Unsung Voices 2024: Youth Video Production Workshop

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES Video Production Workshop will provide emerging artists the chance to express themselves through film and media art, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinct story for the screen.

A select group of emerging filmmakers will be provided an opportunity to produce and present their film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (eg. fiction, documentary, experimental, etc). The entire collection of films will receive a world premiere at the 28th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2024.

2024 Program Description

  • This program is tuition free and there are no fees* required to apply
  • Participants must be between ages 18–29 and self-identify as Asian
  • Honorarium will be provided to participants
  • Workshops and learning sessions will be conducted online in the late spring/summer of 2024 (see timeline and more below)
  • Participants will learn and experiment with skills to complete a video production:
    • Creative (ideation, experimentation, and critical thinking skills about filmmaking & arts practice)
    • Technical (writing, visual storytelling, image creation, non-linear digital editing)
    • Project Management (planning for and executing production, collaboration)

* While there are no fees to apply and be part of the program, depending on the nature of your project you may have to contribute to costs associated with your production (ex. props, materials, talent, etc.)




Not to get all 2008 on ya, but let’s never be cynical about Hope. It fueled past generations, and it is necessary for us to live without despair. It is easy, even momentarily satisfying, to drink up cynicism like a sugary drink. But how can a strong and deep rooted sense of hope help us find our way in this world? What or Who do you find Hope in? How have you seen Hope in your life, or in the lives of others?  

This theme is merely a jumping off point, you don’t have to be literal, we want to see and hear where your imagination takes you. 

Expectations and Eligibility

We are looking for self-motivated, resourceful, collaborative, and open-minded individuals who are willing to go on a (virtual) summer trip with us together. Filmmaking is hard, making art is a privilege. Creativity and commitment is key as we embark on this filmmaking journey.

Participants should expect one-to-two online sessions per week (approx 4-8 hrs/week) and 3-4 hours of consultation/meeting time with an assigned mentor over the course of the program, as well as additional and necessary time to work on and complete their project.

UV is open to Asian-identifying young people (age 18-29) from anywhere in Canada. Apply and tell us more about you and your ideas! If you need assistance with your application or are experiencing barriers to applying, please contact aram@reelasian.com.

Selected participants’ film projects will be premiered at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2024 as part of a final presentation and Q&A. Participants receive full accreditation to the festival, and travel and accommodations will be provided to those from outside the Greater Toronto Area.

Attendance at online program sessions and the final presentation are mandatory.

Program Timeline

  • Call for applications – March 21, 2024
  • Info Session livestream – April 4, 2024 at 8PM EST 
  • Deadline – April 19, 2024 at 9PM EST
  • Shortlist notified – April 26, 2024
  • Interviews – May 4 & 5, 2024 
  • Program start – May 16, 2024
  • May 21-June 25* : Ideation, Scriptwriting, Pre-Production (2 sessions per week)
  • June 26-July 26*: Production (1 session per week) 
  • July 29-August 23*: Post-Production (1 session per week)
  • August 26-30*: Delivery of final files for post-finishing
  • September 1-30: Post-finishing
  • November 13-24: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival dates
  • November 16: Attend World Premiere screening at Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 

*Specific session dates TBA. Timeline subject to change. Additional consults scheduled as necessary.

Unsung Voices Cohorts

Unsung Voices 12 (2023)
Unsung Voices 11 (2022)
Unsung Voices 10 (2021)

Applications now closed

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