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Announcing Four New Board Members

22 May, 2024

Reel Asian is excited to announce the addition of four new board members: Amanda de Souza, Robin Soukvilay, May Cheng, and Meelad Moaphi. These distinguished individuals bring a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds that will enhance Reel Asian’s mission to celebrate and support Asian cinema in Canada.

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Announcing the 2024 Unsung Voices Participants

21 May, 2024

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is excited to announce the 2024 Unsung Voices participants: Assel Akhmetova, Ellen Yuna Ahn, Shelly Bahng, Sofia Habib, Liam Ma, and Lee Nisar!

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Lainey Lui to host the 3rd annual Fire Horse Award Ceremony and Fundraiser

23 Apr, 2024

Lainey Lui, Etalk senior correspondent, will be hosting the 2024 Fire Horse Award Ceremony, adding her signature flair and energy to the occasion! Join us, alongside other special guests, at our award luncheon and fundraiser in support of Reel Asian on May 23rd at the Shangri-La.

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Esteemed Artist Paul Wong Named Recipient of the 2024 Fire Horse Award

18 Apr, 2024

Reel Asian is thrilled to unveil esteemed artist Paul Wong as the recipient of the 2024 Fire Horse Award. With a career spanning over five decades, Wong is a pioneering figure known for his innovative work in visual and media art.

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Reel Asian is Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award

18 Mar, 2024

2022 Reel Asian Awards is nominated for Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction at the Canadian Screen Awards which will be televised in May. The 2022 Reel Asian Awards program serves as both a preservation and embodiment of our mission.

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Join our Board of Directors

14 Feb, 2024

Reel Asian is currently seeking passionate, dedicated and community-oriented individuals to join the Board of Directors.

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Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival opens with Fawzia Mirza’s THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

9 Nov, 2023

On Wednesday night, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival kicked off its 12-day festival with a special red carpet presentation of a light-hearted coming-of-age queer-themed feature about a mother and daughter's relationship set in Toronto and Karachi, directed by Fawzia Mirza.

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Letter from the Board

8 Nov, 2023

A message from the Board. Welcome back to Reel Asian!

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Introducing the 2023 Festival Creative Artist

18 Oct, 2023

As we approach the 27th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, running from November 8–19, 2023, we're excited to introduce this year's Festival Creative Artist, Ben Luu!

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Join Us in Sustaining Reel Asian

19 Sep, 2023

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.

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The inaugural Kalabaw Bursary goes to Patrick de Belen

30 Jun, 2023

Reel Asian is happy to announce the inaugural recipient of the Kalabaw Bursary is Patrick de Belen! A spoken word artist, poet, and filmmaker, the Kalabaw Bursary will go towards his debut feature documentary, Last Note.

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Announcing the 2023 Unsung Voices Participants

6 Jun, 2023

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Unsung Voices participants: Corinne Langmuir, Melvin Daligdig, Ashna Ali, Satrio Prahasto, Kevin Matthew Wong, and Carthy Ngo.

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2023 Fire Horse Award Ceremony

31 May, 2023

The Fire Horse Award recognizes one Asian Canadian member of the film and media-arts community. For her career and ongoing work as a mentor, filmmaker and trailblazer, we at Reel Asian are honoured to present Mary Stephen with the 2023 Fire Horse Award.

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Celebrated editor Mary Stephen Named the 2023 Fire Horse Award Recipient

26 Apr, 2023

Reel Asian is excited to announce that celebrated film editor,  Mary Stephen, is the 2023 recipient of the Fire Horse Award! Stephen has an extensive list of work with 52 credits and four best-editing nominations under her name.

Cinecares BIPOC Crew Training Initiative

24 Apr, 2023

CineSpace Toronto launches new workforce training initiative aimed specifically at BIPOC creatives

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Introducing the Kalabaw Bursary

2 Dec, 2022

A newly announced $5000 grant for an an emerging Filipinx Canadian creator to go towards the post-production of a film already in motion.

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A Look At Our Reel Asian TIFF Reception

20 Sep, 2022

Our Reel Asian TIFF reception brought all kinds of people from the film community together to mingle and snack on the 401 Richmond rooftop patio.

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A Starting Point: Unsung Voices at Minikino Film Week

24 Aug, 2022

Minikino Film Week 8 presents A Starting Point by Reel Asians. Part of their special programme, shorts from Reel Asian's Unsung Voices 10 are in conversation with retrospective 'first films' by Unsung Voice's Founder, Aram Collier, and Program Coordinators, Haaris Qadri and Jennifer Su.

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Unsung Voices 10 presenting at The Cheongju International Short Film Festival

18 Aug, 2022

From August 18 - 22, The Cheongju International Short Film Festival will be screening four amazing shorts from our Unsung Voices 10 as part of their special programme!

