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.
Programming & Education Consultantaram@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.
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 recent graduate of Seneca College’s Social Media Program. Outside of the festival, he deep dives into manga, comic books, basketball, stop-motion animation, and many other geeky pursuits. #WeTheNorth!
Development & International Programming Associatebetty@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.
Programming & Events Coordinatormilica@reelasian.com
Mili Dodic has been working in the film industry for over 4 years, ranging from festival and awards work to film distribution. She has worked with many Canadian film organizations and companies, including Ouat Media, Mongrel Media, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Her education and love for Asian cinema and culture has led to her involvement with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival as a special event captain for 3 years, before taking on the role of Event Coordinator, and subsequently Programming Coordinator. Her passion for food and languages (she speaks English, French, and Serbian fluently, with some conversational Korean) has definitely translated over to her success in the festival’s community. In her time outside of the festival, she can be found doing the exact same things: watching countless pan-Asian films (and K-dramas), exploring delicious cuisines, and being a hostess with the mostess, with an added nail art business.
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.
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). Since then, she has held various roles at the festival, coordinating Development, Special Events, Industry Series, Pitch Competition, and Youth Outreach. Stephanie holds a B.F.A. Honours in Film Production and Screenwriting from York University, and has worked for Women in Film and Television – Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, and several Toronto-based film production companies. She is currently developing several film projects and scripts of her own.
Industry Events Stewardammar.email@example.com
Ammar Keshodia is a British-born Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Cinema Studies. Ammar was part of the 2015 class of the Unsung Voices summer video production program where he wrote and directed Ayano In The Forest, which premiered at the 2015 Reel Asian Film Festival. This year he served as a member of the short films programming committee for TIFF 2016, in addition to running the Unsung Voices Programme during the summer.
Gina has been with Reel Asian from 2008 initially as a volunteer then as a Volunteer Coordinator for the next 5 years. She
has been involved as a member of the programming committee since then and has joined Reel Asian this year as the
Accreditation Coordinator. In addition to Reel Asian, she worked and volunteered at other festivals including TIFF, Toronto After Dark Film Festival and Luminato. She is also an experienced interpreter and translator with Reel Asian, Hot Docs and Images Festival. Gina has found joy in parenting by dressing up her toddler daughter in different costumes and going on walks to catch Pokemon.
This is Ankita’s first year with Reel Asian. She is one of the Marketing Interns and is also part of the festival’s Marketing Committee as the South Asian Community Ambassador. Ankita is in her thesis year at the Ontario College of Arts and Design University for Integrated Media (BFA). As a practising artist she creates documentaries exploring themes of personal experience, human relationships and conversations. She is currently working to publish a collection of poems with an addiction of travelling and coffee.