Originally from Winnipeg, Deanna spent many years volunteering and working in the not-for-profit cultural arts sector in Winnipeg prior to moving to Toronto in 1996. She has sat on the boards of Dreamwalker Dance Company and the Regent Park Film Festival and has participated in various film and arts council juries over the years. Most recently, she was the administrative director at REEL CANADA, and previously served as Reel Asian’s executive director from 2005 to 2008.
Aram Siu Wai Collier
Acting Head of Programmingprogramming@reelasian.com
Aram is a filmmaker, educator, and film festival programmer. Based in Toronto, Aram is a mixed race Asian Canadian/American (Chinese and English/Dutch/German) and a San Francisco native who has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from the University of California at Santa Cruz and York University respectively.
Programming & Strategic Consultant
Roger Garcia is former Executive Director and is currently an advisor of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and the Asian Film Awards Academy. He served as Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government, and has been a jury member, consultant, programmer, and advisor to many international film festivals in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including Berlin, Bucheon, Hong Kong, Locarno, Manila, San Francisco, Turin, Venice, the Udine Far East Film Festival, and the first ASEAN film awards in Vietnam. His writings on film have been published extensively by Asiaweek, the British Film Institute, Cahiers du cinéma, Far Eastern Economic Review, Film Comment, and Variety, among others. He was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2018.
Director of Developmentravi@reelasian.com
Ravi Sidhu is a seasoned marketer with over 13 years of experience with a specialization in experiential, event production, and sponsorship. Graduating with a Masters in Urban Planning & Design, he began his career in communications working overseas for the United Nations. Upon returning to Canada, he shifted his focus to sponsorship and brand engagement, working for various global brands including TD Bank, Absolut Vodka, Nivea, LG, Cadbury Adams, RBC, and General Mills. With strong creative, strategic, analytical and management skills, he has a proven track record of driving success and growth, which has led to over a dozen international awards.
Festival & Operations Managerchris@reelasian.com
Chris Chin is going into his sixteenth festival with Reel Asian, having started out as a Front-of-House volunteer back in 2003. He has been an Associate Programmer at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and has worked and volunteered at other festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. In addition to his festival commitments, he has provided event management and operations support to organizations including the Center for Asian American Media (SF), Pride Toronto, and the Canadian Film Centre. Chris sings with choir!choir!choir! and is always up for a night of karaoke.
Marketing & Communications Managervu@reelasian.com
One of Christine’s first jobs was presenting sneak-peek screenings of summer blockbusters for Citytv Edmonton. She also hosted the movie reviews segment for Breakfast Television and moved on to be a video journalist in Vancouver at Shaw TV. Specializing in conceptualizing and creating content, she now joins the Reel Asian team after honing her marketing skills at places like NXNE and Momofuku. Christine is also an actor and writer.
At any point, you can probably find Kelly with a camera in hand. She resonates with both photography and film as an active
medium and accessible space to reclaim archive and documentation. She is a graduate from the Masters of Environmental
Studies program at York University with research on placemaking, spaces of intimacy, citizenship and storytelling through
food. Her favourite food is any kind of noodle soup.
Education & Industry Programmerjasmine@reelasian.com
Jasmine Gui (@jaziimun) is a Singaporean-born interdisciplinary artist, living and working in Tkaronto. She is the founder of Project 40 Collective and managing editor at LooseLeaf magazine. Her work includes a chapbook, poetry EP, and writing featured in The Spectatorial, Panorama Journal, Hart House Review amongst others. She did her MA in English, Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and loves programming for community initiatives across different art mediums. Outside of the arts, she is widely known as a tea lady.
Amanda has been involved in the Toronto film scene since 2011. She holds a BSc from the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and Human Biology and is currently working towards her MA in Cinema Studied from York University. Amanda began volunteering with TIFF and since then has been involved with most of the major film and performance festivals in the city as both a volunteer and staff including Hot Docs, Reel Asian, Images, Luminato and The Toronto Fringe Festival. She is the former volunteer coordinator for Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and is excited to be working with Reel Asian’s awesome crew of volunteers this year. When not working the festival circuit, she is most likely hanging out on the ice, regardless of the season.
RA: X Facilitatoryouthoutreach@reelasian.com
Jason To aka JT aka Jaded Teacher completed an undergrad in political science and education, then later completed a Master’s in Adult Education and Community Development. After working several community organizing positions, Jason sought to work in film and served in the member’s lounge at TIFF — which enabled opportunities such as being a Jury Leader for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and a Pre-screener the following year. As well, they have been a Pre-screener and Development Committee volunteer with Reel Asian, and part of the Program Advisory Committee with the Regent Park Film Festival. Jason is particularly interested in the intersection of film and social justice, whether in subtle or more overt ways, and is inspired by the solidarities shown.
Communications & Outreach Assistantcommunications@reelasian.com
From building shot lists for his short films EQUAL: The Trans Wage Gap and Time, Space & Lee, to helping build a successful brand awareness campaign for The Keg Arizona, Josh has always been a hands-on producer. He fell in love with the festival scene after his initial exposure as a filmmaker for Reel Asian’s Unsung Voices 2018 program. He joins the RA team after honing his marketing abilities at kbs+p and the City of Toronto. When not working, Josh enjoys exploring Toronto’s vibrant queer and art spaces. He is also frequently found volunteering at various NYC clubs and culture hubs.
Marketing Production Assistantmarketing@reelasian.com
Nirujaa Vasantharajah is a graphic designer, storyteller, and film lover. As the Marketing Production Assistant at Reel Asian, she helps develop engaging digital content for campaigns, events, and social media (recently, she designed the new look for So You Think You Can Pitch 2019). With her background in customer service, she uses her emotional intelligence to create designs that resonate with users, viewers and designers alike. Aside from designing, Nirujaa can also be found volunteering at Toronto arts & culture festivals, reading books on the subway, and bullet journaling at her local library.
Guest & Member Services Coordinatorguestservices@reelasian.com
Seungwoo is a project managing, content producer with experiences in corporate sponsorship, educational programming,
and event management. He’s worked as a sponsorship activation manager at WE Charity, where he lead many of the
charity’s sponsored programs and worked to make social justice education accessible to youth around the world. This
year, Seungwoo joins Reel Asian to provide logistics and operations support to the Reel Asian Film Festival community.