2017

Below are the 2017 Guam International Film Festival Official Selections, Award Nominees and Winners.

2016 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

DAGSIN/GRAVITY
Narrative
Philippines | 116 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Atom Magadia, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
After surviving World War II, the Death March and several attempts on his life, Justino had become an atheist. But after his wife Corazon’s demise, a part of him now yearns to believe in life beyond death just to be united with her again. Searching for memories of her he can still hold on to, Justino goes through her things. Mercy, their adopted daughter, finds a box-full of Corazon’s diaries, which he devours for information into their past.

Awards
WINNER – Best Costume Design, Madrid International Film Festival
WINNER – Best Actor (Tommy Abuel), Cinemalaya Film Festival
NOMINEE – Best Actor (Tommy Abuel), Best Supporting Actress (Janine Gutierrez)
Best Production Design, 2017 Gawad Urian Awards

NOMINEE – Movie Actor of the Year (Tommy Abuel), Production Designer of the Year (Cyrus Khan), Indie Movie Original Theme Song of the Year (“Harana ni Justino”), Philippine Movie Press Club Awards
NOMINEE – Best Foreign Film, Best Actress, Best Editing, Madrid International Film Festival

Official Site: Dagsin
Facebook: Dagsin
Twitter: @dagsinthemovie
Instagram: #dagsinthemovie

GIFF CENTERPIECE FILM, NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, BENJAMIN ALVES

BATMON VS. MAJURO
Narrative
Marshall Islands | 80 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Jack Niedenthal, Ben Debrum Wakefield and Vivian Niedenthal, Directors

w/English subtitles
From the award-winning creators of the critically acclaimed Marshallese language feature films Jilel: The Calling of the Shell & Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ (The Sound of Crickets at Night) comes a film that finds Batmon attempting to capture Catwoman and recover his beloved BatCopter in a small island town in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Batmon vs Majuro is a parody based on the DC Batman comic series.

Official Site: Batmon vs. Majuro
Facebook: Batmon vs. Majuro

RIP TIDE
Narrative
Australia | 90 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Rhiannon Bannenberg, Director

After a fashion faux pas, every model’s nightmare becomes Cora’s (Debby Ryan) reality. Humiliated, Cora books a one-way ticket out of New York, final destination: Australia. Expecting a five star holiday with her Aunt Margot (Genevieve Hegney), Cora realizes all too late that her idillic beachside retreat has no internet access and is miles from the nearest city. As time goes by, Cora learns to surf and embrace her passion for design, friendships bloom and romance sparks between Cora and handsome local, Tom.

 

Official Selections
Sydney Film Festival
Cinefest Oz Film Festival
Great Barrier Reef Film Festival
Miami Fashion Film Festival
Rivne International Film Festival

Official Website: Rip Tide

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, GENEVIEVE HEGNEY

FLOAT
Narrative
US | 24 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Tristan Seniuk, Director

Voleak Sip, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Float is a short film set in mid 1990s Seattle, following the day-to-day trials and tribulations of Cambodian-American hustler Rocky Mang. Still living at home with his family, Rocky spends his days cruising the streets of Seattle, slanging cheap goods on the corner as he struggles to help his family make ends meet. His days are a hazy wash of grinding and hustling, only broken by his persistent attempts to convince a local barista named Jenni-Mo Day to go on a date.

 

Official Selections
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017
Madrid International Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival

Official Website: Float
Facebook: Float

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

CHEW
Documentary
Northern Mariana Islands | 15 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Sarah Filush Camacho, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Pugua (betel nut) is the fourth most addictive substance in the world; following tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. The World Health Organization deemed pugua a carcinogenic and in recent decades has become the leading cause of oral cancer in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. According to the Commonwealth Cancer Association, there have been 48 cases of Oral Cancer in the CNMI in a span of 5 years. Of those 48 cases, less than half have survived. Most alarmingly, studies from the University of Guam show that children as young as 8 years old begin chewing betel nut. “Chew.” not only addresses the medical concerns, but cultural aspects of pugua as well. The purpose of this film is to not only spread awareness on the oral cancer itself, but also encourage avid chewers to partake in the free oral screenings at any/all dental clinics in the CNMI. Early detection is key to survival.

FIRES
Music Video
Australia | 4 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Benjamin Morgan, Director

Consumed by a virtual reality set in a reimagined 1950s, a player’s longing for motherhood transcends the rules of the game.

SMALL STEPS
Narrative
United Kingdom | 15 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Philip Staal, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
After a young woman suffers a miscarriage, she tries to continue her day as if nothing had happened.

Official Selections
Underwire Film Festival

NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, BRYONY AFFERSON

I SENGSONG ARKHAM/ARKHAM VILLAGE
Narrative
Guam | 16 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Michael Lujan Bevacqua and Kenneth Gofigan Kuper, Directors

w/English subtitles
Ken and Miget are at it once again. These two lovers of nerdy games and a Chamorro resurgence have put together another short film that pushes the boundaries for our indigenous linguistic and cultural possibilities. In I Sengsong Arkham they take you where the Chamorro language has never gone before — into the works of legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft! A terrifying evil behemoth lurks on the edge of our reality and monster portals are opening in the hamlet of Arkham. Ken and Miget join forces to play the
board game Arkham Horror, using Chamorro language and humor to do their best to save the world and the Chamorro culture in the process!

FAREWELL, GODDESS
Documentary
India | 6 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Amit Agarwal, Director

Seeing idols of Hindu Gods that have been crafted with love and care and worshipped fervently, being immersed in a river made me ask a fundamental question. That question goes to the nerve centre of our attitude towards the environment and shines a very clear light on our abusive relationship with nature.

Official Selections
New York Indian Film Festival
Internation Film Festival of South Asia

EXOTIC
Documentary
Guam | 63 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Amy Oden, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
EXOTIC takes us into sexual economy on Guam, giving the viewer a front row seat to this fluid and secretive world. EXOTIC believes in the agency of its subjects, letting them reveal the story through their own experiences. Kat, a college graduate, describes how she was bounced between three clubs the night she arrived in Guam, while Selena, a dancer from Portland, shares that has returned to the island five times, making money hand over fist. Looking behind the curtain at the strip clubs, EXOTIC presents the island as a microcosm, exploring the ways women are treated by their bosses and clients.

Official Site: Exotic
Facebook: Exotic
Twitter: Exotic

NOMINEE – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

CUL-DE-SAC
Narrative
US | 15 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Damon Russell, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their son’s teddy bear.

 

Facebook: Cul-De-Sac
Twitter: Cul-De-Sac

Official Selections
Toronto International Film Festival

IL SILENZIO
Narrative
Italy | 15 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Ali Asgari, Director

w/English subtitles
Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother but she keeps silent.

 

Official Selections
Festival de Cannes
Melbourne International Film Festival
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival

ALONE
Narrative
Australia | 7 min. | US PREMIERE

Nicolas Dunn, Director

A wayward loner. A solitary runaway. A common desire to be alone, and to share that loneliness with someone else.
Loneliness is hard, it’s good to be alone.

Awards
WINNER – Best Narrative Short, Sydney World Film Festival

Official Website: Alone

SHELL
Documentary
Israel | 24 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Hagai Adorian, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Ariel, a young veteran combat medic, is unable to the dispel terrible images of war that keep replaying themselves in his head. He drives aimlessly around the countryside, eating and sleeping in his banged up car. A film that pays tribute to the subtlety and damage of PTSD.

 

Official Selections
Docaviv Tel Aviv
Nile’s Diaspora International film Festival
Scenecs Film Festival

Official Website: Shell

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

KŪ KANAKA: STAND TALL
Documentary
US | 28 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Marlene Booth, Director

When 15 year old Kanalu Young takes a dive into shallow water he becomes quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, he begins to change when he learns Hawaiian language and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history. Fired up to tell Hawai‘i’s story, he earns a PhD, gets arrested fighting for Hawaiian rights, and becomes a crusading teacher and leader, eager to instill pride in his people.

 

Official Selections
Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Center for Asian American Media CAAMFest

Official Website: Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall
Facebook: Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

BERNARD AND HUEY
Narrative
US | 90 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Dan Mirvish, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Based on a screenplay by legendary Oscar/Pulitzer-winning author Jules Feiffer (Mike Nichols’ “Carnal Knowledge,” Robert Altman’s “Popeye”), Bernard and Huey is a comedy about two old friends who reconnect after 30 years apart, and the women who complicate their lives.

Directed by Dan Mirvish, award-winning filmmaker and Slamdance Film Festival co-founder. The film has gained tremendous support after a very successful Kickstarter campaign that nearly tripled its goal.

Official Website: Bernard and Huey

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

ILAWOD 
Narrative
Philippines | 96 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Dan Villegas, Director

In the Philippines, there are bodies of water said to be guarded by elementals which when disturbed, would drag people down to its depths – never to return.

