The Gift is a coming of age adventure story, set in Hong Kong. BOBBY PARKER is a 12-year-old boy who was given a gift by his father the day he was born. He carries this brightly wrapped package everywhere that he goes. One day, MR. PARKER, the best father a boy could have, presents Bobby with the announcement of a move and a new better, school. Bobby is apprehensive. Dad kisses his forehead and assures him everything will be alright. But Bobby finds out differently on his first day at school. Instead of welcoming Bobby as the new kid, SAMMY and his gang of boys tease and harass him for carrying a gift, for being different. Bobby is desperate to have friends and is shocked when Sammy delivers this ultimatum: choose us or choose your gift. Dad has been curiously absent, so Bobby, down and distraught, finally caves and smashes his gift in exchange for friendship. He learns all to quickly that he has made the wrong choice when he and the gang find themselves at the forbidden Jump Rock. When Bobby get seriously injured and cries out for help, Sammy and the gang save themselves and leave Bobby in peril. He is miraculously saved, and given a second chance. The reason for his father’s absence is revealed and Bobby now clearly sees the errors of his ways. He learns to be grateful for what he has, and to value the people in his life.
Director: Lisa Belcher
Lisa’s passion for filmmaking has evolved from her experience in screenwriting and acting. Her recent roles include the lead in “Otherhood”, a theatre production in Hong Kong, Production Manager for Toronto based feature film “Hacker” and Producer for feature film “My Name is Tanyusha”. “The Gift” marks her directorial debut.