About FascinAsian
Film Festival

The FascinAsian Film Festival is a culturally specific film festival based in the Prairie region of Canada. The festival celebrates Asian contributions to the film and media landscape and aims to showcase the talents of Asian-Canadian and Asian-American artists in film. We also hope to give local filmmakers and film professionals another place to connect with each other and gather as a community.

FascinAsian is inclusive and open to audiences of all backgrounds and looks forward to sharing these stories and experiences with all members of society.

FascinAsian is volunteer-run and depends on a combination of grants from public arts funders and contributions from corporate sponsors, as well as revenue generated from ticket and pass sales in order to operate.

FascinAsian Film Festival 2022 Poster

Our Vision

FascinAsian Film Festival envisions a world where North American Asian storytellers, performers, and other film & media creatives can have equal access to resources and opportunities to shape and enhance cultural understanding in an insightful and positive way.

Our Mission

FascinAsian is committed to promoting and celebrating Asian perspectives, culture and integrity in film and media. F3 works to foster understanding and appreciation of Asian arts and culture within the Canadian mosaic. F3 aims to highlight the talent of local, national, and international Asian filmmakers, performers, and other media arts creatives. F3 strives to create programming that inspires, educates, and brings the community together in appreciation of the artform and the collective effort by its members.

Our Goals

  • To share and highlight stories from the Asian diaspora and feature Asian talent from Canada and around the world.
  • To educate and inform audiences about the unique Asian-Canadian experience.
  • To offer unique opportunities for education and training in film and media.
  • To create an inclusive, safe and fun environment for Asian artists to share and celebrate their work.
  • To create meaningful dialogue about issues of equal opportunity and equity in the media arts.
  • To build bridges within the community through partnerships and collaboration.
  • To facilitate a multi-day festival of events, supporting these goals.
  • To operate an organization that will be fiscally and ethically responsible and sustainable.

Meet The Board

FascinAsian - Alan Wong

PRESIDENT

Alan Wong

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.

FascinAsian - Karen Remoto

VICE-PRESIDENT

Karen Remoto

Karen Remoto is one of the co-founders of FascinAsian Film Festival and currently works as the Program Coordinator at Winnipeg Film Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film from University of Winnipeg and freelances as a boom operator on independent productions.

FascinAsian - Judy Eng-Hum

DIRECTOR – CALGARY

Judy Eng-Hum

Judy is an active member of the Calgary community and supporting the arts by volunteering and encouraging others to get involved. She is an advocate for entrepreneurship and business mixed with her passion for advancing opportunities for youth and Asian talent. She is excited to support the mandate of FascinASIAN as a board member and support the festival offerings in Calgary.

SECRETARY/COMMUNICATIONS

Jié Yang

Jié Yang has over 12 years combined experience in event planning, website design, and social media coordination with organizations such as the University of Manitoba Arts Student Council, Canadian Teochew Chinese Association of Manitoba, and the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba. He is passionate about positive and diverse representation in media.

FascinAsian - Tommy Inthirath

TREASURER/TECHNICAL

Tommy Inthirath

Tommy is an award-winning Producer and Picture Editor based in Winnipeg, MB. He is the co-founder of FascinAsian Film Festival. Tommy discovered filmmaking at a young age; creating homemade videos, stop-animation, and short films to name a few.

FascinAsian - Jessica Gibson

BOARD MEMBER

Jessica Gibson

Jessica is a manger of programs and development at the National Screen Institute. Prior to that she spent the last decade building a successful career as a film and television producer and production manager.

FascinAsian - Yenny Trinh

BOARD MEMBER

Yenny Trinh

Yenny is corporate commercial lawyer at Mercado Trinh Law LLP. She is a passionate leader in her community, and she believes in representation, equitable access, and inclusion. Over the years, Yenny has been a board member of various non-profit and charitable organizations in Winnipeg. She is presently the President of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.

Meet The Team

FascinAsian - Maria Cristina

Assistant to Regional Manager

Maria Cristina

MC (Maria Cristina) de Natividad is an emerging filmmaker residing in Treaty 1 territory/Winnipeg. She has over a decade of digital storytelling experience which includes video production. Originally from the Philippines, de Natividad is interested in exploring the topics of lost and reclaimed culture and identity.

FascinAsian - Alex Wong

Graphic Designer

Alex Wong

Alex Wong is a creative superhero with an artist’s eye and a programmer’s acuity. Alex has helped businesses large and small reach their marketing potential with creative direction, graphic design and web development. When not generating pixels or wrangling code, Alex enjoys fitness, science, technology and where they intersect with current events. Learn more at creativesuperhero.ca.

FascinAsian - Hailey Chen

Communications Intern

Hailey Chen

Hailey Chen is an international and business major student who is in her senior year of the University of Calgary. She starts her internship journey on FascinAsian as a marketing intern this year and starts learning about the creation of an innovative marketing and media strategy, research into other festivals, idea generation and general administrative support on the festival holding. Growing up within an eastern Asian community and culture, Hailey is enthusiastic to bring up her diverse perspective and cultural experience to her new adventure.

FascinAsian - Julie Wong

Sponsorship Coordinator

Julie Wong

Julie has been a strong advocate for cultural and queer representation in media for as long as she can remember, and she’s excited to bring that passion to the FascinAsian team! While this is her first time working on a film festival, she’s no stranger to the film industry, bringing to the table a wealth of experience in roles ranging from production administration to the box office. Off the clock, you might find her working on her latest writing project in a nearby coffee shop or library.