As we say hello to a new year and new possibilities, here are three more INTERPRETATIONS submissions our jurors had high praise for, but that didn’t make the final five. They’re all very different films, but each in its own way speaks to this theme of possibilities and wishful thinking. Whether dealing with the consequences of a horrible act or seeking a dream that’s probably way out of reach, the characters in these shorts find themselves in the all too real, human dilemma where the thing that they so desperately wish for, seems out of reach. Enjoy:

Xiao Li Tan

“Xiao Li Tan really took advantage of the three minute format and told a complete, original (with a nod to homage) and entertaining story. I laughed, I cried, I watched it twice. Bravo!”MATT HOLLOWAY (Screenwriter, IRON MAN)

HabuNami Brothers (Note: this is a longer version of the original submission)


“Really thoughtful and well made. I have read about what has been going on in Okinawa for so long and the filmmakers created a really vivid and shocking film. I really appreciated the sound design and how it added to the mood of the piece.” — MARCUS HU (Distributor, President of Strand Releasing)

Justin Quizon

“I laughed so much – I watched this three times and thought the two guys were really well cast and they were such naturals.” LAURA KIM (publicist/distributor, founding member of Red Flag Releasing & Warner Independent Pictures)


  1. Just in case some curious cats ever read this blog post, please note that we recently re-uploaded “Love, Okinawa” to youtube. Please watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGIAK_AWJSQ&feature=channel_video_title

    – Team HabuNami