Executive Directordeanna [at] reelasian [dot] com
Originally from Winnipeg, Deanna spent many years volunteering and working in the not-for-profit cultural arts sector in Winnipeg prior to moving to Toronto in 1996. She has sat on the boards of Dreamwalker Dance Company and the Regent Park Film Festival and has participated in various film and arts council juries over the years. Most recently, she was the administrative director at REEL CANADA, and previously served as Reel Asian’s executive director from 2005 to 2008.
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 fifteenth festival with Reel Asian, having started out as a Front-of-House volunteer back in 2003. He has been 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.
Director of Developmentravi [at] reelasian [dot] com
Ravi Sidhu is a seasoned marketer with over 13 years of experience with a specialization in experiential, event production and sponsorship. Graduating with a Masters in Urban Planning & Design, he began his career in communications working overseas for the United Nations. Upon returning to Canada, he shifted his focus to sponsorship and brand engagement, working for various global brands including TD Bank, Absolut Vodka, Nivea, LG, Cadbury Adams, RBC, and General Mills. With strong creative, strategic, analytical and management skills, he has a proven track record of driving success and growth, which has led to over a dozen international awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youth School Tour Coordinatoryouthoutreach [at] reelasian [dot] com
Jason To aka JT aka Jaded Teacher completed an undergrad in political science and education, then later completed a Master’s in Adult Education and Community Development. After working several community organizing positions, Jason sought to work in film and served in the member’s lounge at TIFF — which enabled opportunities such as being a Jury Leader for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and a Pre-screener the following year. As well, they have been a Pre-screener and Development Committee volunteer with Reel Asian, and part of the Program Advisory Committee with the Regent Park Film Festival. Jason is particularly interested in the intersection of film and social justice, whether in subtle or more overt ways, and is inspired by the solidarities shown.