Deanna Wong
Executive Director

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
Artistic Director

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.


Chris Chin
Senior Operations Manager

Chris Chin has completed eighteen festivals 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.


Christine Vu
Director of Creative Marketing & Communications

As director of creative marketing and communications, Christine primarily focuses on creative direction, strategy, and managing the marketing team in executing campaigns for the festival and year-round programming. Her favourite part about working at Reel Asian is working with artists under the growing Festival Creative Artist portfolio which she started in 2019. In addition to her role at Reel Asian, Christine is also a CFMDC board member. She is also an actor, writer, and director. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2024 Canadian Screen Award for her work on the 2022 Reel Asian Awards.


Kelly Lui
Shorts Programmer

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.


Jasmine Gui
Special Projects Programmer

Jasmine Gui (@jaziimun) is a Singaporean-born interdisciplinary artist and programmer living and working in Tkaronto. She is co-founder of TACLA, founder of Project 40 Collective and managing editor at LooseLeaf magazine. Her work includes two chapbooks and writing featured in sineTheta, GUTS, The Spectatorial, Panorama Journal, Hart House Review amongst others. She did her MA in English, Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. Outside of the arts, she is widely known as a tea lady.


Samir Ballou
Industry and Education Programmer

Samir is a film festival programmer, educator, screenwriter and producer based in Toronto. Currently, he is the Industry and Education programmer at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, where he continues his efforts to strengthen the inclusion of Asian Canadian filmmakers in the media industry.


June Kim
International Programmes

Based in Toronto and Seoul, June is a film festival enthusiast and a subtitle translator. She has a long history with Reel Asian starting with her internship at the festival during her undergrad years at the University of Toronto. After volunteering and interning at festivals such as Images, Hot Docs, TIFF Kids, and Toronto Singapore Film Festival, she co-founded the first Toronto Korean Film Festival in 2012. She has worked for Toronto International Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival, specializing in programming films from East Asia and Southeast Asia.


Mariam Zaidi

Mariam Zaidi is a South Asian filmmaker, film programmer, and arts manager based in Toronto. Zaidi’s work has been funded and supported by the CBC, LIFT, TAC, OAC, CCA, BravoFACT! FACTOR Canada, and the NFB. Alongside her independent film work and programming at Reel Asian, Zaidi is currently Associate Programmer at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.


Kyra Tudlong
Development & Partnerships Manager

Kyra Tudlong is a mixed-race (Filipinx and German) fundraiser and yoga enthusiast based in Toronto/Tkaronto. With a BASc in Family & Community Social Services and Graduate Diploma in Fundraising Management, her passion lies in advocacy and relationship building to support intersectional, community-based approaches to effecting change.


John Bao
Partnerships and Stewardship Coordinator

John Bao (@john.bao) is a Vietnamese-Canadian emerging screenwriter based in Toronto. Holding a degree in cognitive science and psychology from the University of Toronto, he’s drawn to write character-driven stories, no matter the genre. Resident nerd at Reel Asian.


Abby Ho
Senior Marketing Coordinator

Abby Ho is a multidisciplinary artist working in Tkaronto. Her artistic practice uses sculptural drawings, paper cuts, and paintings to create alternative scapes of rediscovering “home” or as meditations on memory.


Samuel Oh
Graphic Designer

Samuel is a visual storyteller that primarily uses graphic design and photography to convey human experiences. Based in Tkaronto, he has a Bachelor of Design from York University & Sheridan College and hopes to continue amplifying the voices of marginalized communities through his creative work.


Joseph Chung
Unsung Voices Coordinator

Joseph Chung graduated from York University in Cinema Media Studies and has produced, directed and worked on films such as Mother’s Tongue (2018), Table for Three (2023)  and Plantemic (2021). He has been previously involved for Unsung Voices from 2018 – 2019 and is excited to return this year. Outside of his time at Common Factor Media, Joseph is also an independent producer at Staircasewit. Joseph is very involved in the film community and wishes to work with new and seasoned artists to continue his craft.


Carthy Ngo
Unsung Voices Coordinator

Carthy is a Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian emerging filmmaker who wrote and directed her first short film last year with the Unsung Voices 2023 cohort. As she writes her next film, she continues to work as a speech-language pathologist by day and take dance classes by night. She is excited to return to the program to support this year’s cohort in telling their stories.

Amanda Low
Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda (she/they) is an arts administrator working in the volunteer management sector. She is passionate about supporting young BIPOC in the arts. In the past, they have worked with Luminato Festival, DesignTO Festival, the Textile Museum of Canada. She was the Horse Girl in your high school class.


Jacob Steer-Kagayama
Graphic Design Intern

Jacob Steer-Kagayama is a Junior Graphic Designer based in Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Design at OCAD University. As a bi-racial individual, he seeks to incorporate both his Japanese and Scottish backgrounds into his practice and uplift marginalized communities.


Chantal Leong
Executive Assistant

Chantal Leong is a graduate from York University with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies and a Minor in Humanities. Having worked on set in a variety of production roles, Chantal is currently getting started in the film festival circuit and looking forward to what the journey will teach her. She is interested in dark fairytales exploring intergenerational trauma and transgressive female characters – and when not watching the latest horror flick, is busy writing her own.


Rea Zala
Programming Coordinator

Rea is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist. Through tangible, performance, and interactive mediums, she explores the cosmic enchantments and hindrances of digitality, circling between intimacy, identity, and the imagination.

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