Friday, May 28th @ 4PM

LAUNCH EVENT:
A CONVERSATION WITH MFM

Join us for our opening event to launch the first annual FascinAsian Film Festival!

Join us for our opening event to launch the first annual FascinAsian Film Festival! Watch the opening greetings by Minister Bardish Chagger, followed by President and Chair, Alan Wong welcome dignitaries to give greetings, as well as have a more in-depth discussion with Manitoba Film & Music about the importance of diversity in the film & television industry, and what MFM can offer to filmmakers wanting to tell their stories.

Streaming live on the FascinAsian Facebook page, and FascinAsian YouTube channel!

GUEST

Minister Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, she is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community.

In an earlier role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Minister Chagger worked to foster diversity within the community and provide opportunities for social and economic engagement. As an executive assistant to former Member of Parliament Andrew Telegdi, she gained a deep understanding of the issues of importance to residents of Waterloo, including manufacturing, technology, and innovation.

Passionate about community involvement, Minister Chagger has lent her support to many different causes and organizations, including the Rotary Club of Waterloo, Interfaith Grand River, and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. Minister Chagger considers herself part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms generation, and has participated in policy conferences on many issues, including the advancement of same-sex marriage rights and a national manufacturing strategy.

She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, the Waterloo Region Record recognized Minister Chagger as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.

HOST

Alan Wong is a founding member of the FascinAsian Film Festival and the Festival Manager of the Gimli Film Festival. He also serves as Vice-President of the ACTRA Manitoba branch council. Alan holds an Arts & Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg and a Music degree from Brandon University.

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Yenny Trinh is a practicing lawyer and is one of the founding partners at Mercado Trinh Law LLP. She has been practicing for the last 20 years in the areas of real estate law, corporate commercial law, immigration, and wills and estate. She was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1985. Except for two years spent in Toronto, she grew up and attended school in Winnipeg. At the University of Manitoba, she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a Bachelor of Laws Degree.

Yenny is presently the President of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba, after being a long time board member. Over the years, she has been a board member of various non-profit and charitable organizations in Winnipeg, including The Free Vietnamese Association of Manitoba, Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam, The Vietnamese Folk Dance Association of Manitoba, SCE Lifeworks Inc. and Innovative LIFE Options Inc.

GUEST

LOUISE O’BRIEN-MORAN
Director of Film Financing, Tax Credits & Film Commission Services at Manitoba Film & Music

Louise O’Brien-Moran is the Director of Film Financing, Tax Credits and Film Commission Services for Manitoba Film & Music and has been a significant driver of production since joining the statutory corporation more 18 years ago. Her expertise in physical production has contributed to significant growth in the service production sector for the province. In her capacity as Director of Film Financing, she has overseen the investment of more than 40 feature films and over 150 hours of prime-time TV series, as well as a considerable number of factual and documentary programs. With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, Louise has worked as a Unit Publicist, Production Coordinator, Location Manager and Assistant Director for feature films and television series. She is committed to career development in the film industry, having previously instructed for Film Training Manitoba and served as a film industry liaison for the Heshka Institute of Digital Innovation (HIDI) resulting in more than 10 graduates securing work in the film industry. Louise has recently been appointed to the Creative Media Program Advisory Committee (PAC) in the School of Business at Assiniboine Community College. Committed to supporting Manitoba content creators and creative entrepreneurs that choose Manitoba for their productions, Louise thrives on seeing Manitobans succeed be it as Producers, Directors, Writers or as part of the valuable technicians and production personnel that are vital to the final production value of any content. Louise graduated from University of Manitoba with a degree in history and political science.