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Here are the Top 15 Films of this year’s Interpretations Short Film Initiative: 

DADDY DAY directed by Faroukh Virani
HIT OR MISS directed by Kristine Gerolaga
ICE CREAM DREAMS directed by Shea William Vanderpoort
LILY directed by Angela Park
NUTS directed by Leon Cheo
PAPER CHILDREN directed by Jeff Gadigan
PREY directed by Matthew King
REAL directed by Hiroshi Hara
SCARE ME directed by Elaine Loh
SINGULARITY directed by Tom Choi
SKETCH directed by Jason M. Klein
SOCKS FOR YOU! directed by Rommel Andaya
SWING directed by Andrew Pang
THE MAJESTIC MR. JESSE directed by Lawrence Chen
WINGMAN directed by Julia Chang

You can also view them all at our Top 15 Page. To see all the films entered for this year’s Interpretations Short Film Initiative, head over to our All Entries Page.

This semi-finalist group will now enter the next phase of Interpretations and be viewed by an esteemed jury of industry professionals, headed by YOMYOMF Founder and STAR TREK BEYOND director Justin Lin. There will be 3 winners, 2 to be chosen by said jury and 1 to be chosen by audience voting.

To read up on the members of the jury, head over to the official YOMYOMF/Interpretations announcement.

How To Vote

1. Go to the page of the video you want to vote for. Click on the Vote button which is the “triangle” icon on the lower left corner under the video. Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 3.25.07 PM

You will be prompted to log in if you already have a YOMYOMF account. If you do not have one, then you must first sign-up and create an account. You must be logged in to vote.

2. Once you’ve voted, the icon should turn red and/or a message will display letting you know your vote has been accepted. Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 3.25.27 PM

3. You can vote for as many of the top 15 videos as you like, but you can only vote once for each video. If you vote for any entry more than one time, all your votes may be disqualified.

4. The open voting period will take place from midnight on September 7 through 11:59PM PST on October 6, 2016.

5. In addition to voting, we encourage you to leave comments for the entries and engage with the filmmakers. Check frequently on the blog and especially our POV section throughout the voting period for exclusive content about the films and filmmakers.

6. If you experience any problems voting, e-mail the contest administrator.

What Is Interpretations?

Interpretations is an initiative of YOMYOMF aka You Offend Me You Offend My Family, the Asian American pop culture blog founded by director Justin Lin (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, FAST & FURIOUS franchise, STAR TREK BEYOND) now in its newly revamped 2.0 version, and the YOMYOMF Foundation, the non-profit arm of YOMYOMF devoted to fostering and developing Asian American voices in entertainment and the arts.

The first Interpretations was successfully launched in 2010 to find and identify talented Asian American filmmakers. Now in 2016, our mission is to not only bring Interpretations back, but take it to the next level. Filmmakers will once again be asked to submit a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same four-line script. But this time, with the support of our sponsors Comcast and NBCUniversal, our three winners will get the opportunity to direct a YOMYOMF produced project under the mentorship of Justin Lin and/or other equivalent industry filmmakers.

Program Description

Now that technology has made filmmaking tools more accessible than ever, it’s even more important that directors have a distinct point-of-view and understand how to market themselves and their work. However, despite the fact that the web remains an open platform for distribution, emerging filmmakers still struggle with the age-old challenge of gaining exposure and access to influential industry players.

So with this challenge in mind, YOMYOMF is launching the 2.0 version of Interpretations – a short film initiative to encourage aspiring Asian American filmmakers to develop their own original and unique voice. All participants will create a short film using the same four-line original script. The point of this exercise will be to encourage filmmakers to find their own take on the material and to be as creative with it as they can. The script will be broad and fluid enough so that one director could craft a comedy from it, another a stylish music video, another an action film, another an avant-garde work of animation and so on.

Once the films are submitted, a distinguished panel of judges from both the studio and independent filmmaking worlds will review the submissions and narrow them down to fifteen semi-finalists. From those fifteen, three finalists/winners will be selected—two decided by the judges and one by online audience voting.

The winning filmmakers will have an opportunity to direct a YOMYOMF produced project for one of the Comcast or NBCUniversal platforms (or another equivalent platform) under the mentorship of Justin Lin and other industry professionals. YOMYOMF will also make an attempt to introduce promising filmmakers, whether they are a finalist or not, to appropriate industry mentors to help create more focused opportunities for growth and networking.

YOMYOMF founder/Director Justin Lin explained regarding the origins of Interpretations: “Marlon Brando once remarked that the only way the Academy Awards would be a true barometer of who was truly best was if every actor tackled the same role and would be judged on how they interpreted that part. This exercise will embody that spirit so that a 14-year-old suburban kid from New Jersey or a 70-year-old aspiring filmmaker from Texas would both have an equal opportunity of creating something memorable.”

The four-line script, written by Tony Award-winning writer David Henry Hwang (M. BUTTERFLY, CHINGLISH, Showtime’s THE AFFAIR) can be accessed here.

Related Press

Justin Lin’s Short-Film Contest Announces Jury, Top 15 Finalists (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter, 9/7/16)

Justin Lin’s Foundation Relaunches Asian-American Short Film Contest (Hollywood Reporter, 3/9/16)

Justin Lin Revives ‘Interpretations’ Asian-American Short Film Initiative (NBC News, 3/11/16)

YOMYOMF Re-launches “Interpretations” Short Film Initiative (Angry Asian Man, 3/15/2016)

Justin Lin: If we want more diversity in Hollywood, “the general public has to demand it” (Salon, 3/22/16)


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