Jeff Chiba Stearns & Su-An Ng | Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Winners

(L-R) Paul Wong, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Su-An Ng, Randall Okita. Photo by Brian Cho
Posted: Fri, 2010-11-19 14:53

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival awards presentation was held during closing night on November 15th. Among the eight awards handed out, two of them went to Emily Carr Animation Alumni, Jeff Chiba Stearns (01) and Su-An Ng (09).

Jeff Chiba Stearns took home the NFB Best Canadian Film or Video Award for his first feature documentary, One Big Hapa Family

Notes from the jury: "An extraordinary work that combines home-movies, history and first person accounts, it is a journey of self-discovery that includes the voices of four generations of a Canadian family. Written, directed and edited by the filmmaker, he has taken the particular and has made it universal in both form and content."

Su-An Ng won the Animasian Award for her first animated short, Nature On Its Course.

Notes from the jury: "Combining multiple techniques, this filmmakerʼs first film has a strong and original approach both technically and conceptually, tackling a complex issue with the lightness of freshly fallen snow."

Jury members included award-winning filmmakers, Paul Wong, Randall Okita and Mishann Lau.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.

As Canada's largest 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. Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to six exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.