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Canada, China, USA65 minEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesAnimation, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

These six dynamic films touch upon art not solely as a creative practice for self expression but an integral force in making space, along with the responsibilities that come with it.

Dancing On My Own

Alexandra Cuerdo Profile Image

USA202013 minEnglishInternational Premiere Dance, Documentary, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

A love letter to the queer Asian community, director Allie Cuerdo finds the strength to come out and rebuild a relationship with her mom with a little help and inspiration from New York’s radical dance party Bubble_T.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Bentonville Film Festival, 2020
Asian American International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Alexandra Cuerdo

Alexandra “Allie” Cuerdo is an award-winning Filipino-American director, writer and producer recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women’s Network.

Atomic Café: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Tadashi Nakamura, Akira Boch Profile Image

USA202010 minEnglishInternational Premiere Documentary

Rated PG

Hardcore and punk to the max, this electric documentary shares the story of Atomic Nancy and the infamous Atomic Café in L.A.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Tadashi Nakamura, Akira Boch

Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and listed as one of the “Top Rising Asian American Directors” on IMDb.

Akira Boch is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and Director of the Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Margo

Steffi Tupe Profile Image

Canada201914 minEnglishDrama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13
CW: Sexual harassment

A newcomer to the film industry, Margo’s careful and cautious actions make clear the insidious traces of misogyny that permeate through.

Cast

Maya Wong
Anthony Caputo
Logan Freeman
Sam
Emily Bolanos

Directors Bio

Steffi Tupe

Steffi Tupe is a first-generation Filipino-Canadian writer, director and producer with three dramatic short films under her belt Two Ladies, Sister and Margo.

Novena

Shirley Camia Profile Image

Canada20202 minEnglish with English SubtitlesInternational Premiere Animation, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Created by a community of local Filipinx creatives, Novena is an affectingly crafted poetry animation touching upon grief, mourning, and healing.

Director Bio

Shirley Camia

Born in Winnipeg, Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet who has lived across Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Kenya. Novena, based on her poem of the same name, is her debut poetry film.

Father Figure

Tanya Hoshi Profile Image

Canada20195 minEnglishWorld Premiere Documentary, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Pakistani-Canadian artist Wahab Jaffer endearingly retells his journey from collector to artist and imparts the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Director Bio

Tanya Hoshi

Tanya Hoshi is a Pakistani-Canadian film and web series producer/director based in Toronto, Canada. When she’s not working, Hoshi is mentoring emerging filmmakers by helping them find their footing in the industry.

Handscape
夏青

Yiru Chen 陈伊如 Profile Image

China202019 minChinese Sign Language and Shanghainese with English SubtitlesCanadian PremiereDance, Drama, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13
CW: Homophobic statements

Beautifully poetic, Handscape tells the story of Xia Qing and his desire to dance despite his mother’s outright disapproval.

Cast

Zhenyu Tang

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Show Low Film Festival 2020
National Film Festival for Talented Youth, 2020

Directors Bio

Yiru Chen 陈伊如

Yiru Chen is a film director, artist, and poet. Her goal is to promote education and art of sign languages – an essential key to Deaf culture, along with members of both communities.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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November 16, 2020 at 8PM

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3 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Discomfort Zone

From the mundane to the spectacular, our characters in these five films pave their own paths as some take matters into their own hands, while others come across new points of understanding and acceptance. Includes winner of WIFT-T Film Award, Reel Asian 2020 LOLA'S WAKE.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
In Relation

In a world that feels ever so divisive, these three documentaries take a closer look at what it means to create new pathways for community mobilizing, recognize shortcomings of identity markers, and acknowledge the solidarity work that remains undone.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Handscape
夏青

China202019 minChinese Sign Language and Shanghainese with English SubtitlesCanadian PremiereDance, Drama, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13
CW: Homophobic statements

Beautifully poetic, Handscape tells the story of Xia Qing and his desire to dance despite his mother’s outright disapproval.

Cast

Zhenyu Tang

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Show Low Film Festival 2020
National Film Festival for Talented Youth, 2020

Director Bio

Yiru Chen 陈伊如

Yiru Chen is a film director, artist, and poet. Her goal is to promote education and art of sign languages – an essential key to Deaf culture, along with members of both communities.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Resurgence

Canada, China, South Korea, USA202055 minutesEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesAction, Animation, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, Sci-fi, Women Filmmakers

Abundant with hope, desire, and resiliency, all six of these films make a statement to queer histories, presents, and futures—in front of and behind the screen.