 

Ilawod, the Tagalog word for “downstream”, is the story of a journalist whose family is plagued and possessed by the elemental of water with the same name. What follows is a battle not just for the family’s lives, but for their souls as well.

NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, IAN VENERACION

PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA
Narrative
US | 5 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Justyn Ah Chong, Director

Craig Santos Perez, Writer, Voice

“Praise Song for Oceania” is a video poem about the ecologies, histories, politics, economies, and the cultures of the Ocean. Poem is written by Chamorro poet Craig Santos Perez and video was created by Hawaiian filmmaker Justyn Ah Chong.

Official Site: Praise Song for Oceania

BLOO.
Narrative
Guam | 9 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Jonah Alijah Cruz, Director

A boy seeing the final days of his relationship desperately scrambles to find the answers to what might be destroying the life he shares with the one he loves. The place he saved for his own tranquility will be the place that forces him to see the truth. After time spent alone, a big argument at the Winchell’s, and a dive into the mind, he finds his answer.

ARAMBOA – ROAD
Music Video
Austria | 6 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Rupert Höller, Director

A girl gets kidnapped. A chase through endless snowscapes. The border between safety and danger gets blurred.

JANUARY LETTER
Narrative
Japan | 3 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Kenji Matsuura, Director

January in Kyoto. A high school student wants to address a letter but can’t find a pen. As she searches for a pen all over the room…

Official Selections
Japan Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia

PROJECT FORTRESS
Narrative
Guam | 61 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Julan Villegas, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
In a world where the economy is dependent on war, four misfits come across each other as a result of their suffering in this war. Four stories are told, and they all have one common enemy. A pyromaniac gangster, a gunslinger merchant, a sniper bounty hunter, and a brainwashed assassin.

ISLAND SOLDIER
Documentary
US, Federated States of Micronesia | 85 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Nathan Fitch, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
ISLAND SOLDIER interweaves the personal stories of Micronesian soldiers serving in the U.S. military, following their journey from the most remote islands in the Pacific to the front lines of war in Afghanistan, and back again. These non-U.S. citizens are fighting in America’s wars – yet they serve, and die, at five times the rate per capita of their American comrades. Through the odyssey of the Nena family of the tiny island of Kosrae, the film humanizes the repercussions of America’s foreign wars, and the changing fabric of a small island nation caught in the tides of international politics, teetering on the brink of economic collapse.

 

Official Selections
Full Frame International Film Festival
Hot Docs International Film Festival

Official Website: Island Soldier
Facebook: Island Soldier
Twitter: Island Soldier

WINNER – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

YOU DESERVE TOMORROW
Narrative
Guam | 4 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

James Davis, Director

A poem turned film; a letter to a suicidal best friend, to remind her that overcoming hardships will lead to a brighter future.

WINNER – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

A MEDITATION
Narrative
US | 16 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Joe Petricca, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
A man who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist.

Official Website: A Meditation

Official Selections
San Francisco Black Film Festival

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

UNDERCURRENTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE – THE 12TH FESTIVAL OF PACIFIC ARTS, GUAM
Documentary
Guam, Germany | 36 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Dennis Dellschow, Director

Every four years, participants from 27 island nations gather to celebrate their culture and to perform their identity at the Festival of Pacific Arts.
In 2016, FestPAC took place in Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands, and as many say one of the USA’s last colonies. One of the festivals core themes in 2016 was: ‘Our resources from land and sea that have sustained Pacific islanders for thousands of years’.

We meet festival delegates from three island nations (Tokelau, Guam and Kiribati) to discuss how they perceive today’s environmental challenges: We are looking for the undercurrents of a changing climate. How does climate change discourse affect performances of traditional and contemporary dance and other art forms?

Our interview partners are: Asi Fangalua Halaleva-Pasilio (one of the leading figures of the delegation from Nukunonu, Tokelau), Kaure Babo (a newly elected member of parliament from Kiribati), Joe Viloria (a cultural practitioner and fisherman from Guam who is working relentlessly to restore a perceived ancient Chamorro culture), and Adrienne L. Kaeppler (curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.).

Official Selections
Conference: European Society for Oceanists

Official Website: Undercurrents of a Changing Climate

MY GARDEN, NO LONGER
Documentary
US, Vanuatu | 18 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Scott E. Schimmel, Director

w/English subtitles
The people of Vanuatu, a country once dubbed the happiest place on earth, face a grim future as climate change threatens their culture and traditions. My Garden, No Longer looks at the impacts that climate change is having on the people of Malekula Island in Vanuatu, as told through conversations villagers have with each other as they go about their daily lives.

