The 2015 Reel Asian® Festival Awards will be presented at the Industry Awards Reception on Sunday, November 8th, 2015.
MENKES AUDIENCE AWARD
All feature films are eligible for this prize
$2,000 cash prize
FASKEN MARTINEAU BEST FEATURE FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All feature works are eligible for this prize
$2,000 cash prize
CHCH BEST CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO AWARD
All Canadian works are eligible for this prize
$500 cash prize
NATIONAL BANK BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM AWARD
All first feature films are eligible for this prize
$500 cash prize
All animated films and videos are eligible for this prize
$500 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 in 2015.
All films made by female GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.
$1,200 programming pass, one-year membership from WIFT-T
TRUTH TO POWER DOCUMENTARY AWARD
All feature-length documentary films are eligible for this prize $750 cash prize
2015 INTERNATIONAL JURY
James Heron has been the Executive Director of Toronto’s Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre since 2000. He also founded and co-programs for the Toronto Japanese Film Festival and writes film reviews for Nikkei Voice and Bento Box Magazine. He is the president of the Chado Urasenke Tea Society of Toronto, holds a 2 dan in kendo and lived in Japan for 11 years. His wife Masayo is from Kagoshima and is still trying to forgive him for Canadian winters.
Nicole Mendes has spent the past six years working in Commissioned and Scripted Programming at the CBC. As Executive in Charge of Production for the Drama Department, she oversees projects in both production and development for dramatic one-hour series, limited series, miniseries, movies of the week and specials. She currently works on the beloved program Murdoch Mysteries, and most recently worked on the hit series, The Book of Negroes.
A producer that focuses on films with international appeal, Sidney Chiu’s credits include: Coconut Hero, Three Days in Havana, and Bang Bang Baby, which recently won the TIFF 2014 award for Best Canadian First Feature. Chiu also worked on Edko Film’s Mandarin romantic comedy Finding Mr. Right starring Tang Wei with director Xue Xiaolu, and producers Mathew Tang and Shan Tam, which has grossed over US$80-million in China according to Hollywood Reporter.
2015 CANADIAN JURY
A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab, Lea Marin joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006. Her recent film credits include My Prairie Home which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and The Portrait, directed by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis, which premiered on the BBC and won Golden Sheaf awards for Best Director and Best Documentary (Arts & Culture) in 2012.
Elisha Lim is a queer and transgendered artist whose goal is to effect social change. Elisha works through printed matter and video. Their work strives to investigate social issues around race, gender and sexuality by popularizing creative alternatives (for example, the gender-neutral pronoun “they”). They have exhibited art and videos internationally, have lectured on race representation and gender neutral pronouns on panels, artist talks and United Nations conferences, and directed Montréal’s first Racialized Pride Week in 2012.
Grace Lynn Kung
A Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Leading Comedic Actress, Grace Lynn Kung has studied in England and Canada. She is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (Chancellor’s Trophy recipient), York University (two time awardee – Award for Acting) and holds two Certifi- cates of Distinction for Speech and Drama from Trinity College London in the United Kingdom.
2015 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 currently works at various courthouses and locations around the city, providing support to the duty counsel program. Before moving to the public sector, Immanuel worked at a union-side labour and employment firm in downtown Toronto. He is a founding member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and served on their board of directors for five years. In his spare time, Immanuel plays as much tennis as he can. He is a fan of Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema.
Victoria Shen is a human rights and labour lawyer. She has worked with a range of union, non-profit, advocacy, government, and arts organizations. She has volunteered extensively in the Asian community. Notably, she was a board member of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival from 2008-2014. She is a current board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and previously President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter.