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“Jump Ashin!” & “Buddha Mountain” Take Reel Asian Fest Prizes

'Jump' & 'Buddha' Nab Reel Asian Fest Prizes

The 15th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival closed out earlier this week, screening 60 films from 12 countries. “Lin Yu-shien’s “Jump Ashin!” took the fest’s Audience Award, while the Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film Award went to “Buddha Mountain,” by Chinese director Li Yu.

Highlights from the fest include the opening night gala presentation of “Lover’s Discourse” from Hong Kong, the Canadian shorts program ‘Trailblazers,’ the world premiere of Vietnamese-Canadian feature film “Pearls of the Far East” and the new media exhibition ‘Lost Secrets of the Royal.’ “Buddha Mountain” closed out the festival, with lead actor Chen Po Lin in attendance.

The 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival winners with information provided by the event:

Reel Asian Audience Award: “Jump Ashin!” (Taiwan 2011) by Lin Yu-hsien

The Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film Award: “Buddha Mountain,” (China 2010) by Li Yu

National Ban Best First Feature Film Award: “The Journals of Musan” (South Korea 2010) by Park Jungbum

Jury Honourable mention: “Piercing 1” (China 2009) by Liu Jian

Animasian Award: “In a Pig’s Eye” (Japan 2010) by Atsushi Wada

Jury Honourable Mention: “Sketchi” (Canada 2010) by Lily Sun

Movieola Best Short Film or Video Award: Une Chanson d’Hiver” (A Winter Song – Canada 2011) by Aonan Yang

NFB Best Canadian Film or Video Award: “Les Cordes de Muybridge” (Muybridge Strings – Canada/Japan 2011) by Koji Yamamura

WIFT – T Award: “The Sugard Bowl” (Canada 2011) by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson

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