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Before Leaving

Directed by Kunao Yan

WINNER – Best Student Short

Before leaving China to study abroad, Xiao Jun goes on a family trip to visit his grandparents after two years of separation. While everything seems to have surprisingly changed, Xiao Jun tries to reconnect with life around him and to finish the photography assignment about his family.

Directed by Kunao Yan
Produced by Wang Zixuan and Kunao Yan

Director’s Bio: Yan Kunao, a young filmmaker born in China, finished his bachelor majoring in screenwriting and now studies in Columbia University Film MFA Program. His works feature people’s relationship and one’s psychological as well as spiritual feeling in a subtle and authentic way.
​Affected by the director Edward Yang’s works, he started to change his style in a more modern and minimized way and try to explore the boundary of modern cinema

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Home as Character

The scent of your neighbor’s garden, the hustle and bustle of people flowing in and out of the bodega down the block, the laughter of children playing silly games in the street – home is more than just a setting. It’s the people, the places, the history, the memories, and the way they all come together. These short films all depict a home that can be described as a character in and of itself. From the quiet resilience of a city in “Kathmandu Monsoon” to the smoldering generational anger of Hawaiʻi in “Inheritance,” these films depict a home that holds as much weight and depth as the people that inhabit it.