Festival Staff

Sonia Sakamoto-Jog

Sonia Sakamoto-Jog

Executive Director (on leave)

sonia@reelasian.com

Sonia joined Reel Asian as Executive Director in May of 2009 after graduating from the MBA program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to being hired at Reel Asian, she worked at Maximum Films International (now a division of Entertainment One) where she was involved in all aspects of acquisitions, marketing, and sales. Her previous experience includes two years working as a strategy consultant for a branding agency in Tokyo, and contracts with both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Sonia joined Reel Asian as a volunteer in 2006.

Loanne Chan

Louanne Chan

Interim Executive Director

louanne@reelasian.com

Louanne joined Reel Asian as the Director of Marketing in 2010.  Louanne oversees the Festival’s marketing campaign, outreach, community partnerships, media sponsorships, marketing committee, online communications and publicity strategies. Prior to Reel Asian, Louanne worked in the development department at Toronto’s Ronald McDonald house for 4 years and taught English in Taiwan. Louanne completed her Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University where she specialized in International Management in East Asia. Louanne volunteered on the Reel Asian special events committee in 2009-2010. Louanne enjoys sewing and can be seen cycling around the city with her Totoro backpack on.

Kristine Estorninos

Kristine Estorninos

Head of Programming

programming@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.

Aram Collier

Aram Collier

Director of Programming & Education

aram@reelasian.com

Aram Siu Wai Collier is a San Francisco native and has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from the University of California at Santa Cruz and York University respectively. He has been involved with Reel Asian since 2005 in numerous capacities specializing in programming, industry and commissioning projects. Aram has also worked or volunteered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and ImagineNative. He has a background in documentary post production, editing a pair of documentaries broadcast nationally in the United States. His own work has played festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. In the summer time Aram can be found barking orders to his two softball teams.

Hema Ramsingh

Hema Ramsingh

Director of Marketing (contract)

hema@reelasian.com

Hema joined Reel Asian as the Director of Marketing in 2014 and brings with her over 10 years of marketing & brand strategy experience, including previous roles at Corus Entertainment, Astral Television, and The Walt Disney Company (Canada). She was a member of Reel Asian’s 2013 volunteer Marketing Committee.
Hema will be responsible for overseeing the Festival’s marketing campaign, community partnerships, media sponsorships, publicity & outreach strategies and online communications. When she’s not at Reel Asian, you can often find Hema baking, eating or dreaming of her next trip.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Operations Manager

chris@reelasian.com

Chris Chin is going into his eleventh 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.

Eva Ho

Eva Ho

Marketing Coordinator

eva@reelasian.com

Eva joined Reel Asian back in 2010 as the Festival Intern and has been involved in numerous roles since then. She is thrilled to be back as Marketing Assistant this year and to also be co-chairing Reel Asian’s Marketing Committee. Eva holds a B.A. Honours in Radio and Television Media Arts from Ryerson University and likes to think of herself as a emerging storyteller artist/filmmaker. In the past, her work has been featured live on MTV Canada as well as CFC’s A World of Shorts programme.

Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Industry Series Assistant & Events Coordinator

stephanie@reelasian.com

Stephanie has been involved with Reel Asian since 2011 when her short film, Little Miss Jihad, won the festival’s So You Think You Can Pitch? competition (emerging category).  Starting as Youth Outreach Coordinator in 2012, she’s happy to be assisting with Sponsorship/Development, Special Events Committee, Industry Series, and Youth Outreach in her new role as Festival Coordinator for the 2013 festival.  Stephanie holds a B.F.A. Honours in Film Production and Screenwriting from York University, and has worked for several Toronto-based film/tv production companies.  She is currently developing several feature and TV scripts of her own.

Myung-Sun Kim

Myung-Sun Kim

Programming Coordinator

myungsun@reelasian.com

ung-Sun Kim completed a BFA in Sculpture & Installation at the Ontario College of Art & Design (2005), and a MFA in the Visual Arts Program at York University (2009). Her work playfully explores everyday objects and spaces, dealing with issues of aesthetics, functionality, intervention, survival, and architecture. She is a recipient of Dr.Eugene A. Poggetto Award, MST Bronze Sculpture Award, Sculpture Installation Faculty Award, and Graduate Entrance Scholarship to York University. She has exhibited across North America, and completed an artist residency at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. She has collaborated and worked on various exhibitions including WORKshop Inc., Dreamwalker Dance Co., Post-Commodity, Barbara Astman Studio, and YYZ.

Jennie Ho

Festival Intern

jennie@reelasian.com

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jennie came to Toronto in hopes of meeting amazing new people and eating everything Toronto has to offer. Jennie is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology at York University. She has been involved with the community since high school and was featured in her community newspaper along with her group members, for their take on the anti-bullying campaign – Pink Day. As the result of one of Jennie’s biggest accomplishments, she was invited to go on the radio with the current BC Premier, Christy Clark.

Betty Xie

Development Assistant

betty@reelasian.com

A recent graduate from Cinema Studies and Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto, Betty has a keen interest in Chinese Cinema, Asian diaspora films and documentaries. She has previously interned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema Film Series, volunteered for  Reel Asian’s Marketing Committee and worked for Reel Asian in 2013 as VIP Guest Services Assistant.
As an emerging filmmaker, Betty has written and directed the short film Girlfriends which screened at the 2013 Reel Asian Film Festival and 2014 Reel World Film Festival. Currently, she is directing and co-producing the documentary The Home Promised.

Philbert Lui

Volunteer Coordinator

philbert@reelasian.com

Philbert has been involved with Reel Asian since 2009. He has since been a member of the festival’s Marketing Committee before becoming the co-chair last year. Philbert holds a B.A. Honours in Film Studies and Communication Studies from York University. In the past he has worked with organizations such as the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, the Canadian Film Centre, and Kollaboration Toronto. His own work has played at festivals around Toronto and is currently developing his first graphic novel. Philbert is also an avid fan of live music, especially those of the rock persuasion.

Mike Tijoe

Mike Tjioe

Festival Photography Coordinator

mike@reelasian.com

Mike Tjioe joined the Reel Asian team in 2011 after being involved as a photographer throughout the 2011 festival. Graduating from York/Sheridan Joint Design Honours Program in 2008, he comes to Reel Asian with graphic / web design experience at Research In Motion and Sheridan College. Mike also freelances/moonlights as a professional photographer.

Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau

Richmond Hill Event Captain & Transportation Coordinator

jessie@reelasian.com

Jessie is a currently a fourth-year student at University of Toronto majoring in Books and Media Studies and minoring in Cinema Studies and Political Science. She became involved with Reel Asian after volunteering at the festival in 2011. Between doing school work and attending film screenings, Jessie can be spotted photographing concerts around Toronto. Jessie will be overseeing the Richmond Hill weekend film festival this year