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HBO announces 5th AAPI Shortfilm Competition Finalists

HBO announced three finalists for their fifth annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition, Deadline reports. The three finalists include Jess X. Snow for Little Sky, Jessi Gi for Neh and Urvashi Pathania for Unmothered.

A committee selected the films that exemplify the theme of “taking the lead.” Hundreds of submissions were reviewed for the competition.

Snow is a non-binary film director who gives representation to queer Asian immigrant stories. Alongside filmmaking, Snow is an artist, poet and community arts director.

Gi features stories that focus on endurance, sacrifice and determination based on his experiences as a second-generation Korean American. He also gives credit to the community surrounding him while growing up as inspiration for his movies.

Pathania is a Los Angeles-based writer and director that symbolizes emotions as pathways to greater knowledge.

APA Visionaries 2021 Ambassador Jamie Chang feels satisfied with the three nominated finalists.

“I’m very proud of this year’s contestants. The filmmakers were able to showcase authentic stories with such intimacy, and oftentimes humor, exploring complex family dynamics, and overcoming personal and generational trauma,” Chang told Broadway World. “Through these shorts, we are left feeling inspired and hopeful.”

On September 25, Visual Communications will premiere the films during the 2021 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Additionally, the films will begin to stream on HBO Max on September 27.

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