This moderated panel discussion will focus on the ‘possibilities’ that have opened up to talent of Asian descent in the media ecosystem. Each panelist will share their knowledge from the role they currently hold in the industry. This is your chance to learn what’s available for Asian creatives in the film area, programs, and how to apply. Join us for this lively discussion.
Gabriel Yee is a Calgary based film maker with 403K Films. He has won top honours for a film in the Big Rock Short Film Festival and works in both commercial and documentary productions. He also completed an episode for CBC Gem’s documentary series “Canada’s A Drag” as well as started production on a documentary for the “Calgary Chinatown Artist in Residency” in 2021. With his expertise, he will be directing and co-hosting the podcast series.
In 2007 Luke joined Calgary Economic Development as the Commissioner for Film, Television and the Creative Industries, Luke works with Studios, government, unions & producers in Southern Alberta to facilitate and develop local projects and attract new foreign film, television & digital media productions to Alberta. Prior to joining CED, Luke was the Director of the Creative Electronic Environment, as well as the Banff New Media Institute and the Acting Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre, where he developed and directed television and interactive media facilities and personnel. Prior to Banff, he was owner operator of VisionWorks Commercial Productions. Luke worked with Hockey Canada through four Olympic Games as well as numerous Junior and Women’s World Championships. During this period Luke also was the broadcast liaison for the Calgary Flames hockey operations. In 2014 Luke was named as one of Venture Magazine’s 50 most influential Albertans.
Christine Chiu is a Business Analyst at Telefilm Canada, on the Canada Media Fund’s Program Administration (CMFPA) team. As a member of the CMFPA, she helps administer a number of funds, including the Pilot Program for Racialized Communities, English Regional Production Bonus and Performance Envelope programs. Prior to Telefilm Canada, she worked for the funding agency Creative BC, and has over ten years experience in business affairs working for independent production companies.
Evilyn Zhang is a Business Analyst of the Canada Media Fund’s Program Administration (CMFPA) team at Telefilm Canada. Evilyn is a Phase II analyst, reviewing and analyzing projects in the closing phases under current CMF programs. Evilyn has over ten years of experience in the film and television industry, working for independent producers across Canada.