had to be left behind before the evacuation, bringing the family closer together. As the day draws to a close, cheapest kamagra online there is a glimmer of hope that the future holds better days.

 

Awards
Best Supporting Actor – Asians on Film Festival (US)
Best Ensemble – Asians on Film Festival (US)
Best Cinematography – Asians on Film Festival (US)

Official Website: tadaimathemovie.com

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

MATCH GIRL
Narrative
US | 11 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Colter Fellows, Writer/Director

It is a post war world. 3 siblings have taken refuge in a cabin. Laurie, the youngest to two older order cheap kamagra brothers seeks to go outside and experience what lies beyond the door of the cabin. They do not allow this.

EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
Narrative
Japan | 16 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Kenji Qurata, Director/Editor

w/English subtitles
When a childless wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she and her husband embark on a journey to find Tsuchinoko, a legendary Japanese snake. As the seasons pass by, the loving couple cherish their precious moments with a lot of laughter.

 

Official Selections
Shibuya International Short Film Festival 2014 (Japan)
Japanese Short Film Festival 2015 (Serbia)
Fukui Film Festival 2016 (Japan)
Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA 2016 (Japan)
Underexposed Film Festival yc 2016 (USA)
Athens International Short Film Festival – PSAROKOKALO 2016 (Greece)

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, MASAYUKI MAEKAWA

SCAMS INCORPORATED
Narrative
Australia | 11 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Matt Mirams, Producer/Writer/Director

What would you do to land a job? That’s the question two men and a woman must confront when vying for one position at a secretive business.

 

Official Website: Bioscope Films

CRUDE
Music Video
US | 4 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Sion Joseph, Director

Crude is a short experimental fashion film based on the themes of the middle east, women in the middle east and the damage that the excavation of natural resources have had on its iconic wildlife and nature. The film follows the journey of a young women wandering through the wasteland of the now damaged deserts in the search for the final untouched oasis of nature and life.

Awards
Best Experimental Film – Sao Paulo Times Film Festival

Official Website: SRJ Films

THROUGH MY STREET
Music Video
Switzerland | 5 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Piet Baumgartner, Writer/Director

Digger Love – Music Video for Rio Wolta.

MAHEMIR
Narrative
Pakistan | 147 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Anjum Shahzad, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
The movie is inspired by the work of Mir Taqi Mir, the first classical master of Urdu poetry. The story follows the struggle of a contemporary poet and draw parallels with events in MIR’s life. His conflict with the royal court, his romance with a courtesan, his ideals of bringing Urdu poetry to the people in the street and his eventual madness in full moon, all reflected in his poetry.

 

Official Website: Mahemir the Movie

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, MANZAR SEHBAI

KANU BELONG KERUM
Documentary
Papua New Guinea | 17 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Daniel von Rüdiger, Director

w/English subtitles
Kanu belong Keram is a document of the building of a canoe in the remote village Kambot. It is located at the jungle river Keram, which is a side stream of the great jungle river Sepik in Papua New Guinea. The building of a canoe can be seen as an example of the importance and greatness of community work.

 

Official Selections
Museum der Kulturen; Basel
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2016
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2016

Official Website: Daniel von Rüdiger

EKAJ
Narrative
US | 80 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Cati Gonzalez, Producer/Writer/Director

Mike Gonzalez, Producer/Editor/Sound

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
A love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s a runaway journey to New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds he is disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their relationship develops into true friendship and love as they lean on each other for survival.

 

Awards
Best Film – Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Best Film – NY Downtown Urban Arts Film Festival
Best First Time Director – Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Best Actor (Jake Mestre) – Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

Official Website: EKAJ

THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES
Documentary
US | 85 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Ryan Steven Green, Producer/Writer/Director

Craig Evans, Producer/Cinematographer

Ian Mackley, Composer

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES is a documentary on the birth of organized sports in the American dwarf community. Beginning in the 1950s and rising to prominence in the 1980s, the Hollywood Shorties were a basketball team, the first of their kind and unique in the history of dwarf athletics. By the early 1980s, the Shorties had created a niche in entertainment akin to the Harlem Globetrotters, playing exhibitions from Gladstone High to the Fabulous Forum with their signature blend of comedy and basketball prowess. But, in a bittersweet turn, the very popularity that the Shorties singlehandedly created would eventually phase the team out of the sport they pioneered.

 

Official Selections
SXSW
Dances with Films
San Francisco DocFest

Official Website: www.hollywoodshorties.com

SLEEP
Narrative
US | 3 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Mary Aupperle, Writer/Director/Editor/Cast

Sarah stays up late studying and then has to wake up early for school. She tries to work her way through getting dressed, doing her makeup and having breakfast, but she’s so tired it’s dangerous.

 

Official Selections
Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival
Festival Corti a Ponte (Italy)
Arizona International Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival

DOCOMO PACIFIC SHORTS
Various
Guam | 20 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Docomo Pacific presents the Docomo Pacific Shorts Showcase; three short films created by local aspiring filmmakers.

Film 1: “Shoebox Memories” Directed by: Marissa Ricalde
Film 2: “See You Later” Directed by: Tristan Gonzales
Film 3: “Kids From Chuuk” Directed by: Sarah Filush

Official Website: Docomo Pacific

WHAT GOES AROUND
Narrative
Guam | 10 min.

Robert Patricio, Jr., Director/Director of Photography

A bouncing red ball gets thrown from its usual up and down lifestyle into a journey filled with adventure and discovery.

Contacts on Instagram: @robertpatriciojr @adriancalugay @christianiguess

NOMINEE – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

GROUP
Narrative
Guam | 15 min.

Alissa Eclavea, Director

Lani Peredo, Writer/Assistant Director

Edgar Flores, Cinematographer/Camera/Editor

CJ Ochoco, Story/Production Assistant

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Based on a true story, Group expresses how Natalie struggles with depression and self-love. Her attempt at suicide sent her to a rehabilitation center where she learns that being broken isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Her new friends Evianne and Jason walk her through learning how to cope with life and to accept herself. Learning about her peers struggles, Natalie realizes she’s not alone and that there is life after survival.

WINNER – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

CLOSING THE GAPS: WORDS OF HOPE (FOCUS ON LIFE SHOWCASE)
Documentary (Youth, Family, Social Issues)
Guam | 17 min.

PeaceGuam.org, Producer

There has been a lot of labels thrown out to recognize the young people of today; most of them due to their deep connection to technology. Much of their life decisions are based on what they see online: they connect with their friends via Snapchat and Instagram, they follow shows on Periscope, they stream music from the Cloud. But when it comes down to it, when they are faced with life’s challenges, do they use these connections to get help and find hope to survive?

CLOSING THE GAPS: Words of Hope shares the stories of three young, brave individuals – how they’ve fallen, and how they chose to stand up and continue fighting. This film was brought to you by the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center Prevention and Training branch (PEACE office) through SAMHSA’s Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Grant.

For more information:
PEACE Office – (671) 477-9079 thru 9083
Facebook – “Focus on Life Guam”
Official Website: www.peaceguam.org

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, ask for help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)