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Directed by Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, Josh Wilson

WINNER – Best Animated Short

A valiant island warrior, wounded in battle against foreign invaders, falls into a mysterious underwater world. Everything changes when the octopus who rescues him transforms into a handsome young man and they fall in love

Directed by Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, and Josh Wilson
Produced by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Directors’ Bios: Kapaemahu is the product of a multi-talented and multi-identified team whose work has screened at Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin and won an Emmy, two Oscar nods, and a GLAAD Mediia Award.

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Beliefs, Choices: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

“[My] film’s structure adopts Polynesian perceptions of non-linear time, where past, present, and future intertwine. The past coexists with our present and future.” –Karin Williams This quote could frame this year’s Pacific Shorts Showcase. These award-winning shorts from filmmakers throughout the Pacific involve journeys across time, space, culture, and religion. From a docu-art piece about a young man who travels from luxury resorts to a time when his tīpuna first settled to animated queer mythic love story inspired by the Hawaiian concept of aikāne, these stories trace the interconnections between self and community and the power of belief.