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Join Us in Sustaining Reel Asian:
Help us Reach $50,000

In our remarkable 27-year journey, Reel Asian has brought you the authenticity and diversity of Asian cinema, culture, and storytelling. We’ve celebrated countless moments of inspiration and connection, sharing the magic of film with our wonderful community. However, today we find ourselves facing an unprecedented challenge.

Without adequate funding, we are forced to make painful decisions – not only can we not host the hybrid festival we envisioned, but we are also compelled to cut back on our programming and events. This translates to fewer stories told, fewer voices heard, and fewer chances for Asian talent to be recognized on a global stage.

The financial constraints across the industry have never been this severe, and we are compelled to reach out to you, our cherished supporters, for help.

If you’ve ever found solace, joy, or enlightenment through the films and experiences we’ve brought to Toronto—and in recent years across Canada— if you’ve felt the profound impact of Asian stories on your life, or if you believe in the importance of a platform like Reel Asian, we warmly ask for your support.

The truth is, the challenges we face are not unique to Reel Asian. Across the arts and culture landscape, festivals, and the media industry, organizations are grappling with similar financial strains. It is a testing time for all of us who cherish the power of storytelling and the celebration of diversity.

Your donation, no matter the size, will make a tremendous difference in ensuring that Reel Asian continues to be a beacon of Asian cinema, culture, and artistry for generations to come. With your help, we can overcome these obstacles and continue to inspire, educate, and connect our community through the power of film.

Your support is not just financial; it’s a testament to the enduring spirit of Reel Asian and the importance of the stories we share.

No amount is too small. Donating even just $20 dollars will go a long way in helping us reach our goal of $50,000.

How You Can Help:

Donate: Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation directly contributes to the future of Asian cinema and sustains a diverse, working environment in the industry.

Spread the Word: Share our urgent call for support with your network. Help us reach those who share our passion for diverse storytelling.

Advocate for Change: Join us in advocating for increased support for arts and culture, ensuring our creativity continues to thrive.

Let’s rally for Reel Asian. Together, we can ensure that this festival that has touched the hearts of so many continues to thrive for years to come.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Deanna Wong, Executive Director
Jennifer Shin & Austin Wong, Co-chairs, Board of Directors
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Please note: If you are unable to donate through our website’s ticketing platform, Elevent, an alternative way to donate is through CanadaHelps.
Thank you so much for your support.

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