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Audience Choice

All feature works are eligible for this prize, selected through a tally of votes from the viewers of the 10th anniversary edition Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
$300 cash prize

Journey From The Fall

Ham Tran

Hear Me! See Me! Pitch Me! Winner

inaugural pitch competition presented with support from

$5,000 in services + one-year membership at Charles Street Video

The 8½ Minute Bi-Racial Biography
of Bianca Smith

Naomi Ward

Reel Asian Image Award

Sook-Yin Lee

Singer. Actor. VJ. Radio host. Filmmaker. Sook-Yin Lee has succeeded in several industries where it remains difficult for an Asian Canadian to excel in just one. She’s been lead singer of the Vancouver band Bob’s Your Uncle, served as a MuchMusic DJ for several seasons, and currently hosts CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera. Somehow, Sook-Yin found the time to maker her own films (Unlocked and Girl Cleans Sink), act in feature films (3 Needles and Hedwig And The Angry Inch), and star in movies such as Helen Lee’s The Art of Woo. Right now, she bares her soul in John Cameron Mitchell’s acclaimed Short Bus.

Reel Asian is pleased to present Sook-Yin Lee with its inaugural Image Award, recognizing her contribution to the Asian community as an artist whose work in the film industry has done much to change the image of Asians in the media, both in front of and behind the camera.

2006 Festival Jurors

Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey is a writer, broadcaster, and film programmer in Toronto. He programs for the Toronto International Film Festval, including their selection from Africa, South Asia, and the Philippines. Bailey also reviews film for Toronto’s NOW Magazine, and CBC Radio One. In 2005 his video essay Hotel Saudade made its US premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming is a Vancouver-based award-winning independent filmmaker, writer, and artist. Part Chinese and part Australian, she was born in Okinawa and raised in Canada. Working in experimental, documentary, dramatic, and animated genres, her films, both shorts and features, often deal with issues of family, history, and memory in a continuing media critique. Many of her works have been shown at Reel Asian, including a documentary feature about her great-grandfather, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003), which was the closing night film in 2003.

Brenda Longfellow

Brenda Longfellow is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened at festivals around the world. her most recent film, Tina in Mexico, a portrait of photographer Tina Modotti, won the Golden Rose at the Montreal Film and Television Festival, a Bronze Plaque at the Columbus Film Festival, and Best Cinematography, Writing and Arts Documentary at the Yorkton Film Festival. Awarded the Canadian Genie for Best Documentary Short in 1998 for Shadow Maker, a portrait of poet Gwendolyn MacEwan, Longfellow has also produced and directed Balkan Journey (1996), Our Marilyn (1988, co-winner of Grrand Prix of Oberhausen) and Gerda (1992). Longfellow teaches in the Department of Film and Video at York University and has written extensively on Canadian cinema.

*All decisions made by the juries are final and binding and not subject to appeal.

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