The Reel Ideas Conference enriches the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s vision by championing industry and education initiatives. Our programming nurtures networking and skillshare opportunities between emerging talent, visiting artists and established filmmakers. The Reel Ideas mandate supports the growth of Asian creatives within film and the arts at large, seeking to generate dialogue at the intersections of Toronto’s creative industries in nuanced ways.
Admission: $6 per session / Day Pass Fees: $20 (lunch included)
Intersections: New Media Blitz Talks • 10:30AM
Start your morning with a series of dynamic lightning talks, featuring artists who are exploring and innovating film as a transdisciplinary medium. How is film traversing mediums and art practices? What does the moving image look like in an evolving field of interdisciplinary art? Why use film specifically? Each featured speaker will receive 15 minutes to share about their work and engage in an open Q&A with the audience. BUY TICKETS FOR THIS SESSION
Re-Imaging Asian • 12PM
With an increase of multimedia platforms, visible conversation around identities, communities and histories, and a growing abundance of Asian storytellers looking for opportunity, how do we navigate filmmaking? How have these evolutions in film and storytelling impacted our work and our professional decisions? What are topics or issues that Asian communities today have to contend with and address? This panel explores what it means for Asian creators to tell good stories in the contemporary film scene. BUY TICKETS FOR THIS SESSION
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Reflecting (on) Asian • 3PM
Join Asian Canadian veteran filmmakers as they deep dive into the implications of our filmmaking history and its ongoing impact on our evolving present. This panel engages filmmakers whose bodies of work paved the way for today’s creative environment and today’s filmmakers. What did it mean to do work in a landscape of scarcity and what did it mean to create as an Asian filmmaker? What changes have they weathered and how have those impacted their craft? What topics are recurring or evolving in their work? How might collective memory, and access to their work impact and inspire up-and-coming filmmakers? BUY TICKETS FOR THIS SESSION
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Speculating on Fictions / Dreaming in Colour:
a programme of work + artist talk by Midi Onodera in partnership with Vtape • 5PM
In conversation with Lulu Wei
Midi Onodera is an artist, a filmmaker, an innovator, and an inveterate experimenter. Flowing seamlessly from toy cameras to high end editing formats, her works engage with technologies in playful ways to produce documents of cultural and political critique that are dead serious. We’ve selected works exploring the variety of production platforms, technologies, and presentation formats used by this prolific and poetic artist of both the analog and the digital. From the early The Displaced View (1988), through the experimental shorts Slightseer (2001) and Nobody Knows (2002), ending with her more recent works that reside on the WWW the coyotes must see the moon (2017), The Outsider (2019), 68 Trace Decay Theory (2019), and Travel (2019).
– Lisa Steele, Vtape Artistic Director, September 2019
(The programme of Midi Onodera work was selected by Wanda Vanderstoop, Vtape Director of Distribution and Lisa Steele, Vtape Artistic Director.)
Featured Artist and Moderator:
Vtape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video artworks. We make this collection accessible to exhibitors, curators, programmers, broadcasters, educators, scholars and public audiences worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu. Vtape insists on the value of artistic merit and the right to freedom of expression, and is dedicated to improving the socioeconomic status of the artist.