18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Monday, 14 November 2011 01:16
2011 Award Winners

Congrats to all the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® award winners!

ANIMASIAN AWARD

IN A PIG'S EYE, Dir. Atsushi Wada

With a hand-drawn aesthetic, the characters were charming, playful, and whimsically nonsensical. The narrative reveals slices of life and/or cold cuts of a quirky family and their gigantic pig. The animation which has impeccable timing, features enigmatic characters who seem both oddly confused yet deliberate in their motivations. The filmmaker holds us captive in his imaginary world.

-All animated films and videos are eligible for this prize

-$500 cash prize

HONORABLE MENTION:
SKETCHI, Dir. Lily Sun.
Sweet, humourous, and perfect in its simplicity. The film is visually adorable, and self-reflective in animation's ability to bring something to life, in this case, back to life. It's the story of a girl reconnecting with the memory of her dog through her own drawings. The film is both light-hearted and touching.


FASKEN MARTINEAU BEST FEATURE FILM OR VIDEO AWARD

BUDDHA MOUNTAIN, Dir. Li Yu

In a film about the power of perseverance and the complexities of inter-generational, this stunning narrative represents the best in global Asian cinema: master storytelling with a daring and distinct voice. Set in China after the 2008 earthquake, Director Li Yu focues on the daily lives of some of the most riveting and charming characters in recent cinema.

-All feature works are eligible for this prize
-$2,000 cash prize


NATIONAL BANK BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM AWARD

THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN, Dir. Park Jungbum

In this raw and moving story of a quiet North Korean refugee we follow one man's struggle to find his way in a new environment. The jury selected this film because of its honest and inspiring protagonist and the enduring spirit of survival.

-All first feature films are eligible for this prize

-$500 cash prize


MOVIEOLA BEST SHORT FILM OR VIDEO AWARD

A WINTER SONG (UNE CHANSON D'HIVER), Dir. Aonan Yang

The winner of this award is an intimate, quiet film. The director takes a familiar story of hardship and struggle and tells it with remarkable sensitivity. With its measured pacing and restrained performances, the film evokes the fragility of life with both melancholy and hope.

-All short films and videos are eligible for this prize
-$500 cash prize
-Opportunity for broadcast on Movieola


NFB BEST CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO AWARD

MUYBRIDGE STRINGS (LES CORDES DE MUYBRIDGE), Dir. Koji Yamamura

With exquisite artistry, the film takes the revolutionary work of sequential photography known for its historical and empirical value, and weaves them into a stunning tumultuous narrative. Through the time-based medium of animation, the film explores the essence of time, motion, musical rhythm and artistic expression.

-All Canadian works are eligible for this prize
-$1,500 cash prize


WIFT-T AWARD

THE SUGARBOWL, Dir. Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson

This beautifully shot documentary captures personal accounts of a bygone era within the context of local and global political change. It highlights the evolving relationships of people with land through compelling stories. The multiple perspectives reveal the complexities of preserving the past and the precariousness of what the future may bring.

 

-All films made by female GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.
-$1,200 programming pass, one-year membership and mentorship from WIFT-T
-$1,000 in equipment rental from Videoscope, and 15% off rentals for one full year

 

REEL ASIAN AUDIENCE AWARD

JUMP ASHIN!, Dir. Lin Yu-hsien

-All feature films at the festival are eligible for this prize
-$2,000 cash prize

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PITCH? WINNERS

EMERGING CATEGORY: Stephanie Law, LITTLE MISS JIHAD

ESTABLISHED CATEGORY: Keith Lock, THE MAGIC CHARM

Click here for full details regarding the pitch awards.