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Announcing the 2023 Unsung Voices Participants

6 Jun, 2023

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Unsung Voices participants! The Unsung Voices Summer Youth Video Production Workshop will provide young Asian Canadians who have a keen interest in film and media art the chance to express themselves as artists, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story on screen. The films made will receive a world premiere at the 27th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2023. Read more about the selected participants and program mentors below!

Meet the 2023 Cohort

Ashna Ali

Ashna Ali is a Kurdish-Canadian artist, multimedia designer, and activist. She is a co-founder at Anti-Heroine Media, where she foregrounds feminist representation and ethical approaches to storytelling for social change.

Twitter: _ashnaali
Instagram: _ashnaali

Melvin Daligdig

Hi my name is Melvin Daligdig and I am a Filipino multidisciplinary artist specializing in film, photography, stunts and dance in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Instagram: M3lbean

Corinne Langmuir

Corinne Langmuir is a Taiwanese-Canadian writer, filmmaker, and student. With a strong passion for the arts, Corinne’s interest in media has become a vehicle for her creative expression. She is fascinated by the various forms that storytelling can take—whether through literature, film, or internet culture commentaries. Corinne’s past work has been in the realm of dance film. The Unsung Voices program serves as her first experience directing a narrative film with dialogue. Corinne co-created two dance shorts, Zì Jǐ (2020) and Something To Forget Me By (2022), which have gone on to screen at international festivals. The latter film recently won the 2022 Audience Choice Award at F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement). Corinne has also written pieces for various online zines and reviewed films at TIFF for the student-run newspaper, The Varsity. She is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Unsung Voices program and is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow—both personally and professionally.

Twitter: corinnelangmuir
Instagram: corinnelangmuir

Carthy Ngo

Carthy is a Vietnamese-Chinese-Canadian from Southern Ontario who is exploring filmmaking for the first time while working as a speech-language pathologist by day. She is inspired by the stories of love and loss that she has come across through her work and in life, and hopes to provide comfort with her art.

Instagram: carth

Kevin Matthew Wong

Kevin Matthew Wong (he/him) is a Hakka Chinese-Canadian theatre creator, producer, performer, projection designer, and emerging filmmaker whose work blends documentary media with personal and conversational storytelling.

Instagram: kevinmatthewwong

Satrio Prahasto

As an emerging filmmaker based in Toronto, Satrio is interested in how influences from East and Southeast Asian cinemas can not only inform, but also shape how we tell our respective diasporic stories in a North American setting.

Instagram: satrioprahasto

Meet the 2023 Mentors

Christopher Yip

Christopher Yip (he/him) is a Queer Chinese Canadian writer & director based in Toronto whose works examine love, family, and sexuality through a distinct diasporic lens. His latest film FISH BOY had its World Premiere at the BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival and was 1 of 8 projects selected for the Frameline Completion Fund. His series Streams Flow From a River, produced by Fae Pictures, had its International Premiere at the Cannes International Series Festival and its Digital World Premiere at the Canadian Film Fest. It is now streaming on Super Channel, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV in Canada. Christopher is represented by Jennifer Irons at META Talent Agency.

Kenya-Jade Pinto
Photographer & Filmmaker

Kenya-Jade Pinto is an Indo-Kenyan-Canadian storyteller and National Geographic Explorer. Her hyphenated worldview informs her work where she focuses on non-fiction and narrative projects that navigate themes of displacement, belonging, and access to justice.

Twitter: kenyajade
Instagram: kenyajade

Kashif Pasta
Film Director

Kashif Pasta is an award-winning director, writer, and producer using film and storytelling to tell character-driven stories centered on South Asian and Muslims with a sense of joy and wonder.  He is the co-founder of Dunya Media, a production company that empowers filmmakers of color to tell stories with joy, wonder, and purpose, where he recently won the 2022 SXSW Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards – Music Video for producing.  Kashif’s most recent directorial work, the South Asian Muslim sci-fi drama short DESI STANDARD TIME TRAVEL, is currently playing at festivals around the world. He plans to go to camera on his directorial debut feature, LIKE BROTHERS in 2024.

Albert Shin

Albert Shin is an award-winning Korean-Canadian filmmaker, whose work as a director, writer and producer has been featured at major festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), San Sebastian (SSIFF), Locarno and the Berlinale. His work as a writer-director includes his award-winning Korean-language breakout feature, IN HER PLACE (2014), as well as DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL (2019).

In addition, Albert founded the Toronto-based production company, TIMELAPSE PICTURES along with fellow filmmaker, Igor Drljaca. Through the company, he’s produced the features, KRIVINA (2012), THE WAITING ROOM (2015), THE STONE SPEAKERS (2018) and THE WHITE FORTRESS (2020), the last of which was Bosnia-Herzegovina’s selection for the Foreign Language Academy Award in 2021.

Martin Edralin

Martin Edralin is a Filipino-Canadian, Toronto-based filmmaker. His first short film, HOLE (2014), won the Grand Prize at Clermont-Ferrand, jury prizes at Locarno and Seattle, and screened at Sundance, TIFF, and BFI London. His second short, EMMA (2016), was selected in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten and won Best Live Action Short at the Rhode Island IFF. His debut feature, ISLANDS (2021), premiered at SXSW and was awarded Special Jury Recognition.

Renuka Jeyapalan
Film Director

Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. She has directed episodes of SORT OF (HBOMax), WORKIN MOMS(Netflix), GINNY & GEORGIA (Netflix), THE 410 (CBC), and KIM’S CONVENIENCE (CBC). She has also directed the pilots for CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING (Roku) and SON OF A CRITCH(CBC). Recently, she wrapped on the upcoming ABC Signature/Onyx Collective series HOW TO DIE ALONE, created by and starring Natasha Rothwell. Renuka’s short film BIG GIRL (‘05) screened at the Berlinale, Tribeca, and TIFF, where it was awarded Best Short Film. Her other short films include ARRANGED (‘14), A BICYCLE LESSON (‘16), and LIFE SUPPORT (‘19), which screened at TIFF. More recently, she wrote and directed her first feature film, STAY THE NIGHT (‘22), which had its World Premiere at SXSW. Renuka has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.

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