'Phony': Tolerating family this holiday season

A young woman with anger issues returns home to seek respite from her career failures, but a simple grocery shopping trip with her mother may prove more than she handle. 

Phony is a comedic but honest exploration into the passive-aggressive nature that defines "toxic Filipino culture."

Veteran actress Princess Punzalan teams up with emerging director Jess Dela Merced in this latest short film produced by feminist comedy maestro Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, A Simple Favor).

For more Filipino short films, watch The Shoemaker and Viva Viva Escolta on Act One.

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