Push

A Grandfather and grandson's journey through life.

  • Trilina Mai
    Director
  • Mike Yun
    Composer
  • Max Phan
    Sound Designer
  • Khanh Bui
    Assistant Sound Designer
  • Daniel Ramos
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Genres:
    Slice of life, animation, shortfilm, student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 12, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • 2020 Cinema Steamboat

    United States
    SECOND PLACE WINNER
  • 2020 GUKIFF

    Korea, Republic of
    Best Creative Short
  • 2020 Hollywood Short Film Festival

    United States
    Best Animated Short
  • 2020 AGM International Short Film Competition

    United States
    Finalist
  • 2020 Humboldt International Film Fest

    United States
    Finalist
  • 2020 New York Animation Film Awards

    United States
    Finalist
  • 2020 International Kids Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Lahore International Children’s Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Children’s Film Festival Seattle

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Jelly Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Flushing Town Hall: Crazy Talented Asians & Friends

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Lift-Off Showcase Online Extravaganza

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Monthly Indie Shorts

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Cartoon Club International Festival of Animation Cinema

    Official Selection
  • 2020 LA Animation FilmFest

    Official Selection
  • 2020 ANIMAZE

    Official Selection
  • 2020 DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 El Paso Media Fest

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Melrose Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 CSU Media Fest

    United States
    Audience Choice & 2nd Place Animation
  • 2019 LAAF

    United States
    Best Student Film
  • 2019 Art All Night - Trenton: 7th Annual Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Student Academy Awards

    United States
    Finalist
  • 2019 Florida Film Academy International Student Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Overmountain Animation Festival

    United States
    Best Student Film
  • 2019 3rd Chaniartoon International comic & Animation Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Animafilm Baku International Animation Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2020 Awesome Con Short Film Fest

    United States
    Best in Show
  • 2019 Viet Film Fest

    Official Selection
  • 2019 Asian Creative Network: Creative Arts Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 PAAFF Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • 2019 MAAC-24FPA International Animation Awards

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Trilina Mai

I am an award-winning filmmaker and animator with a BFA degree in Illustration/Animation from California State University Long Beach. For as long as I can recall, drawing has been a huge component of my life. After creating a festival winning animated music video during my senior year of high school, I knew animation was my career.

During my time at CSULB, I was heavily involved in the program. I was a manager of the department computer lab, co-organizer of the international animation competition 24 Hours Animation Contest, and the leading voice that organized the animation programs’ first off-campus thesis screening, Double Exposure. In addition to my dedication to the program, I also directed my award-winning and 2019 Student Academy Finalist thesis film, Push.

Professionally, I have collaborated with various artists and have interned twice as an Animation intern at Pixar Animation Studios and contributed as a Crowds/Fix Animator on Onward. I currently work at a startup animation studio and continue to freelance with my small team called Loud Bird Productions. My current breadth of work consists of animated music videos and shorts both personal and client requested. On the off-chance I’m not working --or in quarantine for a global pandemic, I can be found hiking, seeking my next delicious meal, or teaching high schoolers how to spin a baton.

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Director Statement

Push is an animated short film dedicated to my relationship with my late Grandfather. The inspiration for the film came during a time where I noticed many of my friends losing their loved ones. Witnessing these occurrences not only made me reflect upon my own relationship with my Grandfather as a child, but my relationship with friends, peers, and mentors. I pondered upon the start of each relationship, and how it evolved over time. In addition, I purposely made the grandfather and grandson's relationship part of a Vietnamese-American culture because I wanted to highlight my own mix-cultural upbringing. I hope everyone who watches this film is reminded to treasure everyone in their life