mission statement

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to 10 exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.

Reel Asian gives audiences a chance to see cinematic achievement beyond the genres and directors typically associated with the represented countries – the fest is a cinephile’s must-see – The Globe & Mail

In a city crowded with the celebration of film, [Reel Asian] has matured into one of the best alternative film festivals going – The Toronto Star

Reel Asian proves that East is best – a generous serving of cinematic sensations – Eye Weekly

For the best contemporary films from East and Southeast Asia…this is the place to be – CityTV

Reel Asian is a proud member of the Independent Media Arts Alliance and is committed to paying industry-standard artist fees to artists, filmmakers & curators in all our initiatives.