“Americanized” | Short Film

Published on September 22, 2022

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench, but to the Asian kids she’s “Americanized.” As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don’t accept her.

Writer & Director: Erica Eng
Producer: Simran Mahal
Casting Director: Claire Koonce
Director of Photography: Drew Daniels
Production Design: J.D. Moran
Editor: Bowei Yue
Sound Design & Mix: Bo Pang
Music Composer: Aiko Fukushima
Post Color: Asa Fox
Featuring Music by Zion I and Beejus

Eng: Terry Hu
Nee Nee: Helen Ong
Steph: Amber Gaston
Tori: Sharar Ali-Speaks
Coach Carr: Mark Neely
David: Charles Yan
Denise: Shannon Dang

Poster design by Blood, Sweat + Polony

Won “Best Dramatic Short” Cinequest * Oscar Qualified
Won “Young Cineastes Award” Palm Springs ShortFest
Won “Audience Choice Award” Cinequest Film Festival
Won “Best Short Film” Bentonville Film Festival
Won “Best Narrative Short” San Diego Asian Film Fest
Won “Best Cinematography” Salute Your Shorts Film Festival
Won “The Marlyn Mason Award” 1st Place Flickers’ Rhode Island
Won “Best Director” TIDE Film Festival
Won “Rising Star Award” Bushwick Film Festival
Won “Best Local Film” Drunken Film Festival Oakland
Won “Best Short Film” Oakland Short Film Festival
Won “Gratitude Award” Centre Film Festival
Won “Audience Award: Best Narrative Short” Centre Film Festival
Won “Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling” Destiny Film Festival
Won “Audience Award: Best Narrative Short” Coronado Island Film Festival
Won “Audience Choice Award: Best Narrative Short” DisOrient Film Festival
Won “Outstanding Music” Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival
Won “Outstanding International Film” Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival

Nominated “Best Narrative Short” Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Nominated “Best Narrative Short” Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Nominated “Best Female Focus” Cordillera Film Festival
Nominated “Best Local Film” Salute Your Shorts Film Festival
Honorable Mention “Best Live-Action Short” Gold List
Semi-finalist ScreenCraft Film Fund Fall 2019

Official Selection: Atlanta Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Urbanworld, IndyShorts International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival, Salute Your Shorts, LA Shorts International, San Diego International ShortFest, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Vancouver Asian American Film Festival, CAAM Fest, NewFilmmakers LA, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival + more

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