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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Free Shorts


  1. Becoming American Shorts

    Free, Free Shorts / USA / Animated, Short / 54 mins
    This series of FREE shorts offers a glimpse at a few of the many pathways to becoming an American in both a legal sense and identity. Subjects include Syrian refugees, undocumented college students, and first-generation identity crisis.
    Becoming American Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 10, 2017 2:00 pm


  2. Family Style

    Free Shorts / Brazil, Canada, Japan, USA / Narrative, Short / 64 mins
    This program of FREE shorts revolve around the Asian American family. Subjects include elder wisdom and conflicting values between generations.
    Family Style Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 11, 2017 4:50 pm


  3. Legacies of Camp

    Free Shorts / USA / Narrative, Short / 62 mins
    This collection of FREE shorts explore the myriad experiences of Japanese Americans who lived through the incarceration of WWII and the impact of intergenerational trauma.
    Legacies Of Camp Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 11, 2017 11:30 am


  4. Locals Only

    Free Shorts / USA / Narrative, Short / 52 mins
    Each of the shorts in this FREE program were either shot locally or produced by local Asian American filmmakers. Subjects include teaching children with severe disabilities, missed love connections, and a hair-brained scheme to clear a gambling debt.
    Locals Only Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2017 4:45 pm


  5. Metamorphosis

    Free Shorts / Canada, Taiwan, Tonga, USA / LGBT, Narrative, Short / 69 mins
    This series of FREE shorts explores variations on the theme of metamorphosis: transitions between life and dead, emotional growth, and physical transformation.
    Metamorphosis Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 11, 2017 2:50 pm


  6. Sci-Fi Horror Action

    Free Shorts / Taiwan, USA / Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Short / 54 mins
    Back by popular demand for the fifth year running, this year’s FREE program of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Action Genre shorts is a non-stop thrill ride.
    Sci Fi Horror Genre Shorts

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2017 11:30 pm Buy Tickets


  7. Sex Sells

    Free Shorts / Australia, Philippines, USA / LGBT, Narrative, Short / 48 mins
    This FREE shorts program explores the concept of sexual commerce and body commodification. Subjects include prostitution and emotional transactions related to sex.
    Sex Sells Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 19, 2017 11:00 am


  8. Southeast Asian Migration

    Free Shorts / Myanmar, Thailand, USA / Short / 72 mins
    This collection of FREE shorts tells the varied stories of Southeast Asian Americans whose identities stem from their refugee status and one film about the current Karenni refugee crisis in Thailand.
    Southeast Asian Migration Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 10, 2017 3:30 pm