Reviving The Roost

Vivek Shraya Profile Image

Canada2019 6 minEnglishAnimation, Experimental, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is about community complexity and longing—an elegy to a lost space as much as it is director Vivek Shraya’s ode to a closed popular Edmonton gay bar.

Director Bio

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. She is also the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books.

Bind

Emory Chao Johnson Profile Image

USA2019 3 minEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesInternational Premiere Drama, Family, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers

Rated PG

Though brief and contained, Bind provides an extensive glimpse into the trans Asian diaspora when Jules is confronted by a surprise visit from their mother with their chest binder.

Cast

Hua Chai
Kate Chang

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Frameline, 2020
NewFilmmakers LA, 2020
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Emory Chao Johnson

Emory Chao Johnson is a MFA film student at the University of California. They were a Trans Filmmaking Fellow on director Sam Feder’s Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen in 2018 and an intern on director Lisa Leeman’s Trans*Formed in 2019.

Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim Profile Image

Canada20203 minEnglishDocumentary, Experimental, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

An unapologetic statement about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, 2020
Social Justice Film Festival, 2020
Asian American International Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is my favorite movie. Fight me.” Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim is a Toronto-born, U.S.-raised filmmaker, dog mom, and aspiring graphic novelist passionate about empowering marginalized communities through art.

Super Zee

Nathalie Younglai Profile Image

Canada20187 minEnglishAction, Comedy, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

This action-comedy short features Sedina Fiati as Super Zee, a kickbutt queer Black superhero who swoops in to save her crush from the microaggressions at the office.

Cast

Sedina Fiati
Christina Song
Kevan Kase

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Outfest Fusion, 2020
Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, 2020
Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2019

Directors Bio

Nathalie Younglai

TV writer and director, Trini Chinese provocateur, and founder of BIPOC TV & Film, Nathalie Younglai hauled her parents to the Daytime Emmys after being nominated for her writing on “Dino Dana.” She supports Black Lives Matter.

Safe Among Stars
安全在星中

Jess X. Snow Profile Image

USA20199 minEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesDrama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Non-binary Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, Sci-fi

Rated 14A

Filled with evocative imagery, this queer futuristic short follows Jia, who develops the ability to teleport when she dissociates and must learn how to control her powers.

Cast

Poppy Liu
Lea Cai
Vera Lam

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Blackstar Film Festival, 2020
Outfest Fusion, 2020
CAAMfest, 2020
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2020

AWARD
National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Short Film Award, Reel Asian 2020

Directors Bio

Jess X. Snow

Jess X. Snow is a director, artist, poet and community arts educator creating queer Asian immigrant stories that transcend borders, binaries, and time. They are currently a guest on the unceded traditional land of the Lenape people (Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY).

God’s Daughter Dances
신의 딸은 춤을 춘다

Sungbin Byun 변성빈 Profile Image

South Korea202025 minKorean with English subtitlesNorth American PremiereDance, Drama, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions, Reel Asian Award Winner

Rated 14A
CW: Transphobic comments

Shin-mi, a dancer, bravely faces forward with grace and style as she takes the physical examination at the Military Manpower Administration.

Cast

Choi Haejun
Kim Wookyum
Lim Hojun

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival, 2020

AWARDS
Change Connect Award, Reel Asian 2020 

Directors Bio

Sungbin Byun 변성빈

Born in 1991, Sungbin Byun studied film, TV & multimedia and eastern philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University. His films Horn (2014), The Chicken of Wuzuh (2015), and Hands and Wings (2018) have screened at festivals internationally.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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November 13, 2020 at 8PM

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Canadian Spotlight

The 2020 Canadian Spotlight features not one but three Canadian media artists who work at the intersections of experiential, experimental moving image and narrative.

1 Nov. - 19 Nov.

Shorts
Collective Memory

Each of these extraordinary films call upon the act of remembrance as important and timely work for community care, knowledge, and abundance. Includes winners of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 I BOUGHT A TIME MACHINE and I DREAM OF VANCOUVER.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Special Presentation
Awards Ceremony

Join co-hosts Lainey Lui and Angela Sun as they reveal the award winners for the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

13 Nov. 4:00 pm

Discomfort Zone

Canada, China, USA58 minEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesComedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

From the mundane to the spectacular, our characters in these five films pave their own paths as some take matters into their own hands, while others come across new points of understanding and acceptance. Includes winner of WIFT-T Film Award, Reel Asian 2020 LOLA'S WAKE. 

