Kim's Convenience and Man in the High Castle cast members among winning Crazy8s film projects

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      The batch of film projects that topped this year's Crazy8s 20th annual short film competition include names from well-known TV series and also span a number of genres and culturees.

      This year's winners, announced today (January 8), consist of six short films chosen from almost 200 applications.

      "Idols Never Die", about four fangirls who try to fulfill a K-pop star's last wish after his demise, by writer-director Jerome Yoo and writer Andrea Bang (who plays Janet on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience which happens to also have its Season 3 premiere today).

      The true story of the world's first computer programmer, Ada Byron King (daughter of Lord Byron), served as inspiration of "Ada", written and directed by Steven Kammerer.

      Lee Shorten

      Actor Lee Shorten will direct his Man in the High Castle fellow cast member Mayumi Yoshida in "Parabola", about a Japanese single mother who faces challenges in her relationship with her father after he is released from prison. The short film will also feature local actor Hiro Kanagawa, whose credits include a recurring role on The Man in the High Castle, which is filmed in Vancouver. 

      Nessa Aref (producer of the sci-fi thriller feature film Freaks) will direct the teen thriller "The Mirror", co-written with Alysson Hall.

      The quirky sci-fi drama "Hatch" written and directed by Heather Perluzzo, depicts what happens when a woman adopts an alien egg.

      Meanwhile in "Unkept", directed by Michael Vidler who cowrote the script with Pawan Deol, a young Sikh boy makes a decision to fit in with his baseball team.

      Mayumi Yoshida

      Teams will be provided with $1,000 cash and in-kind assistance from the film community, and will commence production on these films on February 8, and will have only eight days to shoot, edit, and post their films.

      New this year is an extra $500 that teams will receive from Creative B.C. for film festival submissions.

      The completed films will be shown at a gala screening to be held at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street) on February 23, with an afterparty at Science World.

      Prior to that event, a 20th anniversary fundraising screening, featuring a retrospective of classic Crazy8s films from the past two decades, will be held for the Crazy8s at the Rio Theatre on January 24, hosted by local comedian, actor, and filmmaker David C. Jones. 

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