The 2016 Reel Asian® Festival Awards will be presented at the Awards Reception at our 20th anniversary festival, which runs from November 8th to the 19th.
2016 Festival Awards
MENKES AUDIENCE AWARD
All feature films are eligible for this prize.
$4,000 cash prize.
FASKEN MARTINEAU BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD
All feature works are eligible for this prize.
$4,000 cash prize.
NATIONAL BANK BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM AWARD
All first feature films are eligible for this prize.
$2500 cash prize.
CENTENNIAL BEST CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All Canadian works are eligible for this prize.
$1000 cash prize.
All animated films and videos are eligible for this prize. $1000 cash prize.
AIR CANADA SHORT FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All Canadian short films and videos are eligible for this prize. Opportunity to broadcast on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment screens on international flights.
DGC ONTARIO & WIFT-T FILM AWARD
All films made by female Ontario-based artists are eligible for this prize. $1000 cash prize and a $1200 programming pass and one-year membership from WIFT-T.
TRUTH TO POWER DOCUMENTARY AWARD
All feature-length documentary films are eligible for this prize. $1000 cash prize.
2016 FEATURES JURY
Shu Kei is a Hong Kong film director and screenwriter, best known for the 1990 film Sunless Days (沒有太陽的日子), a documentary exploring the Tiananmen Square massacre and its influence on the people of Hong Kong in the days preceding the 1997 handover of the city to the People’s Republic of China. Currently, he is the Dean of Film and Television at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Jongsuk Thomas Nam
Jongsuk Thomas Nam joined the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in 2007. He is currently the managing director of BiFan’s film industry program, Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). He has served as a jury and a film industry speaker in numerous film festivals and conferences, including Sitges, Berlin, Hawaii, Warsaw, Vesoul, TIFFCOM, Yubari, Fantastic Fest-Austin TX, IFX-Philippines, EARS in Helsinki, Tallinn Industry Days, ScreenSingapore and is an avid karaoke fan.
Marcia Douglas is the Director of Business Affairs & Digital Initiatives of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), Canada’s leading trade association for independent producers. She brings extensive experience and a broad knowledge of the Canadian media landscape and the production and financing of projects across all platforms.
2016 SHORTS JURY
Vikas Kohli is the Artistic Director of Bollywood Monster Mashup (the largest South Asian festival in Canada) and Monster Rock Orchestra (People’s Choice Award Mississauga). His award-winning contributions include, Mission Istaanbul performed live at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), and two Bollywood albums with Mika Singh.
Adam Shamoon is the founding director of the DOC Institute, an initiative of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter, which provides a hub for nonfiction professionals to learn business skills, hone their craft and make industry connections. Learn more at www.docinstitute.com.
Eileen Arandiga is the former Festival Director of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, a festival she was associated with for over 10 years in various capacities. Eileen has run film and video workshops for young women in Toronto, has sat on festival juries and has been a guest speaker at festivals around the world.
2016 DOCUMENTARY JURY
Karla Bobadilla is an entertainment and media lawyer, practicing primarily in film, television and new media rights acquisition, production and distribution/exploitation. Previously, she worked at the Canadian Media Production Association providing policy, regulatory, government relations, strategic planning, advocacy and lobby work. Before the CMPA, Karla was in-house legal counsel at Astral Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund. Karla is also the former Chair of the Board of Reel Asian and is currently a Board Member of WorkInCulture which supports the HR and development needs of Ontario’s arts and cultural community.
Immanuel Lanzaderas is a bilingual criminal lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario. He is a founding member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and served on their board of directors for five years. Immanuel enjoys tennis, and Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema.
Victoria Shen is a human rights and labour lawyer. She works at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) as Director, National Industrial Relations and Counsel. She is a former board member of FACL and President of CCNCTO. She was a board member of Reel Asian from 2008-2014.
Linda Chen is a Toronto-area lawyer, and a friend of the festival.
2016 PITCH JURY
Lisa Valencia-Svennson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto. Her first feature length documentary Herman’s House won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Her second feature Migrant Dreams was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. 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.
Michael Fukushima is an award-winning filmmaker and producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned Animation Studio. He has been making films since 1984, which is a lot of water under the bridge. Fukushima co-founded the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002. He 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.
Kattie Fan is dedicated to integrating theoretical knowledge with artistic and technical skills to create art experiences for people and gain a wider vision in life. Currently she is the festival director of ifva (www.ifva.com) – an event organized by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and one of the most established short film and media art awards festivals in the region. She is also a co-founder of art.ware – an independent curatorial initiative focusing on the promotion of moving images and new media art in Hong Kong since 2010.