Away, Together

Sana A. Malik Profile Image

USA202015 minEnglish, Pashto with English SubtitlesInternational Premiere Drama, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Beautifully shot against visceral landscapes of New Mexico, Ayah is a 10-year-old refugee on her first camping trip who ends up finding connection to ancestral memory even in the most unfamiliar of places.

Cast

Huda Wahidy
Hameed Sheikh

Directors Bio

Sana A. Malik

Sana A. Malik is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker and journalist who has reported on immigration, detention, and gender since 2011. In 2017, she founded This is Worldtown, a platform that supports women of colour visual storytellers.

A Lonely Afternoon

Kyle Credo Profile Image

Canada202015 minEnglish, Tagalog with English Subtitles World PremiereDrama, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions

Rated PG

Meticulously detailed and choreographed, director Kyle Credo delivers an authentic snapshot into Justin, a timid Filipino boy, and his afternoon.

Cast

Daynon Toledo

Directors Bio

Kyle Credo

Kyle Credo is a Filipino-Canadian director born and raised in Ontario. He has been practicing his craft since 2012 when he made his first short film, Scum at Centennial College.

Couple Portrait
情侶照

Hao Cheng 程顥 Profile Image

Canada, China20203 minCantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesDocumentary, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions

Rated G

In this light, yet deeply moving short, Dva Liu returns home to Shaoguan with the wish of taking “couple portraits” with her aging grandfather.

Director Bio

Hao Cheng 程顥

Hao Cheng 程顥 is a commercial and documentary director who lives in Toronto. Influenced by his family background, Cheng developed a passion for photography and eventually developed his directing skills.

Lola’s Wake

Tricia Hagoriles Profile Image

Canada2019 10 minEnglish, Tagalog with English SubtitlesWorld PremiereDrama, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

Joelle is determined to uphold a Filipino tradition even if it means spending the night in a funeral home. Loosely based on the director’s own experiences.

Cast

Gianelle Miranda
Carolyn Fe
Chelsea Muirhead

Recognitions

AWARDS
WIFT-T Film Award, Reel Asian 2020

Directors Bio

Tricia Hagoriles

Tricia Hagoriles is an award-winning, Toronto-based filmmaker. Hagoriles was a resident of the 2019 Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and recipient of Inside Out + OUTtv Outspoken Documentary Fund for her upcoming work, The Archivist.

No More Parties

Natalie Murao Profile Image

Canada2019 15 minEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesToronto Premiere Drama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Accurately awkward, Rose attends a karaoke party and hears a voice louder than her own in this subtly nuanced take on navigating adulthood and finding independence.

Cast

Kimberley Yip
Kimberly Ho
Nan Chen

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Natalie Murao

Natalie Murao is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. Murao’s films draw from her Japanese-Canadian heritage and childhood experiences, which include themes of memory and the mundane.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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November 13, 2020 at 1PM

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3 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Resurgence

Abundant with hope, desire, and resiliency, all six of these films make a statement to queer histories, presents, and futures—in front of and behind the screen. Includes National Film Board of Canada Best Canadian Short Film Award, Reel Asian 2020 winner SAFE AMONG STARS and winner of Change Connect Award, Reel Asian 2020 GOD'S DAUGHTER DANCES.

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Shorts
Unsung Voices 9

Four fearless emerging filmmakers embarked on a summer-long filmmaking journey online. We’re proud to present their world premiere here. Includes winner of Air Canada Short Film or Video Award, Reel Asian 2020 일요일 (Sunday). 

12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Couple Portrait
情侶照

Canada, China20203 minCantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesDocumentary, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions

Rated G

In this light, yet deeply moving short, Dva Liu returns home to Shaoguan with the wish of taking “couple portraits” with her aging grandfather.

Directors Bio

Hao Cheng 程顥

Hao Cheng 程顥 is a commercial and documentary director who lives in Toronto. Influenced by his family background, Cheng developed a passion for photography and eventually developed his directing skills.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South KoreaEnglish and Various Languages Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Experimental, Horror, Thriller

Caught in a standstill, these films follow the choices made and risks taken by characters to impel even the smallest of pivots.

Recognitions

Award

Award Description

Director Bio

9 Nov, 2019 1:15 pm

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12 Nov. 10:00 am - 19 Nov. 11:59 pm

Reel Ideas
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This panel reflects on the necessity and challenges of archives and archival work, inviting members of community archive initiatives to discuss their work and process. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

15 Nov. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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A.K.A. Don Bonus Masterclass

This masterclass explores the narrative construction of A.K.A Don Bonus, contextualizing the film in its era but also situating it in contemporary conversation. This event is part of the Reel Ideas Symposium.

17 Nov. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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