Admission: FREE – open to the public
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cheer on your team! The 10th annual Pitch Competition goes live as finalists duel for incredible prize packages to finish their short films. A launching pad for emerging Asian-Canadian talent, this popular showcase is not to be missed!
Master of Ceremonies: Keith Cole, Performer
Emerging Category Finalists:
Philip Leung, The Suitcase
Amanda Lo & Travis Couch, Beware of Fault Lines
Shivaniya Mulekar, Paradise Lost
Nicole Chung, Switch
Amanda Joy, Phil Borg & Kristina Esposito, The Magpie Bridge
Philip K. Liao, The ABCs
Hiep Vu, Nails
Michael Fukushima, Executive Director, National Film Board of Canada
Albert Shin, Filmmaker
Lisa Valencia Svensson, Producer, Storyline Entertainment
Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984, which is a lot of water under the bridge. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short award. Fukushima became an NFB animation producer in 1997, and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013. He now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in – this year with Oscar®-winners Alison Snowden and David Fine on their first short film in two decades, and on Oscar®-winner Torill Kove’s next short film.
Albert Shin graduated from York University with a B.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2006 and directed his debut feature, POINT TRAVERSE in 2009. In 2014, Albert’s second feature, IN HER PLACE premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at film festivals worldwide. IN HER PLACE went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. Albert was the 2015 recipient of the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist by the Toronto Film Critics Association. In addition to his directorial efforts, Albert was also a producer on Igor Drljaca’s KRIVINA  and THE WAITING ROOM , both of which had worldwide festival acclaim. Together with Igor, they founded the Toronto-based production company TimeLapse Pictures.
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto who has been involved in the industry for over a decade. Her first feature length documentary was Herman’s House, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. Herman’s House was broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV and on documentary channel in Canada. She associate produced several films, including The World Before Her, which have garnered Emmy nominations and Canadian Screen Awards, have been broadcast internationally, and been screened and won awards at festivals including TIFF, Tribeca, Hot Docs and IDFA. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
Master of Ceremonies Bio:
Keith Cole’s artistic practice collides with the interdisciplinary art forms of theatre, dance, film and performance and the intersections that they can create. He has a BFA from York University and a MFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U). As an independent scholar his research work explores gossip, hearsay, rumours, theft, speculation and appropriation within the contemporary art world.