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$30 To Antarctica follows the story of Ka Foon Chau, who grew up an impoverished child, and retired a renowned doctor. Raised in 1960s Hong Kong, Chau faced the bias of her elders who attempted to discourage her interest in the academics. Through a small gesture of support she received from a teacher, Chau built a life and career that moved beyond the restrictive boundaries set by her parents’ generation. She is now ready to fulfill a childhood dream – to see Antarctica.




Director & Writer: Joey Chu
Producers: Kelly Mckay & Joey Chu
Cinematographer: Dumaine Babcock
Editor: Samantha Cordova
Original Score: Adam Traister
Sound Supervisor: Matthew Conzelmann
Animator: Ana Milena Bojanini
Colorist: Jacob Mckee
Sound Effects Editor: Ian Chase
Foley Artist: Chloe VanTil
Foley Mixers: Haley Bowers Roberto Garcia
Re-Recording Mixers: Ian Chase & Danielle Price
Title and Motion Designer: Bobby Hanley

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Official Selection
DocuWest Documentary Film Festival
Date and Address:
Saturday Sept 22, 2018 1:45pm
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San Diego Asian Film Festival
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HollyShorts Film Festival
Date and Address:
Monday August 13, 2018 12:00pm
TLC Chinese Theater, Los Angeles, CA

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Long Beach Indie Film Festival
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Best Student Film, Finalist for Best Short Doc
Indy Shorts International Film Festival  (Heartland)

Nominated for Best Foreign Docu Director
Madrid International Film Festival

Best Short Doc 3rd Place
Anchorage International Film Festival

Best Women Filmmaker, Best Director (October 2017)
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards

SIMA Social Impact Media Awards

Best Foreign Documentary Short (October 2017) 
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Best Short Documentary (August 2017)
Around International Film Festival Amsterdam

Official Selection
41st Asian American International Film Festival

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Phoenix FIlm Festival

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Oxford Film Festival

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NewFilmmakers NY

Hollywood Screening Film Festival

Best Cinematography Gold Award (October 2017) 
LA Shorts Awards


"The film is a work of clear-eyed inspiration and
natural beauty."

SCAD Works


"Chu delivers messages of determination and simple kindness that also include surprises and a special revelation."

Art House Film Wire

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