Official Website: My Garden, No Longer

FORGIVE – DON’T FORGET
Documentary
US, Japan | 71 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Brad Bennett, Director

w/English subtitles
During Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, numerous swords were confiscated by American officers. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, a filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.

 

Awards
WINNER – Best Feature Documentary, Tribute Film Festival

Official Website: Forgive – Don’t Forget
Facebook: Forgive – Don’t Forget

WINNER – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

SON FERSAH – KENDI KIYAMETIN (THE LAST LEAGUE – YOUR OWN APOCALYPSE)
Music Video
Turkey | 4 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Silvyo Behmoaras, Director

A story about a dysfunctional family trying to figure out how to live.

THE BLACKSMITH
Documentary
Germany, Ukraine | 30 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Ivan Andrianov, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
The closed, rich and worldwide unknown culture of Ukraine is explored, revealing its essence of strength and resistance. In a typical old village located in Kiew, Sergii, an ukrainian blacksmith, presents through his work a philosophical and spiritual view of life and his country. This film is showing a contrast between authentic peaceful life and tragic reality of war.

 

Awards
WORLD PREMIERE – Cannes Film Festival 2017 Short Film Corner
WINNER – Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2017

Official Website: The Blacksmith

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

KULEANA
Narrative
US | 95 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

A Vietnam vet must rediscover the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father’s name.

Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for responsibility. It can also mean ownership, authority, concern, and property. In 1971, few understood the concept of kuleana, as the Hawaiian Renaissance, a reawakening of island culture, had yet to begin. The 1960s perpetuated a century-long departure from traditional ways; postcard-perfect sunsets, grass skirts, and mai tais comprised a happy, carefree facade. Lounge acts defined Hawaiian music, ancient customs and values teetered on the precipice of extinction and, incredibly, the U.S. Navy regularly bombed the island of Kaho’olawe for target practice.

In Hawaiian culture, ‘aina, or land, is sacred, as revered as ‘ohana (family); the shelling of the uninhabited island was deeply hurtful and offensive. On the surface, it seemed nobody really cared…but, in fact, a new attitude was taking root.

Awards
WINNER – Best Feature, Tribal Film Festival
WINNER – Audience Choice Award, San Antonio Film Festival
WINNER – Audience Choice Award, Maui Film Festival

Official Websites: HawaiiCinema.comKuleanaMovie.com
Facebook: Kuleana
Twitter: Kuleana

WINNER – BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD, NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, NOMINEE – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, MORONAI KANEKOA

MY HAGGAN DREAM
Narrative
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands | 9 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Rob Sams and Laura Sams, Directors

On the island of Saipan, a young girl’s mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a wonderful birthday wish.

Official Site: My Haggan Dream

Awards
WINNER – Best Children’s Program- BLUE Ocean Film Festival
WINNER – Best Children’s Program- IWFF
WINNER – Best Short Film- International Ocean Film Festival
WINNER – Best Children’s Film- Waimea Ocean Film Festival
WINNER – Award of Merit- Best Shorts Award

WE DRANK OUR TEARS: FRANCISCO BABAUTA’S STORY
Narrative
Northern Mariana Islands | 11 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Galvin Deleon Guerrero, Director

In 1944, some of the final battles of World War II were waged on the Pacific islands of Saipan and Tinian. 933 indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch civilians did not survive the battles. This is one of their stories.

NOMINEE – BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS AWARD

LOVE TRIANGLE
Narrative
Republic of Korea | 22 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Seul-woo Hyung, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Minji and Hana are actresses and live together. They like Juno. They go to beach by car. At that time in the car smells like gas. There is no criminal.

WINNER – ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD, HANNA KIM

I’M IN HERE
Narrative
US | 12 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Willy Berliner, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
When a man finds a family of strangers in his house who claim to have bought the place, he agrees to let them stay until they can get to the bottom of the mix-up. They never leave.

 

Official Selections
Slamdance Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
Independent Film Festival Boston

CALVIN’S STORY
Documentary
US | 5 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Quinn Wilson, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Calvin’s Story is a micro-documentary about Calvin Curtiss, one of the countless homeless youths in Chicago and across the nation. The story he tells–how he became homeless, his daily activities and his dream of becoming a massage therapist–paints a true picture of an average homeless youth.

