The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, celebrates its 19th annual edition from November 5 to 15, 2015 with high-profile guests from around the world, screening venues in Toronto, North York, and Richmond Hill, and a special exhibition by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker and artist, Internatiol Okita. This year, Reel Asian will present 72 films from over 10 regions including Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.
This year’s festival will take place November 5 to 15, 2015 in Toronto, North York and Richmond Hill. Highlights include:
- TORONTO OPENING NIGHT GALA:
- DRIVING WITH SELVI (director Elisa Paloschi in attendance, Canada 2015, Ontario Premiere)
- CENTREPIECE PRESENTATION: OUR TIMES (director Frankie Chen in attendance, Taiwan 2015, North American Premiere)
- TORONTO CLOSING NIGHT GALA: SEOUL SEARCHING (director Benson Lee in attendance, USA 2015, Toronto Premiere)
- RICHMOND HILL OPENING GALA: TWO THUMBS UP (director Lau Ho-leung, Hong Kong 2015, Canadian Premiere)
- RICHMOND HILL CLOSING: FULL STRIKE (directors Derek Kwok and Henri Wong, Hong Kong 2015, Toronto Premiere)
- INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES
- CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM (director Jim Choi, USA 2015)
- KIRUMI (director Anucharan Murugaiyan in attendance, India 2015)
- MISS INDIA AMERICA (director Ravi Kapoor, USA 2015)
- OFF THE MENU (director Grace Lee, USA 2015)
INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES
- I AM SOMEBODY (director Derek Yee, China 2015)
- MCDULL: ME & MY MUM (directors Brian Tse, Hong Kong 2015)
- BALI BIG BROTHER (director Toshio Lee, Japan 2015)
INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: CANADIAN PREMIERES
- INITIATION LOVE (director Tsutsumi Yukihiko, Japan 2015)
- INTERNATIONAL FEATURES: TORONTO PREMIERES
- MISS HOKUSAI (director Keiichi Hara, Japan 2015)
- THE ROYAL TAILOR (director Lee Won-suk in attendance, South Korea 2014)
- SITI (director Eddie Cahyono, Indonesia 2014)
- ZINNIA FLOWER (director Tom Lin, Taiwan 2015)
- PORT OF CALL (director Philip Yung in attendance, Hong Kong 2015)
- CANADIAN FEATURES: TORONTO PREMIERES
- MINA WALKING (director Yosef Baraki, Afghanistan/Canada 2015)
- CANADIAN PROGRAMMING:
- Canadian Artist Spotlight with filmmaker Randall Okita in attendance
- Badlands: Shorts Presentation with director Sumit Judge in attendance
- Born to Run: Shorts Presentation with directors Alex Humilde and Aram Collier in attendance
- Hungry Heart: Shorts Presentation with directors Eui Yong Zong in attendance
- Lucky Town: Shorts Presentation with directors Celeste Koon, Shaleen Sangha, and Kendra Legault in attendance
- The World’s A Stage: Shorts Presentation with directors Gloria Kim and Howie Shia in attendance
- PITCH COMPETITION :Reel Asian’s annual So You Think You Can Pitch? competition is back for its 9th year. A collaboration between Reel Asian and post-production facility, Charles Street Video, this competition features prizes with a combined value of more than $35,000 including $4,000 cash from National Bank, and equipment and production services from Charles Street Video valued at $10,000 and $18,000 for the emerging and professional categories respectively. Teams of filmmakers will each have six minutes to pitch their short film projects.
Reel Asian in Richmond Hill:
In response to the growing demand for Asian films outside of the downtown Toronto core, Reel Asian returns to Richmond Hill for the 6th year, to present a weekend of Hong Kong films at the SilverCity Richmond Hill multiplex theatre.
We will be opening our Richmond Hill weekend on Saturday, November 14th with the Canadian premiere of Two Thumbs Up with director Lau Ho Leung in attendance. On Sunday, November 15th the festival wraps up the last day of the festival with Hong Kong helmer Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody and Full Strike, with veteran actress Susan Shaw in attendance.
- NEW PROGRAMMING SECTIONS: MARQUEE, VISTA, PULSE, REELASIAN:XI n response to the growing spectrum of Asian cinema, festival programming has been divided into sections that highlight new genres, master works, and trailblazers that have influenced Asian film culture across the borders. We would like to introduce the 4 new sections of programming this year, entitled MARQUEE, VISTA, PULSE, and REELASIAN:X.MARQUEE titles spotlight gala presentations, featuring notable directors, actors, and writers who have traversed the international red carpet. The films in section VISTA introduce the new wave of critically acclaimed contemporary Asian cinema. PULSE features short films from around the globe, including the world premieres of the Unsung Voices summer workshop. Finally, REELASIAN:X transcends media, genre, and form, introducing a new body of work that expresses the Asian diaspora beyond the traditional.
For a sneak peek at the line-up visit their website.