KAFFNY 2020 program (10/20-10/31)
In this year’s 14th annual KAFFNY festival, we’re going virtual and the films will be streamed online from October 20th to 31st. We will premiere and launch new films to our streaming site (FestivalFlix) over the first five days of the festival. Due to the economical impact on the creative industry this year, we want to share our program to our audience with no set ticket prices, and only ask for open donations from those who are able to give.
Below is our schedule and program of films that are in our official selection. Please take a look at these films and sign up to get an access code to stream the films during the festival.
Sign up for the access code and donate at: kaffny.eventbrite.com
TUESDSAY October 20th
streaming platform launch
A starter set of films to give everyone a taste of the festival. Films in this program: This is your laugh, Coffee and a donut, One last Monster and Day by day
TUESDAY October 20th
A showcast of films in our short film competition. Films in this program: Wednesdays, Latchkeys, Blue grey, Secret lives of Asians at night, An object of merit and Mirror
WEDNESDAY October 21st
international Documentary night
Our feature documentary night. Films in this program: Land of my father and Hajun Bloom
THURSDAY October 22st
vr theater experience night
While we can’t physically be in a theater, our VR theater will position you into a seat at a 360 theater for an immersive in theater experience. Films in the program: GAMP and Ximbi Xombi X
FRIDAY October 23rd
independent new wave night
A showcase of a feature and a short independent new wave film. Films in the program: Sesang and Da-Dzma
SATURDAY October 24th
centerpiece feature night
Spotlight feature and the last films to premiere on FestivalFlix. Films in the program: Gyopo and In Sync
SUNDAY October 25th
SATURDAY October 31st
full program is live and available
festival Binge + special extras
All the films are up and available for streaming for a week. We will add Q&A and extras for the festival during this time.
Festivalflix launch (10/20)
These films will kick off the FestivalFlix screening platform for KAFFNY 2020. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
this is your laugh
by Christopher Park Joon Hollstein World Premiere (1:16:27)
This Is Your Laugh is a documentary that follows filmmaker Chris Hollstein as he starts out performing stand-up comedy in the San Francisco Bay Area as a stay-at-home father.
Coffee and a donuT
by Cary Patrick Martin (11:28)
A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in….ordering breakfast at the local diner.
one last monster
by Gene Kim (19:56)
Empress Eura, ruler of the distant world of Adin, faces her greatest challenge when she is forced to face her prejudices and choose between trusting or killing a monster who arrives on Adin with a warning that could save or destroy her people.
DAy by day
by Eleanor Cho East Coast Premiere (5:00)
Day by Day explores the changing relationship within a Korean marriage when the wife is diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Short film competition (10/20)
Here are the films in this year’s short film competition. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
by Jung Yoon Jang, Hae Seoung Kim (15:24)
Japanese military sexual slavery victims, Dong-bok and Seon-ok, attends the Wednesday Protest weekly that has been going on for twenty-eight years. Dong-bok is inquisitive and wishes to explore more about young culture. Seon-ok is now used to live in Seoul city after leaving her hometown. They both like to sit around in a park and simply watch people passing by. On one Wednesday, Dong-bok skips the protest, and goes to a cafe to drink a bubble tea. Dong-bok sees a couple there and remembers her childhood with her first love, Byeol-ha.
by E.C. Timmer East Coast Premiere (18:38)
Young Jenny comes from school to an empty home. Her single father works late, returning long after his daughter. Jenny – with her irrepressible spirit – uses her solitude to offer a gift of connection to her father.
26-year old Jenny rediscovers the expressiveness of her childhood, offering the same gift of connection to another young girl – so much like herself.
by Katie Kim US Premiere (12:11)
In Seoul 1989, two people are set up by their families on a date for marriage. Jiho, a die-hard New Yorker who wants to return to New York, aims to sabotage it at all cost. Moonsik, a lifelong Seoul-er, after a marathon of unsuccessful dates, must make this one work at all cost. Their date soon morphs into chaos, yet what they didn’t expect is – a connection made.
Secret Lives of Asians at Night
by Kevin Wang (KEFF) (18:00)
What does the model minority do after dark? (A screwball noir in 5 languages.)
An Object of Merit
by Amanda Ann-Min Wong (23:30)
What makes an ordinary bowl beautiful? Korean-Canadian ceramic artist Minjae Lee explores the influences on his functional wares, searching for purpose in his art.
by Christina Yoon (12:18)
Yeona is a Korean immigrant residing in Queens, NY who has a severely scarred face and suffers from deep-rooted self image issues. As a tailor at a local dry cleaners, she wears a cloth mask to hide herself from the world. Yeona decides to seek plastic surgery at a Korean black market hospital to fix her appearance once and for all. When she is urged to remake her appearance beyond recognition, Yeona is forced to question what can and cannot be repaired by going under the knife.
international documentary night (10/21)
Our feature documentary night. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
land of my father
Matthew J Koshmrl East Coast Premiere (1:15:46)
Set in the unresolved trauma of the Japanese occupation of Korea, Land of My Father (아버지의 땅) is a story about two individuals who take on the establishment in an attempt to change accepted historical narratives. A Korean farmer protests the Japanese government in Tokyo for claiming the disputed island territory of Dokdo after finding out his father was abducted and enslaved in a coal mine during the Japanese occupation of Korea. A Korean woman who lived on Dokdo with her father struggles to keep his legacy alive after the Korean government mysteriously erased their history of being pioneering residents.
by Ji Yoon Kim East Coast Premiere (4:16)
In an attempt to explore their sexuality, Hajun descends into the heart of their Church’s core beliefs of denial and shame.
