The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), Canada’s premier pan-Asian festival, today announced its complete programming lineup for the 22nd edition, over 50% of which are directed by women. Returning programmes include Marquee, Vista, Pulse, Reel Asian X, Wee Asian and Reel Ideas. This year’s festival consists of 62 titles from 17 regions including Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad and the United States. The Reel Asian Film Festival will take place November 8 to 16, 2018.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. This year’s festival runs in November 2018 in Toronto and North York. Reel Asian will be showcasing special projects featuring prominent artists, content creators, up-and-coming filmmakers and will also include the “Reel Ideas” program for creative minds in the industry to connect. Works presented at Reel Asian include films, videos, and presentations by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.

The festival’s Marquee section welcomes the stars of the red carpet who are master storytellers that perfect the craft of story, design, acting and adaptation.
Dear ExOpening Night Gala – Taiwan 2018
Wish You Were HereClosing Night Gala – Canada 2018
InuyashikiCentrepiece Presentation – Japan 2018
House of the Rising Sons – Hong Kong 2018
Mirai – Japan 2018
Tomorrow is Another Day – Hong Kong 2017
Ramen Shop – Singapore/Japan/France 2018

Dare to explore outside the box with filmmakers from the Vista Section, as they take you through their worlds of fiction and documentary, reflecting on connections with their community and their culture.
One Cut of the Dead – Japan 2018
High Flash – Taiwan 2018
Dead Pigs – China/USA 2018
Family in the Bubble – South Korea 2017
Origin Story – USA 2018
This Shaking Keeps Me Steady – Pakistan/USA 2018
Nang by Nang – Canada/Trinidad and Tobago
A Time to Swim – Canada 2017
Finding Big Country – Canada/USA 2018
Ulam: Main Dish – USA 2018
Hogtown: The Politics of Policing – Canada 2018

Wee Asian returns for its third year! Kids can explore the art of moviemaking and fuel their creativity through films, crafts, and dance. Wee Asian takes place Saturday, November 10 in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Green Room. This event is free.

PULSE (Shorts Programme)
This year’s shorts programming features thought-provoking films from around the world that encourage discussions on important topics such as race, gender, activism and anxiety.
Spectrum: This collection of shorts shares the intricate and intersectional experiences of the queer Asian community.
Counterbalance: These films address how race, gender and class establish one’s identity.
Entangled Tales: In a world of growing connections, these stories of coincidental encounters and fragile relationships reveal a broader discussion on what it means to be connected.
In Their Words: Touching on labour, activism, migration, and self-perseverance.

The Reel Ideas program blends education and industry at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival. The program provides local emerging talent, visiting delegates and established filmmakers an opportunity to connect and explore multiple facets of Toronto’s entertainment industry. Reel Ideas is an extension of Reel Asian’s ongoing mandate to nourish the growth of Asians in the arts.
Not In Uniform: These films deal with potential and overspilling anxieties in school
Uprooted: These ten shorts cover a range of family intimacies.
Undsung Voices 7: Youth participants of Reel Asian’s intensive summer-long video production workshop will present the World Premiere of their first short films

Reel Asian X showcases film and video projects that stretch beyond the four walls of a cinema.
Homestay: a multi-layered experiment that incorporates the latest in VR technology, from creator Paisley Smith.

Tickets go on sale today on the official website

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"