Vancouver Asian Film Festival's entire Executive Team is volunteer-based.
Festival Director and MAMM Producer
Grace Chin is a marketing communications consultant, event coordinator, content strategist and writer/ editor, currently with Boilingpoint Group. A produced playwright, short film producer, anthologized short fiction writer, and performer, she is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC), and the Union of British Columbia Performers. She has been a board member of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, and coproduces the panAsian script reading series, Scripting Aloud.
Print Traffic Coordinator
My favorite movie is Edward Scissorhands. My guilty pleasure is something too R rated for this bio. My favorite city in BC is Revelstoke because its soooo surreal. My favorite top 3 foods are: Smoked Black cod, Cheesecake and Potato Chips. My fashion statements is to dress in whatever you want because I don't believe in fashion trends.
Alina is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UBC. An aspiring actor, she is passionate about increasing cultural diversity on the screen and stage. She has a knack for comedy, video editing, and ultimate frisbee. She is excited to bring her skills and creativity to the VAFF team!
Seasoned media professional with more than ten years of media and communications experience in varying leadership roles. Proven leader and team player who is skilled at developing content, managing projects and communicating complex issues in strategic, clear and effective ways to reach target audiences.
Akiko is thrilled to join the VAFF executive committee this year. She enjoys working with a variety of people and is very excited to help programming films for VAFF and deliver great ones to audiences. She has a background in film studies, loves watching films and believes in the power of film. Her strong passion of film has motivated her to volunteer with over 10 film organizations in Vancouver since last year, including VAFF 2014. She also likes the outdoors, traveling around the world and meeting new people, culture and food!
Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the lead filmmaker and director for the Chinese Canadian Stories web series which was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Web Series in 2013. In 2016, he released the documentary All Our Father's Relations, which he produced, directed, shot, and edited. Alejandro is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Theatre and Film as well as the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program. Follow him on twitter @alyoshizawa!
Born and raised in the beautiful city of Castlegar, B.C. in the West Kootenay, he has always enjoyed Chinese Canadian history and culture. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music; watch TV, film and documentaries and he is an avid local history buff. He has worked in the local media and broadcast industry for over fifteen years.
Excited to join the wonderful executive team this year, Hannah was born in Korea, moved to Vancouver after living in Singapore. Love outdoor activities and exploring cultural diversity that since high school, went on exchange programs to Japan, Taiwan, and planning on more. First time volunteering for VAFF in 2013 opened a whole new world of film community for Hannah. Since then, been enjoying the opportunity to be part of both independent and major motion picture industry in Vancouver.
Originally from Taiwan, Alex came to Vancouver at the age of 9. A car and motor racing enthusiast from a young age, Alex became a regional racing driver two years ago racing Formula cars in East and West Coast Canada. He is excited to be back with the VAFF team this time as an executive, having first volunteered with the organization in 2015. Alex developed interest in the film industry after participating in local commercial and film shoots in 2014, and has taken workshops to further his understanding of the art. As an individual who is passionate about the Asian culture and film, he looks to embrace and share this passion with VAFF.
Box Office Manager
Vincent Gan has many life passions and the film industry is one of the biggest draws for him. He also has a strong passion to see cultural and various other events happen in the City of Vancouver. Working in the fields of design engineering and education, Vincent seeks to balance an often hectic life by immersing himself in the arts scene. Get to meet him during film screening events, for he would be as enthusiastic about the films as the movie-goers.
Robin has been producing content for film and television for over a decade. In this time, he has produced short films, music videos, promotional videos and feature films "Lucky Stars" (2002) and "The Hollow Ones" (2015). His short film "Joanna Makes a Friend" (2011) won the Audience Choice Awards at the Victoria Film Festival and at the TIFF.kid Toronto International Film Festival. Robin is the Principle Producer of Like Minded Media based in Vancouver.
Caitlin is excited to be part of the executive team of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and to have the opportunity to be part of a community of people who share her love for arts and culture. She enjoys films of all types as well as most other forms of entertainment. She will accept any excuse to party (especially if there are costumes involved) and spends most of her spare time planning the next outing with friends. She is looking forward to meeting many more great people at VAFF this year.
Marketing / Communication Team
Community Partnerships and Audience Development Director
Vincent has been with VAFF for the past six years and is very proud to be part of this unique family of creative and passionate individuals. In his role with VAFF, he works to increase VAFF's visibility to new audiences through strategic partnerships and events. Vincent has worked in the non-profit sector for 16 years, and in the special events field for over 8 years. By day, he manages cultural festivals, concerts, and volunteers at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and also runs events in his off time including a dance social called The Blues Cafe. Among Vincent's favourite things about Vancouver are its love of festivals, vibrant social communities, and its cultural diversity, aspects of the city that Vincent works hard to promote both in and out of VAFF.
Social Media Director
Passionate about all things media and technology-related, Clement's interests include photography, graphic design and of course, film. Through his work and studies, he is an experienced writer, editor, event planner and designer. Drawing inspiration from the world around him, Clement is always looking to discover new things, whether it be music, restaurants or travel destinations, to add to his growing bucket list. Feel free to say hello via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Social Media Editor
Luz is originally from Peru. She came to Vancouver 5 years ago to pursue her undergraduate degree on Marketing and International Business at the University of British Columbia. She truly love travelling and meeting new people on the way. She adore taking pictures, trying new things, keeping up to date with technology and learning foreign cultures. Oh, and she is obsessed with her doggie.
Born in Peru, Briana grew up in northern BC, but moving to Vancouver three years ago felt like coming home. Passionate about film, photography, design, food, music, and travel Briana can be found at anything from Karaoke to concerts and hosting potlucks for her friends or learning another language. Briana has Diplomas in New Media Design and Communications, and Digital Film and Video. She is very excited to be joining the VAFF team this year.
Communication and Copy Writer
Lia Ortiz is a budding marketing professional who was born in Canada, raised in the Philippines, and is now back home re-adapting to Canada life (and weather).
She graduated with a degree in marketing and communications, and has done some PR work and events management to boast! When she isn’t busy catching up on her favorite shows, she likes to go on mini adventures around town, which more often than not leads to food-binging.
Marketing and Communication Assistant
Jenna Masuhara is currently studying Communications for her post-secondary degree. Jenna likes to be an active person, playing various sports and spending time outdoors, but she loves a good movie or book. What got her interested in VAFF is her desire to spread awareness of the different diverse media, both foreign and domestic that is out there in the world and promote independent filmmakers.
Marketing and Communication Manager
Marketing and Sponsorship Director
With over 15 years of experience in the software industry, she is skilled in digital branding, client development, project management, product analysis and the development of service solutions. She is an operating partner of HyBird Media Group, and responsible for corporate development, investment strategies for start-up and enterprise technology companies and the implementation of digital marketing strategies targeting North America and Asia. She is thrilled to be part of the VAFF family.
Digital Production Committees
Website Freelancer: Cliff Lin, Videographer: Bruno Cruz, Neil Colango, Video editor: Alina Wong, Photographer: Alisha Weng, VAFF TV Host: Lee Shorten