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RAIN IN 2020 directed by Lee Yong Chao Co-presented with Rendezvous With Madness

Rain in 2020 is an extraordinary documentary film directed by Lee Yong Chao that took seven years to make. Now streaming across Canada from October 27th to November 6th as a part of Rendezvous with Madness.

Writing in the Air: A workshop with Serena Lee and Fan Wu Co-presented with Centre [3]

On September 17, Reel Asian is co-presenting with Centre [3] to present Writing in the Air: A workshop with Serena Lee and Fan Wu. Part of the exhibition at Centre [3] Main Gallery, titled "Serena Lee: Playing the Mountain" from August 26 to October 8, 2022, this workshop experiments with different materials and techniques to explore where words come, how we learn and use them where we are them.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show screening THE GRANDMASTER

Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster creates an intimate world in the golden age of Chinese Martial Arts, showcasing the lyrical movements of both the art of Kung Fu and the art of love. The Grandmaster is screening in co-presentation with Toronto Outdoor Picture Show on August 21.

The Host Co-presented with TIFF’s Summer of Seoul

Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Bong Joon-ho's THE HOST is screening in co-presentation with TIFF on August 20.

Burning Co-presented with TIFF’s Summer of Seoul

On August 28, catch Lee Chang-dong's suspenseful psychological drama BURNING co-presented with TIFF's Summer of Seoul on August 28.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Co-presented with TIFF’s Summer of Seoul

Lady Vengeance is a perilous venture into the psychology of a woman pursuing her personal sense of justice — without ever finding salvation. This Park Chanwook classic is screening on July 22.

Shang-Chi Under the Stars at Regent Park

Our friends at Regent Park Film Festival are hosting their annual summer screening series again this year, but this time, in-person! Join us on July 13 for our co-presentation of Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings featuring Simu Liu.

Tonbi directed by Takahisa Zeze at Lavazza IncluCity Film Festival

After the beloved death of his wife, a widower pulls himself together to bring up his only son. Reel Asian is co-presenting this heartfelt story with ICFF Canada at Lavazza IncluCity Film Festival on July 13.

Hum Do Hamare Do directed by Abhishek Jain at Lavazza IncluCity Film Festival

On July 2nd, don't miss this Indian comedy flick about how an orphan man's life takes a hilarious turn when he decides to hire a duot o fake being his parents in an attempt to fulfil his lover's wish of marrying someone with a family.

RRR – The Telugu Blockbuster’s Downtown Toronto Premiere!

Reel Asian along with The Laser Blast Film Society brings a one-night only presentation of the Indian blockbuster RRR!

Unsung Resung Screening & Reception

In 2020 and 2021, Reel Asian’s Unsung Voices program for first-time and emerging filmmakers was conducted and exhibited online. Two years of remote productions, eight emerging filmmakers from across Canada who only met online, these artists told stories inspired by the themes of interiority and proximity. Far from unseen but finally these Unsung Voices will be “re-sung” for the first time together with a live audience at this celebration of blooming creativity.

In the Wake directed by Takahisa Zeze in Co-presentation with Toronto Japanese Film Festival

Catch the Canadian Premiere of this intense suspenseful thriller that touches on themes of collective responsibility, the limits of compassion and the stigma surrounding welfare in Japan.

Quickening directed by Haya Waseem in Co-presentation with Future of Film Showcase x TIFF Next Wave

A story about alienation and belonging. A Pakistani Canadian teenager loses her virginity at college, only for her first love to break up with her. This feature film will be screened alongside 2 shorts: ABUELA by Rebeca Ortiz and EVE PARADE by Rebeccah Love.

Generations in Co-Presentation with Breakthroughs Film Festival

Dive into a collection of short films with stories linked together by milestones, ancestry and a human connection to where we all began. This program features So You Think You Can Pitch? finalist filmmaker Tigris Alt Sakda's film ORHODA and 2021 Reel Asian Film Festival participant Alice Liu's FICTIONS.

Double Happiness by Mina Shum on June 2 at The Revue

Don't miss Mina Shum's debut feature DOUBLE HAPPINESS at Revue Cinema on June 2 co-presented with We Really Like Her.

Doors Open – Blooming Intimacies: The 401 Commons Film Curation

Together, imagineNATIVE, Reel Asian, FADO, VTape, and SAVAC collectively known as the 401 Commons are pleased to present The 401 Commons Film Curation. We invite visitors into the Bachir Yerex gallery space to view a rotation of films hand-picked by this year's leading curators Kaitlynn Tomaselli and Kelly Lui. 

Cheuk Kwan, writer of Have You Eaten Yet? and director of Chinese Restaurants, in conversation with Karon Liu

Join director Cheuk Kwan and journalist Karon Liu as they talk about how the documentary series inspired Kwan’s memoir/travelogue “Have You Eaten Yet?” for a special Asian Heritage Month event on May 2.

