Tuesday, November 6, 2012
16th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival begins today at Toronto's Isabel Bader Theatre with a screening of Han Yan's 第一次 (First Time). The film is a Hong Kong remake of the Korean film 아이앤지 (...ing) and is about a romance between a shy college student and the leader of a rock band. The director Han Yan will be in attendance. After the screening, the opening night party takes place at Crown Princess, $15 or free with opening night screening ticket.
The closing night film will be the Korean film 건축학개론 (Architecture 101) by 이용주 (Lee Yong-Ju). It too is a film about first love. Writer-director Lee will be in attendance at the screening.
Other features being screened at the festival include Romeo Candido's Prison Dancer, 물고기 (A Fish) by 박홍민 (Park Hong-min), The Mirror Never Lies by Kamila Andini, Graceland by Ron Morales, and Debbie Lum's Seeking Asian Female. Next week in Richmond Hill, the screenings continue with features including 浮城 (Floating City) by 嚴浩 (Yim Ho) and Yang Chung's The Fruit Hunters.
Starting tomorrow, the festival hosts an outstanding industry series that includes at least one free session per day of the series. An industry pass provides access to ticketed events such as the Scriptwriting Masterclas, Business/Legal Masterclass and Speed Dating with industry professionals.
The 16th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival runs from November 6-11 in Toronto, Nov 16-17 in Richmond Hill.
REEL ASIAN INDUSTRY SERIES 2012 SCHEDULE (NOV 7-11)
Industry Series sessions take place at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street) unless noted otherwise
* Indicates FREE event for the public
WEDNESDAY, NOV 7
SCRIPTWRITING: HOW TO WRITE A FEATURE FILM THAT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE
Part 1 - MASTER CLASS (Pre-registration required) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Part 2 - SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
A two-part scriptwriting workshop led by story editor Elke Town (Storyworks)
GET YOUR FILM TO MARKET | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn how to leverage festival activity into a sale for your film.
With: Jennifer Chen, Vice President Programming (Channel Zero)
*RENAISSANCE FILMMAKERS | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | FREE
Perfect for anyone interested in career possibilities in our new media world.
With: Aleysa Young, Commercial Director (Untitled Films); Nathalie Younglai, Writer-Director; Norman Wong, Photographer
Additional guests TBA
THE ART OF PRODUCING ART - CANADIAN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | INNIS TOWN HALL (2 Sussex Ave., University of Toronto)
Award-winning producer Michael Fukushima investigates the role of creativity and discusses producing.
With: Michael Fukushima, Producer (National Film Board of Canada)
THURSDAY, NOV 8
*ARTIST TALK: KIM MYUNG-MOOK (STATELESS THINGS) | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | FREE
Internationally acclaimed indie filmmaker Kim Myung-mook (Stateless Things) delves into his dark, dreamy and fragmented parable set in the heartless megacity of Seoul.
Moderated by: Jon Davies, Curator (Oakville Galleries)
With: Kim Myung-mook, Director (Stateless Things)
BUSINESS & LEGAL ‘FUN’DAMENTALS
PART 1 - MASTER CLASS (Pre-registration required) - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
PART 2 - BUSINESS & LEGAL WORKSHOP - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Proactive business affairs and legal experts help prepare your production for maximum financial success. Workshop preceded by a hands-on, one-on-one business plan assessment.
Moderated by: Karla Bobadilla (Lewis Birnberg Hanet)
With: Eric Birnberg & Thomas Walden (Behind The Scenes Services); Frank Manzo, Account Manager, TV & Motion Picture Group (National Bank)
FRIDAY, NOV 9
*FOOD FOR THOUGHT | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | FREE
Geek out with a diverse group of cineastes and food-lovers who will begin at the intersection where food meets film. Expect a cornucopia of insight into the community of food and the rise of its culture.
Moderated by: Karon Liu, Food Writer (The Grid)
With: Richard Fung, Director (Dal Puri Diaspora); Althea Balmes, Director (Suman Ladies); Yung Chang, Director (The Fruit Hunters). Additional guests TBA
*MASTER CLASS: DAVID WU (COLD STEEL) | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | FREE
Feature film veteran David Wu Tai-wai leads a session on the art of editing while sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the action-packed Cold Steel.
