18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Sunday, 10 November 2013 20:06
Reel Asian 2013 Festival Award Winners

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film Award
Winner: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (dir. Grace Lee)

For a surprising take on American history as seen through the dynamic life of a 98 year old revolutionary political thinker and presented through a fresh perspective that is not overwhelmed by the monumentality of the subject. For a witty presentation of America’s black history and a youthful appreciation of an inspiring life of ongoing transformation and continued relevance, the Best Feature award goes to American Revolutionary: Grace Lee Boggs by Grace Lee.

REWIND Best Canadian Film or Video Award
Winner: The Silk Road of Pop (dir. Sameer Farooq)

An exuberant documentary that captures the compassion, pride and fierce determination of a young generation that leaves you wanting more.  The jury awards The Silk Road of Pop by Sameer Farooq the prize for best Canadian film.

National Bank Best First Feature Film Award
Winner: The Rocket (dir. Kim Mordaunt)
Honourable Mention: Without Shepherds (dirs. Cary McClelland, Imran Babur)    

The award goes to a visually stunning exploration of a child’s magical world set against the back drop of rural impoverishment and forced migration. With highly skilled direction of non professional actors combined with documentary footage this film presents a visually stunning narrative of a child’s struggle to find a home to call his own. The Best First Feature goes to The Rocket by Kim Mordaunt.

For its compelling mosaic of unforgettable characters living amidst a country struggling to find political and social stability. We, the jury, would like to give the honorable mention as the best first feature, to Cary McClelland and Imran Babur’s Without Shepherds.

Animasian Award
Winner: Banquet of Concubine (dir. Hefang Wei) 

We would like to highlight that we were impressed with the level of craftsmanship and creativity in this category. Choosing the best-animated film was a particularly difficult task. We consider this film to stand out amongst the selection for its unique and an innovative portrayal of a of a country’s history. Superbly well-crafted and innovative we award Best Animation to The Banquet of the Concubine directed by Hefang Wei.

Reel Asian Best Short Film or Video Award
Winner: Letters From Pyongyang (dir. Jason Lee)
Honourable Mention: A Grand Canal (dir. Johnny Ma)

The jury was captured by this filmmaker’s piece, which speaks to us in an incredibly touching way and puts a human face to an important story and tragic piece of history. Breathtaking and well crafted, this documentary tells a moving tale of a family’s journey to reunite with a long-lost family in North Korea. The award for best short goes to Letters from Pyongyang by Jason Lee. 

WIFT-T Award
Winner: My Father Francis (dir. Casey Mecija)

My Father, Francis traces the narrative of the filmmaker's father's life as it has materialized in his remarkable practice as an amateur industrial designer. The objects of his labour are presented as points of contact and collaboration between father and daughter, a relationship between them that is also the experimentation with new forms, just as this work explores a personal narrative that is exciting for a debut filmmaker. It is for this reason that the WIFT-T award that includes a $1200 production pass and one year membership from WIFT-T has been awarded to Casey Mecija to support her future endeavours with the moving image.

Samsung Audience Choice Award
Winner TBA - November 18, 2013

So You Think You Can Pitch - Emerging Filmmaker Category
Winners: Betty Xie and David Wang
So You Think You Can Pitch - Established Filmmaker Category
Winner: Gloria Kim


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