Filmmaker Update: Althea Balmes

MinSookLeeLabourArtsAwardGala

Congratulations to Althea!  The Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts has selected Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love to receive the 2014 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award for Artists who have captured the values of labour and social justice in their work. […]

Alvis Choi & Althea Balmes at Mayworks

On now through May 15, the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts celebrates its 29th season at venues throughout the city. Alvis Choi and Althea Balmes both served on Reel Asian’s programming committee in 2013 and they have […]

Thank you National Bank for supporting Reel Asian’s Youth Programmes!

Did you know that last year at our festival, National Bank donated $1 for every bag of popcorn purchased? In total, National Bank contributed $500 through their One for Youth program, which will go towards Reel Asian’s Youth Initiatives such […]

Reel Asian celebrates AHM! Interview w/ Albert Zablan and Althea Balmes

Time for the final interview of our Asian Heritage Month School Tour filmmakers series. Last week I sat down to chat with Albert and Althea after dim sum and we covered everything from Deadliest Warrior, suman and of course their filmmaking experience […]

Asian moviemakers take on T24 challenge

The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival was born out of a school assignment former Reel Asian Marketing/Industry/Events staff Henry Wong created 5 years ago. This festival focuses on and highlights work by young filmmakers between the ages of 14-28. The […]

Surreal Experiences of a First Time Filmmaker

The following is written by Unsung Voices Filmmaker, Althea Balmes (who also won the WIFT-T Award at Reel Asian for Suman Ladies). As I write this, I’m on the College streetcar on my way to The Royal to catch The […]

What to Watch at the 16th Reel Asian Film Festival?

I know trying to navigate a festival’s programme can be intimidating and it’s easier if someone can recommend you flicks based on specific preferences. Our staff members give their take on what films to choose based on different criteria. GALAS […]

Youth Summer Workshop update: Cycle, Suman Ladies, Something

While the Youth Summer Video Production Workshop heads into its final stretch of shooting, now’s a fine time to highlight the stirling ladies in the group. The midnight oil was burning on Lisa Qiu’s Something last weekend. Her Director of […]