Air Canada Short Film or Video Award

All short films and videos are eligible for this prize. Opportunity to broadcast on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment screens on international flights

The Boss 老大 

Evan Wu

Jury Statement

A well-told, convincing portrayal of a delicately changing relationship between two brothers, moving and empowering the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Guo Mie

Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu

Jury Statement

A beautiful, complex portrait of a matriarch saying goodbye to a lost love, hello to his new girlfriend and the family dynamics in the wake of his death. It will make you hungry for her shrimp rolls and want to ride in a karaoke cab with her. Such skillful storytelling with a strong lead character, featuring wonderful moments of humour blended throughout the film.

Summer Hours

Liong Sieu-Hong

Jury Statement

Quietly heartbreaking, this film was beautifully acted by its young cast, expressing more with a gesture than any words could convey.



My Turn

Nakyung Kim

Jury Statement

Intimate and chilling, this gut-wrenching film provides a fresh perspective on a very timely topic. Very believable portrayal of how people’s need to protect their self interest can turn so quickly to coldness and harshness.



All animated works are eligible for this prize.
$800 cash prize

The Fox and The Whale

Robin Joseph

Jury Statement

We were immediately drawn into the stunning visuals of the lush natural environment, combined with a touch of whimsy, playfulness, and wonder. Enjoyable for any age, this film needs to be shared to many audiences.



DGC-Ontario & WIFT-T
Film Award

All films made by female-identified Ontario-based artists are eligible for this prize.
$1,000 cash prize + $1,200 programming pass and one-year membership to WIFT-T.

Over Time

Mariam Zaidi

Jury Statement

Commendable doc that provides an intimate portrait bringing us to the heart of a changing Regent Park.



Audience Choice

All feature works are eligible for this prize, selected through a tally of votes from the viewers of the 21st edition Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
$5,000 cash prize

Bad Genius

Nattawut Poonpiriya

So You Think You Can Pitch Winners

with support from

Emerging Category

Tell It To My Mother

Alice Liu & Bianca Linhares-Huang

Established Category

Haru’s New Year

Alice Il Shin

2017 Features Jury

Helen du Toit

Helen du Toit has a background in independent film production and curation of international film festivals.  As Senior Interim Director, she currently oversees CBC’s Breaking Barriers Film Fund, a program established to support the work of under-represented filmmakers.

Albert Shin

Albert Shin graduated from York University with a BFA in Fim and Video Production in 2006 and directed his debut feature, Point Traverse, in 2010. He returned to the director’s chair for his second feature, In Her Place (2014), which premiered at TIFF and went on to receive seven Canadian Screen Award nominations.

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson is co-programmer for Short Cuts at the Toronto International Film Festival and director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. He regularly writes about film, music, and the arts for such publications as Sight and SoundUncutCinema Scope, and The Toronto Star. He also teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ryerson School of Journalism.

2017 Shorts Jury

Joyce Wong

Joyce Wong is an award-winning director and writer. Her debut fiction feature, Wexford Plaza, screened in competition at the Slamdance Film Festival and won the Center for Asian American Media’s 2017 Best Narrative Feature Award. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab.

Milda Yoo

Milda Yoo is the Director of Sales & Acquisitions at Pacific Northwest Pictures, a Canadian film distributor that releases content across all platforms. She has extensive experience in the film industry specializing in digital, on-demand, and broadcast sales. She has previously held positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment, eOne Films, and Alliance Films.

Lisa Valencia-Svensson

Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto. Her first feature-length documentary, Herman’s House, won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Programming. Her second feature Migrat Dreams was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice.

2017 Pitch Jury

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is studio head and executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned English Animation Studio. After freelancing following college, Fukushima joined the Animation Studio in 1990 as a filmmaker, then became a studio producer, and is now head of the fabled studio, with over 200 films (and some nice awards and nominations) under his belt.

Shasha Nakhai

Shasha Nakhai is a filmmaker based out of Toronto with Compy Films. Her award-winning short films have screened at festivals and aired on TV worldwide, been released on iTunes, gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week. Her latest film, FRAME 394, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. It was named one of TIFF’s Top 10 Films of 2016, and was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards. Shasha was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nigeria and came to Canada as an international student in 2003.

Heid Tao Yang

Heidi Tao Yang currently manages the Hot Docs Film Funds where she oversees Hot Docs’ portfolio of documentary film funds for Canadian and international documentary films. In this role she works with filmmakers from around the world on their projects and oversee Hot Docs’ investment in their work and professional development. Heidi has a background in producing and developing fiction and nonfiction for film and TV. Heidi is an alumnus of the Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. If there is spare time, she devotes it to reading books.

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

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