HBO Premieres Asian-Pacific American Visionaries’ Short Films

25 Apr 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

Diverse stories and storytellers are making a big impact across the film and television landscape. In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, HBO will premiere the three finalists from the Asian-Pacific American (APA) Visionaries Short Film Competition across all HBO platforms in May.

•  “Halwa,” directed by Nirav Bhakta, is the story of an Indian woman who rekindles her relationship with a childhood sweetheart through Facebook messages, but her abusive husband takes notice. The film was co-directed by Gayatri Bajpai.

•  “Moonwalk With Me,” directed by So Young Shelly Yo, is about a Korean American girl who is haunted by her father’s disappearances and tells the story of the immigrant experience through a magical landscape.

•  “Zoetic,” directed by Julie Zhan, is a coming of age story about a single, 60-year old Chinese immigrant mother who is challenged to think of her own wants and needs. She reluctantly agrees to join an online dating app with the help of her daughter. Through the experience, they begin to break through the emotional wall between Asian parent and child. Zoetic was co-directed by Wesley Chan.

In 2016, HBO established the APA Visionaries competition to provide a platform for Asian-Pacific American stories. The competition aims to further the dialogue about representation in Hollywood and the importance of diversity in entertainment. HBO and WarnerMedia believe these stories should be told across all its media platforms and reflect the diverse backgrounds, interests and cultures of our customers. 

The winner of this year’s competition will be announced on May 3 at the Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film Festival. The films will be available to stream on May 6 at 8 p.m. across all of HBO’s on-demand and digital platforms:



HBO On Demand®


Partner’s streaming platforms

HBO will also debut an “APA Collection” featuring the 2019 and 2018 winning films on the HBO NOW® and HBO GO® homepage.