VAFF 17 Executive Team

Wednesday August 21, 2013


Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s entire Executive Team is volunteer-based.

Allan Cho
Community Outreach Coordinator | Allan is active in the community, participating in a number of arts and cultural organizations. After taking a film studies seminar in Hong Kong cinema, he was hooked on the genre. He continued pursuing his film interests in graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, and has written reviews for Yesasia and the Georgia Straight. He continues to study script writing and is currently working on a manuscript project.

Barbara Lee
President | Barbara is a writer and independent filmmaker in Vancouver. She has worked as a broadcast journalist/reporter and received the national Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) Award for Best Editorial in 1998. Her film IN BETWEEN THE LAUGHTER was one of the National Film Board’s REEL DIVERSITY 2004 winners which aired on CBC and PBS. Barbara continues to support North American Asian artists in mainstream media and is currently working on a music documentary about Asians in the music industry as well as finishing her horror screenplay.

Callan Tay
Volunteer Coordinator | Though a generally unthinking bureaucrat in his regular life, Callan’s mind buzzes with questions. Where are we going? What does this mean? How come the best films are often the least famous ones? So, Callan decided to set out to find some of these answers – by volunteering for the VAFF four years ago and then becoming part of the VAFF Executive this year. He still hasn’t found most of his answers but at least he’s thought of a lot more questions along the way.

Clement Woo
Director of Social Media/Editor | 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!

Colin Hong
Print Traffic Coordinator | Colin Tse Chu Hong is an independent investment & insurance advisor during the day, but when the sun goes down his passion for the arts shine. His previous experience includes some television acting as well as being an AV Technician. There is a family connection to Asian performing arts as both his mother and sister have had leading roles in Asian film, television and stage productions. Colin’s just happy Barb called him to help out and get involved.

Dannie Zhao
Festival Programing Assistant | D. Zhao is an indie filmmaker passionate about visual storytelling via both still images and moving images. She began her postgraduate education on film studies in 2007 at the Beijing Film Academy. With an interest in Western culture, she went to Australia in 2009 and completed her Master Degree of Film Studies in 2011 at the University of Sydney then went to study Entertainment Business Management program at the Vancouver Film School. As a creative producer and freelance photographer, she’s been active at the Sydney Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and VAFF.

Danny Berish
Festival Programmer | Danny Berish is a self-taught matador and video storyteller. He’s travelled the world studying under all the great bullfighters and learned one thing; he should stick to video. As a director, editor and cameraman with over ten years experience in television, web, mobile and interactive production, he’s created work for Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, CBC, YTV and IFC. Most recently, he started his own company Plywood Productions with one mission: to save the world, one video at a time.

Felix Cheng
Social Media Writer | Felix has been VAFF’s Social Media Writer for the past two years, and you may have seen him at various VAFF events taking photos on his phone, staring at his phone, and frantically typing on his phone. When this Emily Carr grad is not working for VAFF, Felix freelances in TV land and divides his free time between different outdoor activities and just sitting alone, staring blankly into the void (see adjacent photo).

Grace Chin Grace Chin
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 co-produces the pan-Asian script reading series, Scripting Aloud.

Imelda Nurwisah
Communications Coordinator | Imelda has a passion for community and arts which has taken her in many directions in life. She has been involved with film festivals in Vancouver, Toronto, and Hamburg while pursuing her Masters in Urban Planning at York University. She joins VAFF this year as the Communications Coordinator, shouting for all to hear of the amazing films, people and events the festival has to offer.

Jennifer Yip
Programming Assistant | Jennifer has been watching films with Asian content ever since she discovered her interest in them in high school, and since then, she makes a point of seeking them out, especially films about kick ass Asian Canadians. Last found taking Asian Culinary Arts and working as part of the Chinese Canadian Stories team at UBC making books, project planning, and creating films, Jennifer also loves traveling, trying new things, and talking about history. And rock climbing.

Kathy Leung Kathy Leung
Senior Programmer/Curator | As a writer, sometimes ‘slash’ director, Kathy’s films have screened at numerous festivals, receiving two Golden Sheaf nominations and a Leo award nomination. Her scripts were selected for Whistler International Film Festival’s Short Scripts Competition and twice for CityTV’s Cinecity Initiatives as well as produced for broadcast on CityTV. Last winter, “Red Letters”, an original musical she co-wrote was produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and toured three cities in BC.

Jennifer Lee
Director of Programming | Jennifer is a newbie Director and second year programmer with the festival. With a background in indie production and lifestyle television, her passion is with community productions promoting cultural diversity and alternative living. She is currently an editor for Eat Street on the Food Network, Knowledge Network/BBC Kids and operates High Vibe Productions.

Lucy Lu
Volunteer Co-ordinator | A recent film enthusiast, but longtime supporter of Asian representation in film and popular culture, Lucy is thrilled to be a joining the VAFF executive committee this year. She comes for the volunteers and stays for the fantastic parties. Lucy loves to spend her downtime with her menagerie of assorted animals, a smooth glass of wine, and the occasional dose of cyanide and happiness.

Mark Oh
Volunteer Coordinator | Mark is an independent film enthusiast. Born in Seoul, Mark moved to Vancouver with his family when he was fifteen. His passion for cinema is perhaps influenced by an artistic family (his older brother is an artist and his younger brother is a guitarist). Though he went on to pursue his field in accounting, his infatuation towards the art of filmmaking grows stronger. Mark would like to thank all the filmmakers for fostering cultural diversity in North America, and also VAFF for providing such a wonderful scene.

Mona Mok Mona Mok
Web Content Administrator | Mona is a director with a background in sound design as a graduate from Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design program. Mona’s most recent project is a feature length comedy entitled Everything Louder Than Everything Else which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in 2010. She was also co-director/editor/producer for a feature length documentary about Vancouver indie rock band Ladyhawk’s recording session in an abandoned farmhouse in Kelowna entitled, Let Me Be Fictional.

Winnie Tam
Programmer | French fries, shiitake mushrooms, black-ink pens and films are a few of Winnie’s favourite things. She has a passion for travelling but is always happy to return home in Vancouver – a city that, like the festival, celebrates diversity and allows both sides of her identity to grow and shine. Fluent in English and Cantonese and a writer by trade, Winnie appreciates movies with well-translated subtitles. She is psyched to return to VAFF as a programmer for the second year.