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2022 Festival Artwork Reveal

27 Jul, 2022

As the 26th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival nears on November 9 — 20, we’re ecstatic to share #ReelAsian26’s official Festival Creative Artist, Brian Jiang!

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Announcing the 2022 Unsung Voices Participants

28 Jun, 2022

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Unsung Voices participants! Meet Yi Shi, André-Anne Côté, Vivian Li, Samyuktha Movva, Hannah Polinski & Roda Medhat.

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2022 Fire Horse Awards Reception and Ceremony

31 May, 2022

Reel Asian is excited to announce that pioneering filmmaker and the LIFT's founding Chair, Keith Lock, is the inaugural recipient of the Fire Horse Award. Lock has been making films since 1969 and is considered one of Canada's first Chinese Canadian filmmakers.

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Pioneering Filmmaker Keith Lock Named Inaugural Fire Horse Award Recipient

2 May, 2022

Reel Asian is excited to announce that pioneering filmmaker and the LIFT's founding Chair, Keith Lock, is the inaugural recipient of the Fire Horse Award. Lock has been making films since 1969 and is considered one of Canada's first Chinese Canadian filmmakers.

Asian Heritage Month
Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Cheuk Kwan

25 Apr, 2022

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Reel Asian! For the entire month of May, the entire collection of Cheuk's Chinese Restaurants documentary series will be made available through Reel Asian's CineSend portal for FREE. Fifteen episodes are collected into five programmes of three episodes each.

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Reel Asian Stands with the BSO & the Reelworld Screen Institute

8 Apr, 2022

Reel Asian stands in solidarity with the Black Screen Office and the Reelworld Screen Institute in condemning Barry Avrich's statements at the Canadian Screen Awards.

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24 Mar, 2022

Reel Asian is hosting a private in-person community screening of Everything Everywhere All At Once on March 30 at a downtown Toronto theatre. We've partnered with 4 local Asian-owned businesses in an I-spy style contest to increase your chance of winning a prize pack that includes tickets to the screening and top-secret swag from the movie.

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Introducing Anniversary Animations Artists for Reel Asian 25

10 Nov, 2021

In celebration of Reel Asian's 25th Anniversary, the festival commissioned three short works to be shown before each film during the festival. Made with their own interpretation of this year's theme, "Here for the Bigger Picture," we are proud to introduce the work of Sab Meynert, Leslie Supnet, and Kevin Pham.

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Reel Asian 25th Festival Call for Animators

13 Aug, 2021

Reel Asian is commissioning three original short animated videos to celebrate the landmark 25th festival based on our theme “Here For the Bigger Picture” which exemplifies the spirit of cinema and our endeavours for the future. The videos will be featured in the festival’s marketing and festival screenings in November 2021.

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Reel Asian welcomes new board members

23 Jul, 2021

Reel Asian is excited to welcome new board members to the organization including industry leaders and industry vets

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Announcing the 2021 Unsung Voices Participants

23 Jul, 2021

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Unsung Voices participants: Ganesh Thava, James Legaspi, Harman Kang, Weeda Azim.

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#UntilTomorrow campaign celebrates Reel Asian’s history during Asian Heritage Month

1 May, 2021

More free film titles from our 2019 festival have just been added to the official Reel Asian digital archive and directory just in time for Asian Heritage Month

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Reel Asian says “Ok, See You” to Kim’s Convenience

13 Apr, 2021

Reel Asian says "OK, see you" to our favourite Canadian TV family as the Kim's Convenience series comes to an end on CBC.

RA Supports NABET-UNIFOR’s Terminology Reform Initiative

20 Mar, 2021

Reel Asian joins other media organizations & sector unions to support NABET 700-M UNIFOR's new Terminology Reform initiative.

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ACWA Statement on Atlanta Shootings

17 Mar, 2021

Reel Asian supports the Asian Canadian Women's Alliance statement condemning the Atlanta shootings.

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Community Statement in the aftermath of the anti-Asian, white supremacist and misogynistic murder spree of Asian Women in Atlanta

17 Mar, 2021

Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter and Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network) community statement

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RA Film Forum Now Live!

26 Oct, 2020

Reel Asian's community message board, the RA Film Forum, is now live on Discord!

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2020 Festival Artwork Reveal

9 Oct, 2020

Meet the 2020 Festival Creative Artist and see this year's official artwork!

Unsung Voices takes a field trip to TIFF

15 Sep, 2020

Post-production has its perks

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Black Lives Matter Donation and Support

20 Aug, 2020

A message of support and solidarity

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Reel Asian 24 is going digital

10 Aug, 2020

The 24th Edition Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is going online, and for the first time ever across Canada this November 12 – 19!

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