9Filmfest Finalist Films 2023

COUPLE

KOREA  10:00

Director:  JEON JOOHYUN

An ugly woman, a lookism man, a love story between two people

LUX CHROMA

MALAYSIA   10:31

Director: Kwokyong NG 

Zac is not just an ordinary digital colorist who color grades videos,  he is able to see human’s aura and “color grade” their aura to heal them.

SOLITAIRE

SINGAPORE   17:17

Director:  TESSA TAN

An elderly wife struggling to live with her husband and his deteriorating cognition, finds reprieve in the card game Solitaire.

MODERN WARFARE BASEMENT

USA 4:28   Animation

Director:  BRIAN LUDLOW

The modern warfare basement dweller customer comes into the shop.

A TREE ONCE GREW HERE

USA   6:59      Animation

Director:  JOHNNIE SEMERAD 

“A Tree Once Grew Here” combines captivating visuals, animation, and imagery, to tell a tale that transcends language. We are reminded that we must rebalance harmony and nurture our planet; because we can no longer afford not to.

 

FOOTSTEPS

IRAN   7:27

Director:  HAMED BAHRAMI

The two playful sons of the family are banned from going to their cousin’s birthday party because of their playfulness. They play alone at home. The older brother tries and punishes his younger brother by imitating the violence of his parents and the media for the crime of breaking the CD of the football game.

THE GREEN GREEN PYRAMID  

THAILAND    23:00  Doc

Director – TONY CHEUNG

The journey of two Thai climbers, Gee and Tung, who lost their jobs during COVID.  They plan to conquer a long and difficult secret climbing route inside a jungle in Thailand, with only three pages of notes to guide them. Will Gee and Tung be able to complete their mission, or will they fail and have to return home?”

BLOOD DRIVE  

USA  12:47

Director – GURINDER J SINGH

A newlywed gay couple’s world shatters when one spouse’s life hangs in the balance.  Inspired by true events, this poignant tale unveils the resilience of love and the transformative power of acceptance.

RISING LOTUS

USA   17:57

Director:  GURINDER SINGH

Realizing her son’s life is in grave danger, an immigrant woman musters the strength to bravely flee her abusive husband, seeking refuge beyond suffocating walls.  Brace yourself for a heart-wrenching journey, exploring the lengths a mother will go to protect her child.

OLDER YOUNGER SISTER

PHILLIPINES   16:15    Documentary

Director:  ANGERLICA CABALLERO LLANERA 

Angelica Llanera tells the story of her family as they raise their Down Syndrome family member, Daniel.  She also shares how society negatively perceived them and how the media changed her family and the people who share a similar life situation with them.

WALLS RUNNING

USA   2:00   Exp

Director:  CHARLOTTE GRIFFIN

“Walls Running” is an experimental screendance and part of a series of short “Impromptus” commissioned by Debra Noble, Director of Dance Repertory at California State University, Fullerton.
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