Reel Asian is also pleased to announce that the AnimAsian Award will be renamed the Michael Fukushima AnimAsian Award. Co-founded in 2008 by animator Ann Marie Fleming, the AnimAsian award recognizes a film in selection for its excellence in animation. The cash award was also grassroots-driven to show that anyone can contribute to an award. Over the years, many artists in the community have supported it—including Michael himself. In March 2021, after more than 30 years in the trenches, Michael announced his retirement as Executive Producer of the English Animation Studio at the NFB. To honour Michael’s significant contribution to the animation community as a creator and mentor, Reel Asian is renaming the AnimAsian award in honour of his legacy. The recipients of these awards and many others will be announced at our online Awards Ceremony during the festival. Any amount is appreciated!
On Reel Asian’s 25th anniversary, Reel Asian establishes the Fire Horse Award in honour of Reel Asian co-founder and award-winning producer, Anita Lee. Signifying the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for Asian Canadian cinema, the Fire Horse Award recognizes an Asian-Canadian member of the film and media arts community who demonstrates the qualities of the Fire Horse in their work. It recognizes their remarkable body of work, in anticipation of future contributions to the fields of film, television, media arts, and other screen-based practices.
The inaugural award winner will be selected by an independent jury and will be announced this November during the festival. We thank you for your donation of any amount to the award.
Please join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary with your most generous donation. Your donations help us to realize and sustain the visions of a better, more diverse working environment for Asian Canadian creatives. Reel Asian is a registered charitable non-profit that champions the future of diverse storytelling in Canada by advocating for Asian representation in the media arts. Thank you for your support!
In 2021, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is celebrating 25 years as a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by Asian artists 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.