Fire Horse Award Ceremony & Fundraiser

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Join us for the annual Reel Asian Fire Horse Award Ceremony and Fundraiser on May 31 in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.


11:30 AM Reception; 12:15 PM – 2 PM Lunch and Presentation

Shangri-La Toronto, 188 University Ave

Tickets: $225 ($100 Tax Reciept)

Tables: Starting at $3,000


The Fire Horse Award recognizes one Asian Canadian member of the film and media-arts community. This member demonstrates qualities of the Asian zodiac symbol in their work: Fire Horses are changemakers, creative thinkers, and visionary leaders who significantly impact the larger community. The award was created on the occasion of Reel Asian’s 25th anniversary in 2021 to honour Reel Asian founder Anita Lee, whose groundbreaking work and determination have made Reel Asian a staple in Canada’s festival landscape.

This year’s recipient will be awarded $25,000 in cash, of which Golden Globe Award winning Canadian film and television star Sandra Oh has committed $50,000 over five years. This contribution matches a generous lead donation from donor Ha-kyung Helen Song. More recently, Pan Asia Food Co., Ltd. has also pledged $25,000 over the next five years to the award. The company has been serving the Korean community in Canada for over 50 years. Ongoing contributions from the Reel Asian community will ensure the sustainability of the award for years to come.

The recipient will also receive the Fire Horse Award sculpture designed by Toronto-based artist and curator Myung-Sun Kim. The award design, a floating, malleable form, evokes the relationship between body and memory; our familial and cultural inheritances across the diaspora.

Dress code is business casual. Please carefully read below for menu and ticket information.

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If you have purchased or sponsored a table, please provide guest names and meal selections to development@reelasian.com and events@reelasian.com.




Apples | Pecans | Cheddar | Vanilla Vinaigrette

Entrees choice between:


24Hr Sous Vide Short Rib | Pommes Puree | Carrots | Onions | Hoisin Jus


Cauliflower | Baby Carrots | Green Beans | Brown Butter | Capers | Hazelnuts


Yuzu Whipped Ganache | Lemon Curd


Named and conceived in honour of Reel Asian’s founder and trailblazing producer Anita Lee, whose lunar zodiac sign is the Fire Horse, the $25,000 award will be presented to an accomplished individual in the media arts and/or screen-based industries who has dedicated their energy and talents to breaking down barriers, uplifting Asian Canadian communities, and sparking cultural change.


Nobu Adilman
Filmmaker, artist and co-founder of Choir!Choir!Choir

Nobu Adilman is a Toronto artist who has worked in music, film, television, journalism, curating, podcasting and more. He’s best known as the Co-Founder of Choir! Choir! Choir!, an internationally renowned singing project that has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Newport Folk Festival. They have been featured on American Idol, CBS Weekend Edition, CBC’s The National, and CTV’s W5 and profiled in The New Yorker. They have shared the stage with David Byrne, Patti Smith, Kermit The Frog, Rick Astley, Patton Oswalt, Rufus Wainwright and many others. As a television maker, he co-created/produced and co-hosted the cooking/gadget show Food Jammers which had 40 episodes on Food Network Canada before being sold to USA’s Cooking Channel and broadcasters around the world. In 2006, he traveled across the U.S. in a short bus powered by vegetable oil to interview innovators of green technology for Discovery Science America’s thirteen-part series Invention Nation. Nobu sometimes gets recognized as Denis on the hit Canadian TV comedy series Trailer Park Boys, appearing with his brother Mio as the drug-dealing Flappy Bird Brothers. The brothers previously hosted two seasons of the CBC high school quiz show Smart Ask! and guest-hosted 16 episodes of the late-night CBC Arts program ZeD. Nobu got his start writing episodic television on shows like Emily Of New Moon and Cold Squad. But making no-budget short films is where his heart lives, telling heartfelt stories wrapped in some kind of ridiculousness. In 2020 he released his second solo record TAVIE, released on Arts & Crafts Records, and is currently working on a new one. Playing tennis and taking baths are his first and second favourite things to do.

Ananya Ohri
Arts Administrator, Writer and Producer

Ananya is an arts administrator, writer and producer. She was the Executive Director at the Regent Park Film Festival for 7 years, where she had the privilege of founding the Lieutenant General Award winning storytelling and preservation project, Home Made Visible. Motivated by her experience programming for school aged children and consuming media alongside her own kids, Ananya is currently creating content for children that centres BIPOC narratives.

Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiung is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and a two-time Canadian Screen Award winner based in Toronto, Canada. Her film ‘Sing Me a Lullaby’ (2020) won the Oscar qualifying Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC and the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival ‘Share Her Journey Short Cuts Award’ during the world premiere at TIFF. ‘Sing Me a Lullaby’ went on to winning The Directors Guild of Canada Best Short Film Award followed by several accolades including two prizes at the annual WIFT- Showcase and listed as one of TIFF Canada’s Top Ten of 2020. Hsiung’s debut feature documentary ‘The Apology’ (2016) received over 15 international awards that includes the prestigious Peabody award, the DuPont Columbia Award and the Allan King Memorial Award. Hsiung’s work has played in over 150 film festivals earning over 25 awards, released and broadcasted globally. Hsiung currently sits as second-vice chair of the Directors Guild of Canada, Ontario Executive Board, she is board member at DOC Canada, Ontario and HOT DOCS executive board. Hsiung is also a member of the National BIPOC committee for the DGC.

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