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Short Film Programs

A beautiful collection of short films, curated by PAAFF staff into 13 programs that explore themes like immigration, dreams, youth, belonging, and love.

Film Stills from Malcolm, Lucky Girl, Black Ghost Son, and Muito Prazer
Short Film Programs

Defining Ourselves, Defining Each Other

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Defining Ourselves, Defining Each Other

Part of life’s complicated journey is realizing and forming all parts of one’s identity: race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality,...
Film Stills from Providence, Sing Me a Lullaby, Atomic Cafe, and Within Their Gates
Short Film Programs

Excavated Memories

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Excavated Memories

Employing found footage and interviews, and spanning multiple decades and cultures, these eclectic films all nonetheless reveal the...
Film Stills from Hinekura, Tā Moko, Standing Above the Clouds, and Ka Piko
Pacific Showcase, Short Film Programs

Joy: When I Am My Ancestors

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Joy: When I Am My Ancestors

“When I was my ancestors, I survived war, infections, and imprisonment. Now I am me, and I can...
Film Stills from Becoming Eddie, The Trouble with Cats, Dragon Style, and Logan Lee & the Rise of the Purple Dawn
Short Film Programs

LMAO: Lighthearted, Merry, Amusing, Outrageous!

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LMAO: Lighthearted, Merry, Amusing, Outrageous!

With premises as outrageous as a secret underground Chinese chess enclave and a truly magical strain of weed,...
Film Stills from Gay as in Happy, Blue Suit, Kapaemahu, and Parental Guidance Suggested
Short Film Programs

Queer Futures: LGBTQ Shorts

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Queer Futures: LGBTQ Shorts

How do you use imagination to survive in this time of uncertainty? In this program, documentarians and narrative...
Film Stills from Why Don't You Eat More?, Idol, Lost Face, and Mirror
Short Film Programs

Reflections

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Reflections

When you face the world, do people see you as you are or how they perceive you to...
Film Stills from Magic Kingdom, Still Trying, Unmothered, and No One Really Dies
Short Film Programs

Self Determination

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Self Determination

Sometimes what we want and what others want for us completely contradict one another. Other times, they align...
Film Stills from Yuan Yuan and the Hollow Monster, The Kitchlets, In the Shadows of the Pines, and Felt Love
Short Film Programs

Small Moments: Animated Shorts

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Small Moments: Animated Shorts

The experiences of childhood and youth unfold in small moments. These animated shorts reflect the tense & tender,...
Film Stills from Mama Yen, Journeys to Freedom, In this Land We're Briefly Ghosts, and Yai Nin
Short Film Programs

Southeast Asian Tracks

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Southeast Asian Tracks

Determination. Perseverance. Dedication. Survival. From child soldiers to factory workers, this collection of shorts uncovers the different tracks...
Film Stills from Valley, A Peacock Dance, Sixteen, and Kama'aina
Short Film Programs

Spirit of Youth

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Spirit of Youth

Skipping school, sneaking out, falling in love, finding yourself … These short films remind us of the complicated...
Film Stills from Keep Saray Home, Transplant, and Passage
Short Film Programs

Uncertain Movements

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Uncertain Movements

Lying somewhere between dream and nightmare, American immigrants face a tenuous existence in a land that never quite...
Film Stills from Make a Wish, The Mark, Blue Eyed, and Tina
Short Film Programs

Unsettling Truths

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Unsettling Truths

These shorts will leave you wondering: What is real and what is not? How far would you go...
Film Stills from Marziyeh, Here We Stay, and Mo'o!
Short Film Programs

What Haunts Us

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What Haunts Us

Specters abound in this series of shorts—ghosts of people, places, and lives long abandoned. The footprints left behind...