The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s UNSUNG VOICES Summer Youth Video Production Workshop will provide 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.
Select youth, who may otherwise not be have the opportunity to engage in filmmaking, will be provided the means for producing their own film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (fiction, documentary, experimental). Each work will be produced with fellow workshop participants and within the community. The entire collection of films will receive a world premiere at the 23rd Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2019 and may be considered for additional national and international screenings.
The application deadline is Sunday, May 19th, at 5PM.
- This program is free and there are no fees* required to apply
- Participants must be between ages 18–29
- Basic production costs will be provided during the sessions
- Workshops and learning sessions will be conducted in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2019 (approximately 12 workshop dates, excluding shooting days, orientations & final sessions)
- Participants will learn the necessary skills to complete a video production successfully:
- Technical (writing, visual storytelling, image creation, non-linear digital editing)
- Creative (critical thinking skills about filmmaking & arts practice)
- Management (team leadership, working in groups, planning for production)
- Personal external harddrive with 1TB storage capacity required
The process is intentionally multi-faceted. By encouraging new work with a uniquely Asian Canadian perspective, new media works by young filmmakers who represent the community will contribute to diverse voices and content on screen.
*While there are no fees to apply and be a part of the program, depending on the nature of your project you may have to contribute to costs associated with your production (ex. props, locations).
All sessions are mandatory:
- June 4 – 15: Writing & Pre-production (2 sessions per week)
- June 18 – 29: Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing (3 sessions per week)
- July 2 – August 31: Filming & Post-production Period
*Specific dates TBA. Timeline subject to change.
PROGRAM FACILITATOR – ARAM SIU WAI COLLIER
Aram is a filmmaker, educator, and former film festival programmer. He has a background in documentary, editing the award winning feature documentary Refugee and directing/editing the short doc Who I Became, both which broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States. His subsequent dramatic and experimental film work has played festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. From 2011-2014, his omnibus live music and film project Suite Suite Chinatown toured Canada, Asia, and the United States. In 2017, he completed the Telefilm Canada funded feature film Stand Up Man, which he wrote, directed, edited, and produced. The film had its World premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival and its International Premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival. He is currently directing and editing a short documentary about a family run Chinese restaurant on Christmas for CBC. Based in Toronto, Aram is a mixed race Asian Canadian/American (Chinese and English/Dutch/German) and a San Francisco native who has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from the University of California at Santa Cruz and York University respectively.