BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Austin Wong
Chair

Austin is an entertainment lawyer, producer, writer and director. He has worked at such companies as Lions Gate Films, Rhombus Media and Nelvana, and is currently Director of Business & Legal Affairs for DHX Media which produces such shows as Degrassi, Teletubbies and My Little Pony. He was a producer of Bruce McDonald’s feature film This Movie is Broken and was Associate Producer for such feature films as Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness starring Julianne Moore, and Paul Gross’s Passchendaele. He also wrote and directed a short film funded by BravoFact called Gaysian.

Jennifer Shin
Vice-Chair

Jennifer Shin is a film and television producer based in Toronto and is set to launch a scripted division (film & television)  and oversee strategy on unscripted at Banger Films as their Head of Content.  Projects she has produced include the feature film Mouthpiece, based on the Dora Award-winning stage production and directed by Patricia Rozema, and Rebecca Addelman’s debut feature, Paper Year. Previously, she worked at First Generation Films’ as VP of Feature Film, where she oversaw the development and production slate of their projects, through all phases of development, production and post-production. She is very active in the film community supporting emerging filmmakers through programs like the Canadian Film Centre, TIFF Studio, and NSI’s Features First.

Eric Ho
Treasurer

Eric Ho is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Investment Manager with a career in Financial Services. As a Director in Scotiabank’s Global Wealth Management Audit Department, he leads a team in assessing various risks and controls across the Wealth business units. Prior to Scotiabank, he worked at various financial institutions including Barclays Global Investors and Macquarie Private Wealth and achieved his CA designation at Ernst and Young.  In September 2020, Eric joined the Board in the capacity as Treasurer

Nara Moon
Secretary

Nara is Claims Counsel at Liberty International Underwriters, a division of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, in the Specialty Casualty Claims Department. She handles a wide-range of management and professional liability claims and litigation and works with the Underwriting Department and external counsel to resolve complex coverage issues. Before joining Liberty, Nara worked as an associate lawyer at a litigation boutique in downtown Toronto. Nara has also served on Reel Asian’s Programming Committee since 2015.

Yung Chang

Yung Chang is a multi-award-winning filmmaker known for Up the Yangtze. Reel Asian has been a lifelong supporter of his career and he is honoured to be on the Board of Directors. Chang is a member of the DGC, WGC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Find out more here.

Sidney Chiu

With a focus on films with international appeal, Sidney Chiu’s credits include LOVE JACKED a Canada South African romantic comedy coproduction starring Amber West and Keith David. COCONUT HERO a Canada German coproduction with Six Island Productions and UFA Fiction, BANG BANG BABY starring Jane Levy, and Peter Stormare for Scythia Films . Sidney was also the PM on a mandarin romantic comedy FINDING MR RIGHT, which grossed over 80 Million USD. THREE DAYS IN HAVANA starring Gil Bellows directed by Tony Pantages and Gil Bellows, shot in Havana Cuba with E1 distributing in Canada. Sidney’s first produced feature entitled A NIGHT FOR DYING TIGERS written / directed by Terry Miles premiered at TIFF in 2012.

Sidney has also served on Reel Asian’s 2015 Features Jury, 2014 Canadian and Shorts Jury, and participated on Industry panels sharing his expertise on co-productions and pitching.

Agnes Lan

Agnes is the director of business development at Change Connect and recently joined the Reel Asian board in 2019. Described as influential and inspirational by her clients and peers, Agnes Lan helps organizations grow through change.

With degrees from the University of Toronto, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Harvard Business School, her passion for learning contributes to numerous professional designations as a Professional Engineer, Lean Black Belt Professional and ADKAR Change Management Practitioner.

Agnes has also been recognized as Community Builder 2018, by Professional Services Firm. Her work is recognized by Employer Excellence 2018 from the Markham Board of Trade and most recent, Talent Magnet of the Year 2019 from the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Tamara Shannon

As Vice President of Media for Universal Pictures, Tamara is responsible for all of the advertising and promotional initiatives for the studio’s theatrical slate. Recent releases include Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7 and Minions. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Tamara Shannon was Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at Entertainment One where she led the strategic marketing initiatives for a diverse group of studio and independent film products including The Twilight Saga, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Gnomeo and Juliet.

FESTIVAL ADVISORY

Nobu Adilman
Karla Bobadilla
Jennifer Chen
Linda Fong
Michael Fukushima

Richard Fung
Colin Geddes
Carolynne Hew
Diang Iu
Anita Lee

Helen Lee
Sally Lee
Keith Lock
Winnie Luk
Joanna Miles

Kerri Sakamoto
Ana Serrano
Victoria Shen
Alice Shih

CHAIR EMERITUS & FOUNDER

Anita Lee

LEGACY CIRCLE

CO-FOUNDER

Andrew Sun

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Elaine Chang
Kwoi Gin
Richard Kim
Cheuk Kwan
Du-Yi Leu
Pablo de Ocampo
Simon Racioppa
Elliot Richmond
Bobby Sahni
Evelyn Siu
Philip Tsui
Danish Vahidy
Bob Wang
Immanuel Lanzaderas

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Grace Bai
Sally Lee
Alka Sharma
Caroline Sin
Sonia Sakamoto-Jog

FOUNDING STAFF

Ann Chiu
Shelly Hong

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