Unsung Voices Class of 2016
Back Row: Iven Tu, Randall Okita (program facilitator), Mike Tian, Ammar Keshodia (program coordinator)
Front Row: Samuel Wong, Jennifer Su, Vivian Or, Sophie Wang, Haaris Qadri
PROGRAMME FACILITATOR – RANDALL OKITA
Reel Asian has followed Randall Okita’s work as it has become progressively more ambitious, exhibited and awarded. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Randall Okita has lived and worked in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto. His visual artworks have been commissioned and shown in group and solo exhibitions. His films have been awarded nationally and internationally, broadcast on television and screened at festivals around the world. Randall is a regular panelist and jury member for film festivals and arts organizations, has participated in the Directors Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, The Berlinale Talent Lab, and the National Screen Institute’s Diverse Director Program. He is also an active member of the film community dedicated to exposing youth and young adults to filmmaking and cultivating the advancement of fellow filmmakers at all levels of experience. Randall was the Canadian Spotlight Artist for the 2015 Reel Asian Film Festival.
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR – AMMAR KESHODIA
Ammar Keshodia is a Pakistani-Canadian-British filmmaker. He was born in London, England and grew up around the world in countries such as Pakistan, Canada, Russia, U.A.E. and South Africa. With an interest in photography and design, he began exploring cinematography, writing, and directing in his first year of university. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Cinema Studies. Ammar was a member of the 2015 class of Unsung Voices where he wrote and directed Ayano In The Forest, which premiered at the 2015 Reel Asian Film Festival.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES YOUTH VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP will provide young Asian Canadians with a keen interest in film the necessary skills to express themselves as artists, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story.
Select Asian Canadian youth, who may otherwise not be have the opportunity to engage in filmmaking, will be provided the means for producing their own film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (fiction, documentary, experimental). Each work will be produced with fellow workshop participants and within the community. The entire video collection will receive a world premiere at the 20th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2016 and may be considered for additional national and international screenings.
Congratulations to the #UnsungVoices Class of 2016! Good luck!
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