A Film by Tiffanie Hsu


Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.


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    Tiffanie Hsu

    Tiffanie is a writer and director recently selected as an HBO Visionary for her short film, WONDERLAND (2017), a coming-of-age story about a Chinese-American girl struggling to reconcile family and fantasy in America’s adult playground: Las Vegas. The film stars Joan Chen (LUST CAUTION, TWIN PEAKS), debuts her daughter, Audrey Hui, and is available on HBO platforms through 2018. In 2017, Tiffanie directed a feature documentary for the Swarovski Foundation. WATERSCHOOL (2018) follows six girls living along the Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, Danube, Ganges, and Yangtze rivers on journeys of empowerment as they use education around water and sustainability to protect their communities and homes. WATERSCHOOL recently premiered at Sundance 2018. She will be a shadowing director on the upcoming season of TRANSPARENT, and is developing a feature adaptation of WONDERLAND.
    Hsu has a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Directing from the University of California, Los Angeles. She grew up in Wisconsin, Taiwan, and Southern California and began her career as a director’s assistant for international popstar Leehom Wang on his directorial debut LOVE IN DISGUISE (2010) and then for Ang Lee on LIFE OF PI (2012).

Awards + Festivals

  • HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Love in Small Corners Programme, Hawaii, USA)November 15, 2017
  • LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL (HBO APA Visionaries Programme, Los Angeles, CA, USA)April 28, 2017
  • PALM SPRINGS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (This American Life Programme, Palm Springs, CA, USA)June 22, 2017
  • SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA)February 22, 2018
  • DISORIENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eugene, OR, USA)April 19, 2018
  • 7th UNDEREXPOSED FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA)May 9, 2018
  • 10th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schull, West Cork, Ireland)May 23, 2018
  • 2nd FICCSUR SOUTHERN CONE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)May 24, 2018
  • 15th NAHAL INT'L STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tehran, Iran)June 18, 2018
  • 4th SOUTH TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Edingburg, TX, USA)September 5, 2018
  • 2nd LANETT CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lanett, AL, USA)September 7, 2018
  • 14th 60 SECONDS OR LESS VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chestertown, Maryland, USA)September 12, 2018
  • AMSTERDAM LIFT-OF FILM FESTIVAL (Online Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)October 2, 2018
  • 28th THE FESTIVAL DE TYO (Official Selection, Cergy-Le-Haut, France)October 4, 2018
  • 16th TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)November 2, 2018
  • 11th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)November 14, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)November 26, 2018
  • 7th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 6, 2018
  • 1st KAARYAT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)December 28, 2018
  • 1st CAPITAL FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL LISBON (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)February 8, 2019
  • 9th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)February 14, 2019
  • 4th INDIE-LINCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincolnshire, UK)February 14, 2019
  • 4th RAPIDLION - THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 1, 2019
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • 7th ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Annapolis, Maryland, USA)March 21, 2019
  • 3rd ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn Heights, NY, USA)April 4, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 14th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolin, USA)April 9, 2019
  • 8th INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bursa, Turkey)April 12, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019
  • 8th CARDIFF MINI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cardiff, United Kingdom)June 22, 2019
  • 5th THE QUARANTINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Varna, Bulgaria)July 2, 2019
  • 3rd SYMI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Island of Symi, Greece)September 16, 2019
  • 4th REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)September 27, 2019



Tiffanie Hsu
Tiffanie Hsu
Pin-Chun Liu, Domenica Castro
Director of Photography
Julian Amaru Estrada
Production Design
Ying-Te Julie Chen
Costume Design
Wendy Eberhart-Patrick
Houston Guy
Gardner Gould
Sound Design
Paul Hsu & Phil Stockton
Duncan Blickenstaff


Running Time
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 Surround



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University of California Los Angeles,
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Los Angeles, Ca 90095


Tiffanie Hsu