Reel Asian’s Call For Submissions for our 24th festival opens April 1, 2020 – are you ready for it? Join programmers Aram Collier and Kelly Lui to find out what is eligible to submit to our festival, what we’re looking for, and what it means if you’re not selected (hint: it doesn’t have to mean your work is bad!)
Our guests Haaris Qadri and Mariam Zaidi will offer first-person perspectives on things to remember when putting your films out there on the festival circuit, from budgeting for submission fees to premiere-status strategies.
Haaris Qadri is in his final year at York University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production. He specializes in writing, directing and producing. Haaris aims to create meaningful stories featuring characters and narratives that are often unrepresented. A previous Unsung Voices alumnus from 2016 and a director with work in selection for the 2019 festival, Haaris maintains close relations with Reel Asian because of the strong sense of community it engenders.
Mariam Zaidi is a South Asian filmmaker and arts manager based in Toronto, Canada. Zaidi’s work has been funded and supported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, BravoFACT! Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, and the National Film Board of Canada. Alongside her independent film work, Zaidi has held multiple roles at local arts organizations and festivals and currently holds the position of Associate Programmer at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Executive Director at the Breakthroughs Film Festival.
The summer of 2020 will see the ninth cycle of our Unsung Voices Youth Video Production Programme for new filmmakers. This tuition-free bootcamp is a summer-long intensive training that takes participants on every step of the way towards making their very first short film. It provides young Asian Canadians who have a keen interest in film the necessary skills to express themselves as artists, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story on screen. Films will receive a world premiere at the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2020 .
Unsung Voices 9 applications open April 15, and programme director Aram Collier will be available to answer your questions about the application process and what you can expect from participating in the programme. As an alumnus of the 2016 edition of Unsung Voices (cycle five), Haaris Qadri will be on hand to provide a first-person perspective of the programme.