Moderated by: Alice Shih, Film Critic (Fairchild Radio)
With: David Wu Tai-wai, Director (Cold Steel); Colin Geddes, Programmer (Toronto International Film Festival)
*QUEER FILM | 1:00PM – 3:00PM | University College, Room 179, U of T | FREE
A discussion about today’s essential queer and identity issues will be hosted by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
With: Kim Myung-mook, Director (Stateless Things). Additional guests TBA
SPEED DATING | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Pre-registration required
Gain valuable knowledge, guidance and/or make a great impression for your current or next project during these one-on-one meetings with industry experts and seasoned professionals.
Mentors: Brad Horvath, Head of Acquisitions and Domestic Sales (Ouat Media); Linda Fong, Independent Production Officer (TVO); Magali Simard, Short Cuts Canada Programmer (Toronto International Film Festival); Paritosh Mehta, Director, Independent Production Development (Rogers Media); David Wu Tai-wai, Director (Cold Steel); Patricia Lee, Manager of Development, TV Interactive (Corus Entertainment). Additional guests TBA
$20 (includes Meet Market) | Free for Passholders
MEET MARKET | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cool off at our Industry Hub, chat with a Speed Dating Mentor over a drink or make a few creative connections with new acquaintances.
$5 | Free with Industry Series Pass
SATURDAY, NOV 10
*TRANSMEDIA WORLD EXPRESS | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO | FREE
Next stop: Transmedia success! A survey of hybrid projects and discussion about everything they’ve been getting right, the challenges involved in producing for multiple platforms, utilizing the popular web series format and making real connections with an audience.
Moderated by: Anthea Foyer (Transmedia 101)
With: Romeo Candido, Director (Prison Dancer); Ana Serrano, Producer (Prison Dancer); Jay Ferguson, Creator (Guidestones). Additional guests TBA
*3D FLIC & CFC MEDIA LAB PRESENTS: 3D FOR REAL | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO | FREE
Use 3D technology to further storytelling on an independent budget. Witness the rich possibilities of this type of filmmaking that incorporates 3D to extraordinary effect.
Moderated by: Guest TBA (CFC Media Lab)
With: Park Hong-min, Director (A Fish), Ali Kazimi (3D Flic), Laurie Wilcox (3D Flic). Additional guests TBA
CO-PRODUCTIONS: ASIA & NORTH AMERICA | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO
With strong ties being forged between North America and East, Southeast and South Asia, filmmakers join industry professionals to share valuable insight about their ‘co-pro’ experiences, what to watch out for and the mechanisms that facilitate these partnerships.
With: David Wu Tai-wai, Director (Cold Steel); Han Yan, Director (First Time); Yim Ho, Director (Floating City); Yung Chang, Director (The Fruit Hunters); Gloria Lo (Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office); Sidney Chiu, Producer (SC Productions); Jiang Yangming (China Lion Entertainment). Additional guests TBA
SUNDAY, NOV 11
*SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PITCH? Live Finale | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Royal Cinema
Join the action and glory as pre-selected finalists pitch their short film project in just six minutes to a jury and live audience. Winners to be announced at the 3D Flic & CFC Media Lab Industry Reception, which follows the Live Finale.
New Pitch Jury 2012: Silva Basmajian, Executive Producer, Ontario Centre (National Film Board of Canada); Paritosh Mehta, Director of Independent Production Development, OMNI (Rogers Media Inc.); Richie Mehta, Director (Amal) will be joined by Special Guest Juror and Director David Wu Tai-wai (Cold Steel). Hosted by Keith Cole, Performer and Filmmaker.
3D Flic & CFC Media Lab Industry Series Reception | Sun Nov 11 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Winners of So You Think You Can Pitch? competition Live Finale to be announced here.
ACCESS TO INDUSTRY SERIES EVENTS
Industry Series Pass—$40/$36** The Industry Series Pass is transferable and provides you with access to every Industry Series session, access to the Monarch Festival Hub and excellent networking opportunities. Plus, you can use your pass to redeem up to four complimentary tickets good for any regular screenings (excluding Opening and Closing Night; including Richmond Hill).
**Discount applies to students with valid current ID, seniors over 65 (no ID required) and group sales (by arrangement).
All Industry Series sessions have limited enrolment and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Pre-registration required where noted. To register, please email us at email@example.com.
INDUSTRY SERIES VENUES
Reel Asian Industry Hub - No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College Street @ Bathurst
The Royal, 608 College Street @ Clinton