Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 9:30 PM

Multimedia & Animation Shorts

Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

This August, BxFW collects standout multimedia and animation short films by international directors:

  • THE LAST MANGROVE SEED. Director: Rayhan Ahmad. 2021. Malaysia. 8:45 min. The futuristic animation Anak Bakau Terakhir tells the story of 3 indigenous Seletar children, namely Bagong, Tiara and Deli, sneaking into the Pirate Ship to recapture the last mangrove seed and save the wisdom of seafarers’ lives.
  • THE MACHINATOR. Director: Pablo Latorre. 2016. Antigua and Barbuda. 10:00 min. It is a love story of John, a young inventor of tin robots, and Anna, a beautiful girl selling paper cranes in place of Arthur, his father. Arthur opposes the relationship and tries to prevent it. John overcomes all obstacles and get to his love.
  • iRONY. Director: Radheya Jegatheva. 2017. Australia. 8 min. A film that explores the relationship between man and technology… told from the perspective of a phone.
  • THE CLIFF HOUSE. Director: Jin Yao Wong. 2017. Malaysia. 8:16 min. A story about an old man with his struggles and determination to build a tower in order to reach his goal.
  • THE MAN WHO MADE THE NIGHT LIGHT. Director: Ryan Potter. 2017. United Kingdom. 11:40 min. A short live action/animation hybrid about the life of a street lamplighter, and the struggling animator who is telling the story.
  • THE BIRD & THE WHALE. Director: Carol Freeman. 2018. Ireland. 7:03 min. The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.
  • HEDGEHOG. Director: Edward Bulmer. 2018. United Kingdom. 11:10 min. Gareth has a debilitating sense of self-doubt… which follows him around in the form of a hedgehog.
  • DAK TOKA TAINO. Director: Alba Enid Garcia Rivas. 2018. Puerto Rico. 13 min. Marabelí, a young Taína, visits her grandma, Abuela Yaya, after Hurricane María, fearing for her survival. But Abuela Yaya comforts and reminds her of their resilient Taíno ancestors.

Program presented in English and Spanish with subtitles.

9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez.


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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!

More About The Artists – Click To Open

PABLO LATORRE trained as a plastic artist in the visual arts workshop of the National University of the Northeast, in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina, making several individual and collective exhibitions. He also obtained numerous training scholarships from the Antorchas de Buenos Aires Foundation, and from the Cultural Department of the Spanish Embassy. His first approach to audiovisuals was in the art direction of several video clips. In 2009 he obtained a scholarship from the Rosario Audiovisual Center for the ROSARINO SCHOOL OF ENTERTAINERS. In Rosario, he founded Dos Mangos producciones, and began to make different short films and video clips for independent bands. He recently obtained a degree from the Provincial Film and Television School of Rosario, Santa Fe.

RADHEYA JEGATHEVA is a Perth based Australian filmmaker who was born in Johor, Malaysia, to parents of South Korean, Japanese, Indian and Malaysian ancestry. Radheya is passionate about the arts, and his skill set covers a range of areas including writing, directing, animation, editing and music composition.

JIN YAO WONG is a graduate from Multimedia University,Cyberjaya,Malaysia. Born in Pahang,Malaysia April 6th 1994, he enrolled in film production in his late secondary education year. As he enjoys cartoon and animated film just as much as the excitement in film production, he decided to pursue his study in animation and visual effects. While challenging his own boundaries to seek unique visual treatment, he directed “The Cliff House”, his very first animated short film.

RYAN POTTER studied at Coventry University until 2017, he has been stretching hid skills in various projects, accumulating in his final major project, a stop motion/live action hybrid known as ‘The Man Who Made The Night Light’. ​ Now a freelance director, he creates short films and promotional videos around the UK.

EDWARD BULMER is an award-winning Director/Animator/Illustrator based in London. Originally from South Derbyshire, he studied Directing Animation at the National Film and Television School, graduating in 2018, and has since continued to make short films as well as commercials and music videos. Ed’s work is filled with humour and a playful surreality in everyday situations, he brings an emotional depth to his characters and a cinematic styling to his films. Applying a mixed media approach to his work, from traditional techniques and model making, to puppeteering and 2D & 3D animation, creating rich and immersive worlds in which his characters live. His graduation film “Hedgehog” has screened at festivals around the world, picking up a few prizes on the way including the Special Jury Prize at Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival.

ALBA ENID GARCIA RIVAS is an international award-winning Boricua filmmaker with Taíno Indigenous roots. Garcia Rivas brings a new, uplifting narrative by creating worlds inspired by her ancestors’ stories.

In 2018, the Puerto Rican filmmaker completed Dak’Toká Taíno (I Am Taíno) with executive producer and daughter of Jim Henson, Heather B. Henson of IBEX Puppetry. García used puppets she designed and created for the film about the aftermath of hurricane María. It qualified and ran for an Oscar in 2019, and was shown at the Smithsonian Museum, the Museum of Moving Image-MOMI, the Newark Museum, and HBO Max. It is now being distributed by The Jim Henson Company under the Handmade Puppet Film collection. She is currently finishing her 4th film, Dangerously Ever After, a stop-motion film that took 7 and a half years to bring to life. The film is based on an award-winning picture book by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Valeria Docampo. She is also developing a Taino-Inspired TV series, a fantasy feature film and a children’s book. Alba is a member of The Women in Animation Guild and the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA).

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Still frame and trailer of iRONY by Radheya Jegatheva reproduced by courtesy of the directors.

Special thanks to our media broadcast partners at BronxNet Community Television.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our distinguished funders, visit

Event Details

  • Location

    Facebook Live
    67 Optimum
    2133 FIOS

  • Date & Time

    AUGUST 2, 2023
    9:30 PM Eastern

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    Rayhan Ahmad
    Pablo Latorre
    Radheya Jegatheva
    Jin Yao Wong
    Ryan Potter
    Carol Freeman
    Edward Bulmer
    Alba Enid Garcia Rivas

    Sonyi Lopez