Watch SCARBOROUGH on National Canadian Film Day April 20

Join us for a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema. Reel Asian is excited to present a FREE special screening of the critically acclaimed film Scarborough by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson as a part of National Canadian Film Day. The screening is followed by a Q&A with one of the film’s stars, Ellie Posadas.

Unsung Voices 2022 Info Session

Reel Asian is excited to open applications to Unsung Voices: Youth Video Production Workshop in its 11th year. To help applicants prepare their application, an info session will be held online on April, 14 at 7:00 PM ET.

Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program: Lessons Learned

Applications for Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program through the industry partner stream with Reel Asian are now open. Join us for an informative talk with Randall Okita, Priscilla Galvez, and Martin Edralin on Feb 22 at 7PM EST. Hear from the talented filmmakers who’ve made their first feature film through Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch program. This digital session aims to provide advice, tips and lessons learned from their experience making a first feature film.

2021 Festival Live Events Listing

Reel Asian features live Q&As, artist talks, panels & special events every day of the festival - see them all at a glance to get the most out of your festival experience!

You Be Seen: UBC Alumni Showcase

Reel Asian is excited to partner with UBC Faculty of Arts & Alumni UBC to present this showcase of emerging UBC alumni filmmakers on our CineSend portal from Oct 8-15, 2021.

Free Online Encore Screening of The Paper Tigers

Join us for an online encore screening of action comedy, The Paper Tigers by director Tran Quoc Bao starring Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins on August 28!

Free Drive-in Screening of The Paper Tigers with DriveInTO at CityView

Join us for a drive-in movie presentation of action comedy, The Paper Tigers by director Tran Quoc Bao starring Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins at Cityview Drive-in Polson Pier on Tuesday August 24! Advance tickets are required.

Free Outdoor Screening of Daft Punk, Leiji Matsumoto, and director Kazuhisa Takenouchi’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Join us for Reel Asian's first in-person event with Toronto Outdoor Picture Show. We're presenting Daft Punk, Leiji Matsumoto, and Kazuhisa Takenouchi's masterful film that serves as a visual companion to Discovery, the second studio album by Daft Punk. Advance tickets are required.

Place Settings: Routes and Rituals

Reel Asian is excited to partner with Critical Distance Centre for Curators on their durational exhibition Place Settings with a selection of video-based works presented on VUCAVU’s online platform for free from July 14-18, 2021.

Unsung Voices 2021 Info Session

Reel Asian is excited to open applications to Unsung Voices: Youth Video Production Workshop in its tenth year. To help applicants prepare their application, an info session will be held online on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET.

Free Asian Heritage Month Screening and Panel Discussion of Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Join us for a special Asian Heritage Month screening and panel discussion of the Oscar-nominated documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Level Up Your Game Behind the Scenes April 14 Industry Session

Are you developing your first feature live action or documentary film, first web series, or first TV pilot? Are you looking to apply for funding or pitching to funders for your next project? If you are, this is a good time to think about your plans and level up your producing chops. 

Watch Joyce Wong’s Wexford Plaza on National Canadian Film Day April 21

Join us on National Canadian Film Day for a special presentation of Joyce Wong's WEXFORD PLAZA.

Yue Moon: A CreateSpace Artist Talk

Building upon last year's Yue Moon project, artists PUFF Paddy and Winnie Truong meet to discuss community-engaged public art. Join the free Virtual Artist Talk on March 25th from 4:30pm to 6pm. ASL interpretation, closed captioning, and English to Mandarin translation will be available throughout this event.

We Were SMART Screening

Based on in-depth interviews with migrant workers born in the 1990s and 2000s, Director Yifan Li tells the stories of China’s Sha-ma-te (referred to as SMART) subculture in his film We Were SMART. Join us for a free online screening of the film, viewable from Feb 18 at 7pm ET to Feb 19 at 7pm ET.

Minari Advance Screening

Join us for an online advance screening of Lee Isaac Chung's Minari. Viewable from Feb 5 at 9pm ET to Feb 6 at 9pm ET followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the director and cast, hosted by Sandra Oh.

Codes of Contact Info Session

Sign up for the first public update about the Codes of Contact incubator initiative, live-streamed 7:00-8:00PM on Fri Oct 30.

Festival Live Events Listing

Reel Asian features live Q&As, artist talks, panels & special events every day of the festival - see them all at a glance to get the most out of your festival experience!

Fall Film Festival Digital Tasting Tour

Seven fall film festivals are joining forces to offer each other's audiences a selection of free programming designed to ease the burdens of social restrictions in the Greater Toronto Area.

Queen of the Morning Calm Screening and Live Q&A

Join us for an online screening of Queen of the Morning Calm Oct 9 – 12 with a live Q&A on Oct 10 with director Gloria Ui Young Kim and cast member Eponine Lee.

#ReelAsian24 is going Digital! Online festival coming this November

The 24th edition of Reel Asian is going online, and for the first time ever across Canada this November 12 – 19!

Drive-in Movie Event: BE WATER

In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films.

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