Reel Asian Film Festival 2014 Awards Announced!

Reel Asian, presented by National Bank, announced the award winners of juried feature and short film prizes at an Awards Ceremony and Reception hosted at Momofuku Daisho on November 9, 2014.

The Menkes Audience Award, given to the festival favourite as selected by the audience, will be announced on Tuesday, November 18th.

Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film or Video Award:
MANSHIN: TEN THOUSAND SPIRITS
(Director Park Chan-kyoung, South Korea 2013)

With Manshin, director Park Chan-Kyoung offers a fascinating and ambitious exploration of Korean shamanism, which effortlessly fuses the narrative and documentary forms. The film blends the biographical and the historical, the personal and the collective, the local and the universal, in such a way that it transcends the limits of its subject-matter to embrace larger questions about history and society, and ultimately lends a voice to the inexpressible and the invisible.

CHCH Best Canadian Film or Video Award:
90DAYS (Director Timothy Yeung, Hong Kong/Canada/USA 2013)

90DAYS was selected for its solid direction, remarkable pacing, and compelling performances, all of which played to the specific strengths of short filmmaking. We were drawn into the story from the first scene and touched deeply by the sensitivity in which the director transported us into the world of underground prostitution in Hong Kong.

Honourable Mention: LEFTOVER (Director Daniel Yong, Canada 2014)

National Bank Best First Feature Film Award:
FANDRY (Director Nagraj Manjule, India 2013)

Director Nagrai Manjule perfectly casts a story of a young boy’s growing awareness of being locked into a family of social pariahs; a heart-breaking realization that fate is sometimes stronger than choice.

Animasian Award:
RAINY DAYS (Director Vladimir Leschiov, Canada/Latvia 2014)

The jury would like to note that this year’s animation selection was a challenging task picking only one winner among so many wonderful stories. Ultimately two films stood out for us both with deeply personal and moving tales, told with amazing technique and innovative voice.

Air Canada Best Short Film or Video Award:
All short films and videos are eligible for this prize. Opportunity to broadcast on Air Canada’s international in-flight entertainment movie channel in May 2015. The winners are:

90DAYS (Director Timothy Yeung, Hong Kong/Canada/USA 2013)
WOMAN IN FRAGMENTS (Director Zhou Quan, USA/China/Japan 2013)
THE HOME PROMISED (Director Betty Xie, Canada 2014)
THE BUSY YOUNG PSYCHIC (Director Chen Ho-Yu, Taiwan 2013)
MOONCAKE (Director Francois Yang, France/Switzerland 2014)

WIFT-T Award:
100 CRUSHES: THE TIE (Director Elisha Lim, Canada 2014)

All films made by female GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.

The jury selected this film for the WIFT-T Award because we were moved by the beauty and simplicity of the images and the honesty of the story. The filmmaker’s unique voice came through clearly and strongly. We felt as though we had learned something essential about them, even though we only had two minutes together.

Independent juries comprised of distinguished members of the media arts community selected this year’s award winners. The Features jury included:

  • Samuel Jamier (Co-director, New York Asian Film Festival)
  • Danish Vahidy (Director of Marketing Mongrel Media)
  • Thom Ernst (Film Critic)

The Canadian and Shorts jury included:

  • Sidney Chiu (Producer)
  • Brad Horvath (Sales, BBC Worldwide)
  • Rupal Shah (Producer, Nightswimming Theatre)

Awards Ceremony and Reception pictures and video.