vr theater experience night (10/22)
While we can’t physically be in a theater, our VR theater will position you into a seat at a 360 theater for an immersive in theater experience. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
by Rachel Wolther (22:00)
MINA hits rock bottom and returns home to her neurotic, puppet-company-obsessed sister, GWEN. Mina convinces Gwen to let her help with her business, but when a high-maintenance Mom hires them for a “mindfulness-themed” party, the sister’s mutual resentment escalates a series of disasters, including a bloody search for a lost worm puppet and a hallucination-fueled bike ride.
ximbi xombi x (VR)
by David Kim (1:38:00)
A music agent alters the souls of grunge band SheepPsyche to play alternative K-pop reggae live at the Virtual Reckoning.
independent new wave night (10/23)
A showcase of a feature and a short independent new wave films. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
by Jules Suo Brooklyn Premiere (1:06:00)
10 AM JFK airport. Han Chul waits for Nari near the air-train. Han Chul is a documentary filmmaker visiting from Tokyo. Nari, a working actress living in New York City. The two reunite after a year apart only to discover that living in different hemispheres has affected their relationship. One day, free-spirited Han Chul travels to Berlin on a job assignment, only to return to New York City and discover that Nari had left to Korea to star in a new film. Han’s nomadic lifestyle leads him back to Korea… with the wind in his hair and the ground beneath his feet is now solid. He has returned, and one could ask of him: “Have you changed?”
by Jaro Minne North America Premiere (15:25)
Winter. A fifteen-year-old girl in a remote Georgian village tries to get closer to her older brother, just as he decides to leave home in search for work abroad.
centerpiece feature night (10/24)
Spotlight feature and the last films to premiere on FestivalFlix. On the day of the launch, you’ll be emailed an access code. With the access code, you’ll be able to click on each film title to watch the film on the FestivalFlix page. Click here to sign up and donate to get the access code.
by Samuel Kiehoon Lee NY Premiere (1:35:00)
A Gyopo is defined as a person of Korean descent that has been raised abroad. Often feeling like the outsider as the “Asian person”, many Gyopos make the pilgrimage to Korea, only to find that they are also outsiders in the country that gave birth to their parents. These third culture kids are a new “lost generation”–expatriates with no real center or direction. We follow an ensemble cast of Gyopos as they spend a typical day in the life of Seoul. A cross between PLAYTIME and DAZED AND CONFUSED, these Gyopos get drunk, laugh, fall in love, and get into fist fights. Taking place over a span of 24 hours, these stories interweave with each other as we follow one character to the next. They are a clan of well-educated 20 and 30-somethings, all suffering from some form of identity issue.
Several interweaving stories about an eclectic mix of English speaking Korean expats living in Seoul. Shot with no script and no crew, and starring a cast of 50 characters, GYOPO is an energetic and inventive portrait of people who find themselves immersed in but apart from Korean culture.
by Eddie Shieh (5:00)
A young couple walk a fine line while thriving in an open marriage until they catch each other breaking their own rules.
IN SYNC was created for the 2019 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout under the theme, Balancing Act. As a frequent participant of 72 hour festivals, I find these events as the best way for a filmmaker to exercise their problem-solving and execution under a ticking clock. However as a father of twin toddlers, time and sleep are your most precious gifts on top of the trust of your cast and crew who are lending their passions and talents. The pressure to deliver was definitely on. But thanks to a wonderful assembly of personalities and chemistry (that was IN SYNC), teamwork made the dream work. We hope audiences come away with as much pleasure and enjoyment as we did
Festival open binge + bonus programming (10/25-10/31)
All the above films are live and available for streaming until 10/31. Feel free to binge the programs and check back for additional extras and bonuses with the film makers.
This is your laugh Q&A
Enjoy this fun Q&A with Director Chris Hollstein and Cinematographer Juli Lopez moderated by Patrick Epino of National Film society
National Film society (youtube channel)
one last monster Q&A
Get in depth with Writer/Director Gene Kim about his animation short film moderated by journalist and content creator Mufsin Mahbub (host of The Nerd Blast channel)
The Nerd Blast (youtube channel)
Live GAMP Q&A
Check out this recording of the live GAMP Q&A with Sarah Todes, Diana Oh, Sipiwe Moyo, Rachel Wolther Moderated by Dae Hoon Kim of Über Reality.
Learn more about Gyopo with Writer/Director/Actor Samuel Kiehoon Lee and actress Sally Yoo in this Q&A moderated by KAFFNY Deputy program director Mark Singh.
Learn more about the making of Latchkeys with Writer/Director E.C. Timmer and Actresses, Meilani Sato (young Jenny) and SunHee Seo (adult Jenny). Moderated by Stephanie Giang (Web Show Page Producer for FOX News, and FOX Asian Community Exchange (ACE) Member.)
blue grey Q&A
Learn more about the making of Latchkeys with Writer/Director Katie Kim and Actress/Producer Flora Jiwu Yoo. Moderated by Stephanie Giang (Web Show Page Producer for FOX News, and FOX Asian Community Exchange (ACE) Member.)
Secret lives of asians at night Q&A
Vibrant and creative filmmaking filled with originality and many surprises, we’re intrigued to see what’s next in store for the filmmaker.
Learn more about the making of Secret Lives of Asians at Night with Actor Jae Shin. Moderated by Stephanie Giang (Web Show Page Producer for FOX News, and FOX Asian Community Exchange (ACE) Member.)
Learn more about the making of Sesang with Writer/Director Jules Suo. Moderated by Joseph Yun.