Louanne joined Reel Asian in 2009 as a volunteer on the Special Events Committee. Since then, she has taken on the staff roles of Director of Marketing, Managing Director and currently oversees the festival’s sponsorships, grants and finance as the Executive Director. Prior to Reel Asian, Louanne worked in the business development department at Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto and taught English in Taiwan. Louanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in International Business and East Asia from McGill University. Louanne enjoys Stephen Chow comedies, anything with Daniel Wu and can be seen cycling around the city with her Totoro backpack on.
Head of Programmingprogramming@reelasian.com
Kristine Estorninos has been a festival distribution strategist for over five years. Before arriving in Canada, she worked in feature film production and distribution in the Philippines. She worked in film distribution at the Canadian Film Centre, as well as at Ouat Media, where festival strategy was key to earning the company’s films numerous Oscar nominations and wins. Kristine has curated and juried for local and international film festivals, and has been involved with Reel Asian over the years in numerous capacities including special events and programming. She holds masterclasses and presentations about film festival strategy and distribution at various institutions and festivals around the world. To find her at any event, search for the small girl holding up a burger the size of her head.
Festival & Operations Managerchris@reelasian.com
Chris Chin is going into his twelfth festival with Reel Asian, having started out as a Front-of-House volunteer back in 2003. He is an Associate Programmer at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and has worked and volunteered at other festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. In addition to his festival commitments, he has provided event management and operations support to organizations including the Center for Asian American Media (SF), Pride Toronto, and the Canadian Film Centre. Chris sings with choir!choir!choir! and is always up for a night of karaoke.
Philbert has been involved with Reel Asian since 2010. He has worn several hats at the festival as the Marketing Committee Co-chair, Assistant to Volunteer Coordinator, and the Volunteer Coordinator. In the past Philbert has worked with the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Kollaboration Toronto, and the Canadian Film Centre. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at York University where he studied Film and Communication Studies. Philbert is also a graduate of Seneca College’s Social Media Program. Outside of the festival, he deep dives into manga, comic books, basketball, sci-fi, and many other geeky pursuits. #WeTheNorth!
Development Manager & International Programmer, East Asiabetty@reelasian.com
With a background in Cinema Studies and Asia Pacific Studies, Betty started working for Reel Asian in 2013 as the festival’s VIP Guest Service Assistant. Currently, she manages the festival’s membership program and helps to program Chinese language films. When she is not busy working at Reel Asian, she is also an independent filmmaker, making both fiction and documentary films. Her most recent film The Home Promised has traveled to film festivals around the world. Find Betty at the member line-up during the festival, and chat with her about film, food and horoscope.
Amanda has been involved in the Toronto film scene since 2011. She holds a BSc from the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and Human Biology and is currently working towards her MA in Cinema Studied from York University. Amanda began volunteering with TIFF and since then has been involved with most of the major film and performance festivals in the city as both a volunteer and staff including Hot Docs, Reel Asian, Images, Luminato and The Toronto Fringe Festival. She is the former volunteer coordinator for Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and is excited to be working with Reel Asian’s awesome crew of volunteers this year. When not working the festival circuit, she is most likely hanging out on the ice, regardless of the season.
Youth Outreach Coordinatoryouthoutreach@reelasian.com
From a young age Yoko has been interested in films. Being educated at the university level in Panama, America, Japan and England allowed Yoko to explore her love of different cultures and societies through the medium of film and animation. After working for Arts and Culture in Tokyo, she moved to Toronto in 2016, and studied Television and Film Business at Centennial College. As the Youth Outreach Coordinator at Reel Asian Film Festival, Yoko is in a unique and challenging position. Her time in Toronto has given her the inspiration to work on an anime film in conjunction with a scriptwriter from England and has given her the drive and determination to be involved hands on in the Canadian film industry.