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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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As the festival run is coming to a close for us, we are exhilirated to share that $30 To Antarctica will be screening on Air Canada from May - August, 2019!

$30 To Antarctica will also be joining two series by SIMA Studios + Awards - SIMA Classroom and SIMAx Collection Traveling Series. The film will be used for educators in high schools and universities. It will also be screened around the globe where they see fit along with other social impact docs. Stay tuned for a screening near you!



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

Nominated for Best Foreign Documentary Director
Madrid International Film Festival

Silver Screen Society Award
SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Best Short Doc 3rd Place
Anchorage International Film Festival

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

Reel Asian Air Canada Award
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

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

Hollywood Screening Film Festival

Best Cinematography Gold Award (October 2017) 
LA Shorts Awards

Official Selections
HollyShorts Film Festival
Phoenix FIlm Festival
Oxford Film Festival
Ojai Film Festival
NewFilmmakers NY
San Diego Asian Film Festival

41st Asian American International Film Festival
DocuWest Documentary Film Festival
Red Rock Film Festival
Long Beach Indie Film Festival


"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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