Since 1997, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival has gone to great lengths to bring the finest in Asian Cinema to the city every November. Not too long ago branching out from the city proper to include screenings of different films in Richmond Hill after the downtown festivities wrap up, the festival has always adhered to a mandate that includes thoughtful, quality programming first and a keen eye towards the community a very close second.
This year finds Reel Asian’s sense of community growing even further to include South Asian and Indian films to the line-up for the first time ever, marked by this year’s opening night gala, Bombay Talkies (Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00pm, Isabel Bader Theatre), an anthology film that acts as a love letter to Indian cinema.
In addition to the feature film and shorts programming, guests and filmmakers from around the world attend the festival for various business reasons, including the festivals highly lauded pitch competitions (in categories for filmmakers both emerging and established) to turn their filmmaking hopes into realities.
With the 17th annual festival kicking off this evening, Dork Shelf begins its coverage with a look at many of the film’s playing this year’s line-up. For a full list of films, events, showcases, parties, and other information, check out the Reel Asian website.
REEL ASIAN 2013 REVIEWS
Linsanity (Closing Night Gala)
Tales from the Dark Part 1 (Centerpiece Presentation)