Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow.
For fourteen-year-old Sam, surviving junior high means staying below radar. But that becomes impossible after he becomes the target of the school’s next viral video. He’s pressured to “hit back,” but Sam isn’t so sure—even if he does have super powers.
Jeremy Merrifield, Dave Testa
Paul Scheer, Jonah Beres, Jaylin Ogle, Carson Severson
Narrative Competition (Shorts)DramaAsianAfrican American Spotlight
Wendy is one of thousands of Chinese "parachute kids" seeking a new kind of American Dream: her parents saved up for years to earn her a one-way ticket to the US and a coveted spot at an American high school.
But upon arrival, she found that the "school" is clearly not what the brochures promised. Over time, her Dream has morphed into disdain. She's alone, an ocean away from home, and invisible in the looming shadow of Silicon Valley.
Everything changes when a new Chinese student moves in with Wendy's host family. Mei Ling is kind and caring... but is she friend or foe?
Nicky Zou, Zoe Lau, Bettina Devin, Ross Turner, Chris Markle
In the near future, when all labor works are replaced by humanoids, a Chinese chef, Pu (60s) is ordered to pass on his cooking skill to a humanoid robot William and to teach him Chinese cooking. Designed to satisfy his owner, William tries to follow Pu’s every instruction, but his robotic demand for precision and perfection is essentially contradictory to Chinese cooking. At the same time, the protests against AI replacing the human labor are more and more intense. Qiang, Pu’s apprentice is also one of the protestors. Since Qiang disappoints Pu time and time again in cooking, Pu starts to get closer with William, which pushes him to the opposite of human beings. Pu becomes at a loss in this dilemma.