BC's Best Shorts



Mina Shum

Independent writer/director Mina Shum, born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, calls Vancouver home base. She has written and directed three award-winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences.

Shum's third feature, Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity, premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival and played to sold out audiences at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. It won a Special Citation for Best Screenplay (shared with co-writer Dennis Foon) at the Vancouver Film Festival. It was released theatrically in Canada by Odeon Films and in the U.S by Film Movement. Her second feature, Drive, She Said, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997.

As a director resident at the Canadian Film Centre, Shum developed her first feature-length film Double Happiness, which premiered at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival, receiving the Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Feature Film and tying in third place with Kieslowski for the Toronto Metro Media Prize. Double Happiness garnered Canada's highest film honours, winning Genie Awards for Best Actress (Sandra Oh) an Best Editing (Alison Grace) with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. It also won 1995 Berlin Film Festival prize for Best First Feature, as well the Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival in 1994. After its US premiere at Sundance, it was released theatrically in the US by Fine Line/New Line Features in 1995.

Shum has written and directed seven short films, including Picture Perfect, which was nominated for Best Short Drama at the 1989 Yorkton Film Festival, Shortchanged, Love Canadian Short at the 1989 Toronto Film Festival.

She is currently preparing her next feature, the comedy, Two of Me, produced with Brightlight Pictures, as well as writing and developing other feature projects including the kung fu teen comedy, The Lotus (co-written with Dennis Foon) and a documentary The Ninth Floor, for The National film Board. Her cinematic theatre piece, All (a collaboration with Standing Wave Music Ensemble) was presented at the Push Festival in 2011. And her Internet hit, Hip Hop Mom, was most recently invited to take part in the official Calgary Canada Day 2012 celebrations.


Kaleena Kiff

Raised in Los Angeles, Kaleena enjoyed a successful career as an actress before moving behind the camera in 2005. Since the award-winning short film When Jesse Was Born, she has produced at least one film per year. As a director, Kaleena’s debut short film Alice & Huck earned multiple international awards. In 2009, she and Ryan Copple created the critically acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy webseries Riese: Kingdom Falling, which was acquired by Syfy Network’s digital arm and licensed worldwide to NBC/Universal International and novelized by Simon & Schuster. Kaleena directed the first five episodes of Riese and served as executive producers on all episodes.

As a producer, Kaleena’s feature film Marilyn debuted in December 2011 at the Whistler Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Canadian Feature. Additionally, Marilyn received eight Leo Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film’s star, Ryan Robbins, took home the Best Actor Leo for his performance in Marilyn. It will screen at additional festivals this fall. Kaleena and her partners have been developing web and television projects with BBC Worldwide, Muse Entertainment, Content Media, and E-One Entertainment.  With her company Trinity Works Entertainment, Kaleena is developing a feature starring Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), which will go to camera in May 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. Kaleena is also co-owner of the post-production company FrameRate Creative Services. Kaleena is currently in post on the thriller Death Do Us Part, which she produced and 2nd Unit directed. The film is slated for a fall 2012 finish.

Brian Lye

Brian Lye is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and artist who uses imagination and humour to reflect on life experiences. He has lived, worked and studied in Canada, Japan, Uganda, Australia (Sydney Film School), and the Czech Republic (Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). His films have been included in numerous national and international festivals and screenings including the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, Sundance Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. He was the winner of The Ellen Filmmaker to Watch Award at the Aspen Shortsfest in 2011, a co-recipient of a BC Arts Council Production Grant in 2011 for his latest short Peach Juice, and individual recipient in 2012 for an upcoming collaborative documentary project which will take place in Uganda. www.brianlye.com

Brian Lye's short film, Peach Juice, shows in the Resisting the Inevitable screening on Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm