A dark comedy about a gay Korean-American young man and his disapproving mother won the best drama award at the 12th annual New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition.

According to My Mother is a short film that also serves as a proof-of-concept for a TV or web series.

In the film, Daniel (played by Daniel K. Isaac) is a struggling actor in New York who visits his mother Esther in California after the death of his beloved aunt.

Cathy Yan co-wrote the pilot with Isaac and directed.

According to the film's website, Isaac started posting conversations he had with his mother, Esther Lee, a Christian conservative Korean immigrant, on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #AccordingToMyMother.

In one conversation, Lee tells her son that she went to the funeral of a 57-year-old man, then asks for him not to die before her. “I'll kill you if you do,” she says. “Also. Can you get a different haircut?”

In another message, she tells her son that demons are feasting on his soul. “They make buffet on your spirit,” she says. “okwellthat'sgreatHappyBirthdaythetrainsheregottogobye,” is Daniel's response.

The New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition saw winners in 15 categories.