Official Website: Calvin’s Story
Facebook: Calvin’s Story
Twitter: Calvin’s Story

ATLAS WORLD
Music Video
Canada | 8 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Morgana McKenzie, Director

A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld. – An authorized music video for “Atlas World” (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.

Awards
WINNER – Canada 150 Award for Best Film/Best Director, Toronto International Film Festival Next Wave Jump Cuts
WINNER – Best Music Video/Best Director, Scout Film Festival
WINNER – Best Music Video, NFFTY
WINNER – Best Music Video, Bellingham Music Film Festival
WINNER – Best International Narrative Film/Best of Fest, Lovett School Film Festival

Official Website: Atlas World
Facebook: Atlas World
Twitter: Atlas World

MY BOYFRIEND
Narrative
US | 14 min. | WORLD PREMIERE

Leopold Dewolf, Director

(GIFF guide: contains adult content)
Jessie loves her boyfriend. She really does. But it’s complicated.

Official Website: leopolddewolf.com

Official Selections
Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

HEMI – JNT
Music Video
Turkey | 4 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Hemi Behmoaras, Director

A don juan falls in love with a sex doll which is alive.

Official Selections
Berlin Flash Film Festival

International Music Video Underground

OCEANIC ALIENS
Documentary
US | 7 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Mike Johnson, Director

Oceanic Aliens is an internationally award winning short documentary that explores one aspect of how little we truly know about planet earth. More is known about outer space than our very own oceans. This short documentary illustrates just one example of a little known class of marine species and their amazing attributes.

Awards
WINNER – Award of Excellence, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Festival
WINNER – Award of Excellence – Cinematography, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Festival
WINNER – Award of Outstanding Excellence: Cinematography, Depth of Field International Film Festival

Official Website: Oceanic Aliens

KRAANTJE PAPPIE – POMPEN
Music Video
Netherlands | 3 min. | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Jesper Buijvoets, Director

Caspar de Zeeuw, Producer

We follow Dutch hiphop artist Kraantje Pappie in a series of visual absurdities in this new music video for his single ‘Pompen’.

ISLAND TO ISLAND
Documentary
US | 24 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Jacqueline Hazen, Director

In the fall of 2015, Kris Kato, an emerging filmmaker, and Keoni DeFranco, the founder of a communications technology start-up, were initiated as kahu oli, caretakers of Hawaiian chant. Both young men live and work in New York City—but now, with the dual responsibilities to safeguard and to share this indigenous, familial tradition. This short documentary highlights the voices of Kris, Keoni, and other members of the Hawaiian diaspora community who are integrating oli into the sounds of the island of Manhattan.

Official Selections
40th Margaret Mead Film Festival
Native American and Indigenous Student Group @NYU Native + Indigenous Film Festival

LIMBO
Narrative
France, Greece | 30 min. | PACIFIC ASIA PREMIERE

Konstantina Kotzamani, Director

w/English subtitles, (GIFF guide: contains adult content)
THE LEOPARD SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE GOAT
THE WOLVES SHALL LIVE WITH THE LAMBS
AND THE YOUNG BOY WILL LEAD THEM

 

12+1 KIDS AND THE CARCASS OF A WHALE WASHED ASHORE…

Official Site: Limbo

Official Selections
Festival de Cannes
WINNER – Future Filmmaker Award, Palm Springs Film Festival
WINNER – Best Short, Milan International Film Festival
WINNER – Best Short, Best Director, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival
WINNER – Best Fiction, Vila Do Conde International Film Festival

NOMINEE – GRAND JURY AWARD, BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

JOHNNY’S DAY OFF
Narrative
Japan | 31 min. | US PREMIERE

Hiroyuki Shintani, Director

w/English subtitles
Takeru Hayashi, 35, single, and part-timer. Girlfriend Michiko, 20, college student. Takeru visited Michiko’s home to see her family and found her elder sister was his former girlfriend…a feast is just about to start this evening … such an uncomfortable feast that he just like desperately running away from.

Official Selections
Japan Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
Animation
Switzerland, France | 63 min. | GUAM PREMIERE

Claude Barras, Director

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this, at times, strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

 

From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has been nominated for both a Golden Globe® and Academy Award®. Brought to life through memorably bold character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, joy, and above all, stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

Awards
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE – Best Animated Feature
GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARD NOMINEE – Best Animated Feature
EUROPEAN FILM AWARD WINNER – Best Animated Feature
ACADEMY AWARD® SHORTLIST – Best Foreign Language Film (Official Switzerland Entry)