Reel Asian
Best Short Film/Video

All short films & videos are eligible for this prize.
$500 cash prize

Letters from Pyongyang

Jason Lee

Jury Statement

The jury was captured by this filmmaker’s piece, which speaks to us in an incredibly touching way and puts a human face to an important story and tragic piece of history. Breathtaking and well crafted, this documentary tells a moving tale of a family’s journey to reunite with a long-lost family in North Korea.

Honourable Mention

A Grand Canal

Johnny Ma


All animated works are eligible for this prize.
$500 cash prize

The Banquet of the Concubine

Hefang Wei

Jury Statement

We would like to highlight that we were impressed with the level of craftsmanship and creativity in this category. Choosing the best-animated film was a particularly difficult task. We consider this film to stand out amongst the selection for its unique portrayal of a of a country’s history. Superbly well-crafted and innovative.

Film Award

All films made by female-identified GTA-based artists are eligible for this prize.
$1,200 programming pass and one-year membership to WIFT-T.

My Father, Francis

Casey Mecija

Jury Statement

My Father, Francis traces the narrative of the filmmaker’s father’s life as it has materialized in his remarkable practice as an amateur industrial designer. The objects of his labour are presented as points of contact and collaboration between father and daughter, a relationship between them that is also the experimentation with new forms, just as this work explores a personal narrative that is exciting for a debut filmmaker.

Audience Choice

All feature works are eligible for this prize, selected through a tally of votes from the viewers of the 17th edition Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
$2,000 cash prize + Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 v7.0

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

S. Ramona Diaz

So You Think You Can Pitch Winners

with support from

Emerging Category

$2,000 cash prize + more than $8,000 in services

The Home Promised

Betty Xie & David Wang

Established Category

$2,000 cash prize + more than $16,000 in services


Gloria Kim

2013 Features Jury

Aki Takabatake

Aki Takabatake is a programmer of Asian films at the Toronto International Film Festival and is based in Toronto and Japan.  She graduated from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and worked in International Acquisition and TV sales at SPO Inc. in Japan.

Caroline Habib

Caroline Habib is the Manager of Acquisitions & Broadcast Sales at Mongrel Media. Caroline earned a BA in Film Studies and Art History at the University of Montreal and completed a graduate diploma in arts management at HEC. She has worked with various prestigious distribution companies and has programmed the 2008 edition of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.

Chandra Siddan

Chandra Siddan was born and raised in Bangalore, India, where she studied English Literature. She fell upon film in New York at the New School and continued playing in the medium in Karlsruhe, Germany. She moved to Toronto in 2000 where she initiated the Regent Park Film Festival in 2003 and made her first feature length personal doc, Remembrance of Things Present. She is currently engaged in fiction and documentary projects, and has co-edited a book of literary essays recently launched by Harper Collins, India.

2013 Shorts Jury

Ravida Din

Ravida Din is the Director General of the National Film Board of Canada’s English Program. As an executive prducer, Din has worked on notable titles such as Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (Karen Cho), Payback (Jennifer Baichwal), and Up The Yangtze (Yung Chang), in co-production with EyeSteelFilm. Earlier in her career, Din also worked as project manager for the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education.

Sinara Rozo-Perdomo

Sinara Rozo-Perdomo is a Toronto-based arts administrator, curator, proud mother, and educator. She co-founded the annual aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, and has recently served on the board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario, Independent Media Arts Alliance, and on the advisory board for The Latin American Arts Centre Collective. She has taught video/film production and animation at OCADU, Toronto Image Works, and the Toronto District School Board.

Jacob Korczynski

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator based in Toronto. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated, or is developing projects, for the Dunlop Art Gallery, Gallery TPW, Oakville Galleries, and the Stedelijk Museum. His writing has appeared in Border Crossings, Prefix PhotoC Magazine, and Fillip. Currently, he is a researcher for the Performane in Residence platform of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.

2013 Pitch Jury

Paul Wong

Paul Wong is an award-winning artist and curator, and one of Canada’s renowned multimedia artists. He has been organizing cultural events  and public interventions since the mid-1970s. Wong was the 2005 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is an award-winning filmmaker and producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned Animation Studio. Two of his most recent productions, The End of Pinky (Claire Blanchet) and Impromptu (Bruce Alcock) had their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

Kristine Estorninos

Kristine Estorninos has been a festival distribution strategist for over five years. Before arriving in Canada, she worked in feature film promotion in the Philippines. Recently, she worked in film distribution at the Canadian Film Centre, as well as at Ouat Media, where festival strategy was key to earning the company’s films numerous Oscar nominations and wins.

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

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