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About the films:

100 Days

Following a tradition in Asian culture, family and friends celebrate a newborn baby turning 100 days old over a banquet-style dinner, welcoming the baby into the world. An unexpected guest arrives and a bowl of red bean dessert soup causes tensions to boil over in this modern day family dramedy.

Little Manila

A Vancouver-based travel agent tries to recreate her ill Filipino maid’s childhood home before she dies.

Paco

Paco is a Filipino immigrant living in Canada, trying to make ends meet so he can make a better life for his family in Manila. While he spends his days as a janitor, his nights are spent scraping dollars together to re-enrol in university. He carefully balances family and pride until his wife asks for a monetary favour.

Reverse

A hardened, time-travelling, hitman reluctantly chooses between eliminating his high-profile target or stopping the painful (and pivotal) heartbreak of his younger self happening across the room.

Creator Biographies:

Derek Kwan (Director and Writer, 100 Days)

Derek Kwan is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver that strives to cook up narrative flavours audiences have yet to taste. He wrote and directed the short film, “100 Days”, a Telefilm Not Short on Talent Cannes 2023 selection, and also won the award for Outstanding Short Director at the 2023 Reelworld Film Festival. Having garnered experience across narrative and documentary storytelling, Derek was part of the Bell Media / BIPOC TV & Film Unscripted Producers Lab 2023. Other achievements include, 1st AD on “Different Than Before”, SXSW 2023 Jury Award winning music video, Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices (2022), Reelworld E20 cohort (2021), and Producer on two Telefilm Not Short on Talent short films, Cannes 2019 and 2022, for “Idols Never Die” and “Maundy”. Also an actor, Derek can be seen on The Last Airbender (Netflix), Yellowjackets (Showtime), recurring on Nancy Drew (CW), and co-starring on Space Force (Netflix).

Josh Aries (Director and Writer, Reverse)

An award winning director and editor for over 8 years, I strive to tell stories that are bombastic & fun, while relaying messages of hope and honesty with my signature stylized direction & charm. Poised, confident, charismatic, & fun, I’m not afraid to try new things–even acting in my own short films! My experience has honed my skills in leadership & communication while strengthening my love for collaboration.

Curtis Lum (Lead and Writer, Reverse)

Curtis Lum is an award winning actor and producer born in Vancouver, BC. He has established himself as an up and comer to watch, recurring in a variety of different roles on several major American networks. Named one of Canada’s Rising Stars by The Hollywood Reporter in 2018, he earned his recognition for his work in “Prison Break”, “Supergirl” and “Siren” and is most recently known for his breakout role in Netflix’s hit show, “The Night Agent”.

Lissa Neptuno (Performer, Reverse and Little Manila)

Lissa Neptuno is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer who was born in Brunei and raised in Western Canada. Her training and experience in theatre and film has brought her across the province of BC, all over Canada, and to Europe. Now writing and producing more, Lissa has successfully produced a handful of short films and plays. She is currently based in Vancouver BC, Canada.

Wai Sun Cheng (Producer, Little Manila)

Wai Sun Cheng is the founder of Pandapix Pictures, an entertainment company specializing in film and television development, production and financing. His interest in film and motion picture work began at the age of 11. Before he becomes a producer Wai worked in the film industry as an VFX artist on major feature films and TV productions such as Blade Runner 2049, Fast and Furious, Fantastic Beast and where to find them, Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children, Once Upon a Time and etc. With a strong background in VFX, Wai has a distinct style in his work and provides additional vfx knowledge in the process. Wai has worked on numerous distributed and award winning projects in the form of narrative feature, shorts, commercials and music videos. His work has been selected by several festivals around the world such as tiff, Sundance Asia, Cleveland International Film Festival, Chicago International Film festival, Leos, Los Angeles film festival, Seattle international film festival, Canadian Cinematographer and etc. Through out the years Wai’s work has also garnered several collaboration with many well known actors such as Bruce Willis, Timothy Murthy, Neal McDonough, Casper Van Dien, Sean Patrick Flanery, Nathalie Boltt, Jonathan Lipnicki and etc.

Harley Maranan (Executive Producer, Director and Writer, Little Manila)

Arthur Rodger ‘Harley’ Maranan is a film writer, director, and composer from Manila, Philippines. He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2018 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for Film Production from the University of British Columbia in 2022.

Since then, Harley has assumed various crew positions for a variety of narrative and commercial projects. These roles include camera assistant, grip and electric, production and post-production sound.

Harley currently works as a Video Producer and Content Editor for Android Authority and SoundGuys (Authority Media). He also continues to work on sets around Vancouver, with a primary focus on location sound mixing and composing.

In the future, Harley is eager to use his experiences in the industry to better inform his writing and directing. His storytelling focuses on defining—and redefining—the roles of Asians in the modern world, told through his unique Filipino blend of humor and drama.

Kent Donguines (Director and Writer, Paco)

Kent Donguines is a Filipino-Canadian narrative and documentary filmmaker who runs Aimer Films Inc. based in Vancouver, BC. He produced the award-winning films IRIDESCENCE, THIS INK RUNS DEEP which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and WATERSHED which was featured in Los Angeles Comic-Con. He also created the short documentary, KALINGA (CARE) that had its World Premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and is currently one of the projects selected by Story Money Impact to impact produce through their inaugural Story to Action program. In 2021, Kent is named as one of Playback’s 10 to Watch as he continues to champion Filipino-Canadian and underrepresented stories. He is also an alumnus of the 2021 Norman Jewison Film Program/Canadian Film Centre – Producers Lab.

Edward Escobal (Star, Paco)

Edward Escobal is a Filipino-Canadian actor based in Vancouver. He Developed an interest for Film and TV at 17 after seeing Beauty and the Beast Live action. After a few years of professional training in Vancouver, Edward debuted in ‘PACO’ which had its world premiere at the 2022 HollyShorts Film Festival, and eventually having its streaming service release on CRAVE in 2023. Edward could also be seen on CBS’s ‘FIRE COUNTRY,’ ‘SO HELP ME TODD’ and DISNEY+’s ‘PROM PACT.’

Moira Tan (Co-Writer, Paco)

Moira Tan is known for Roads of Ithriyah (2022), Paco (2022) and Hey SmartBox.