Executive Director (on leave)louanne [at] reelasian [dot] com
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.
Interim Executive Directorsavine [at] reelasian [dot] com
Savine is excited to be joining the team as the Interim Executive Director, where she will be responsible for overseeing the festival’s partnerships, development, finance, and general growth. For the last 10 years, Savine has been working in the entertainment financing and programming space, including as part of the entertainment financing teams at National Bank of Canada in Toronto and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, as well as programming teams at the Toronto International Film Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in finance and languages from Queen’s University and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Outside of films, Savine spends her time thinking, reading and consuming all things related to food.
Head of Programmingprogramming [at] reelasian [dot] 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 [at] reelasian [dot] 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.
Marketing Managerhenry [at] reelasian [dot] com
Henry is an event and marketing professional who is no stranger to the festival world. He has been working with Reel Asian since 2009 where his roles include Special Events Chair, Industry Series Assistant, Marketing Coordinator, and Stage Manager for So You Think You Can Pitch. Previously he produced the Rockie Awards for the Banff World Media Festival and ran volunteer programs for the Canadian Film Fest and Planet in Focus. In addition to Reel Asian, Henry is also the Festival Director of Toronto Youth Shorts, a local film festival that spotlights work by local young filmmakers. You can likely find Henry at a karaoke bar or anywhere that serves a good ice coffee.
Development Manager & International Programmer, East Asiabetty [at] reelasian [dot] com
Betty is a fundraiser, programmer and filmmaker. She joined the Reel Asian family in 2013 when she made her first fiction short film Girlfriends through the Unsung Voices Summer Production Program. Subsequently, her short documentary The Home Promised won the “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition (emerging category) at the 2013 festival. Currently, she programs East Asian features for Reel Asian and oversees fundraising initiatives year-round. She is also part of the TIFF Docs programming team.
Community Outreach & Development Assistantkat [at] reelasian [dot] com
Kat is a multimedia artist and OCAD University student with a passion for diverse storytelling. In the past, Kat has interned with Corus Entertainment and The Art Gallery of Mississauga within the realm of community outreach. This year, she conducted her thesis body of work around mixed-race Asian identity and joined the Reel Asian team to further her research in preparation for OCAD’s 104th Grad Exhibition (2019) and to collaborate within a community that activates platforms to nurture diversity. Kat’s work has been shown at Long Winter Arts, various OCAD University student exhibitions, and Point 5 Magazine.
Volunteer Coordinatorvolunteer [at] reelasian [dot] com
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.
Submissions Coordinatorhanako [at] reelasian [dot] com
Hanako first joined the team at Reel Asian as Guest Services Coordinator, and is now taking on the role of Submissions Coordinator. Most recently, Hanako was the Conference Coordinator at the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival, where her responsibilities included programming and introducing panels at the five day Industry Conference. Other festival roles include working as Submissions Assistant at TIFF for two years, and programming for Show Me Shorts Film Festival in New Zealand since 2015. With a background in Art History and Museum studies, Hanako has also worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She holds a Masters degree in Arts Management from AUT University in New Zealand.
Reel Ideas Producerjasmine [at] reelasian [dot] com
Jasmine Gui (@jaziimun) is a Singaporean-born interdisciplinary artist, living and working in Tkaronto. She is the founder of Project 40 Collective and managing editor at LooseLeaf magazine. Her work includes a chapbook, poetry EP, and writing featured in The Spectatorial, Panorama Journal, Hart House Review amongst others. She did her MA in English, Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and loves programming for community initiatives across different art mediums. Outside of the arts, she is widely known as a tea lady.
Communications Assistantabby [at] reelasian [dot] com
Abby is an emerging visual artist and community arts organizer based in Toronto. Sculptural drawings, paper cut-outs, and paintings are her main mediums to explore the micro and macro effects of nostalgia. She is the Artistic Director of Project 40 Collective and Managing Editor of LooseLeaf Magazine. Abby is a recent graduate from OCAD University and has previously done communications for Ontario Culture Days.
Development Associaterebecca [at] reelasian [dot] com
Rebecca has been involved with Reel Asian at various capacities since 2013 as an intern, marketing committee member, and artist. This year, Rebecca takes on the Development Assistant role where she assists with individual giving and the membership program. Rebecca recently graduated at the University of Toronto and has worked at other organizations including the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Wavelength Music Series, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Outside of the festival, you can catch Rebecca at the park, doodling in her notebook, or at a concert.
Programming Coordinatorkelly [at] reelasian [dot] com
At any point, you can probably find Kelly with a camera on hand. She resonates with both photography and film as an active medium and accessible space to reclaim archive and documentation. She is a graduate from the Masters of Environmental Studies program at York University with research on placemaking, spaces of intimacy, citizenship and storytelling through food. Her favourite food is any kind of noodle soup.
Youth Outreach Coordinatoryouthoutreach [at] reelasian [dot] 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.
Programmer of South Asia
Dilani Rabindran is the Founder & Managing Director of the Viewfinder Film Consulting company, an international firm dedicated to taking quality South Indian films around the world. Operating out of both Toronto, Canada and Chennai, India she represents and consults on films from the Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu languages. She got her start in film after completing her MBA at McMaster University and joining the Toronto International Film Festival in project funding and South Asian programming. She is also a well known film critic and columnist within South Asian media and hosts a popular podcast called “1 By 2”, where she interviews desi artists from around the world, exclusively for Raaga.com. Dilani is Reel Asian’s International Programmer in charge of South Asia.
Madge was born in Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. She majored in Journalism at Shih-Hsin University and came to Canada to develop her career further. She is currently studying at Humber College in the Art Administration and Cultural Management program. Her recent projects include planning the Taoyuan International Airport Public Art, coordinating the history of Soochow University Art Centre exhibitions, and the FoodModesty Talk in Toronto. She is interested in the interactions between film, audience, and space in the different societies.