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VAFF Executives

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

Barbara Lee

President | Barbara Lee

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 REELDIVERSITY 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.

Grace Chin

Festival Director and MAMM Producer | Grace Chin

Grace 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.

Programming Team

Colin Hong

Print Traffic Coordinator | Colin Hong

Colin Tse Chu Hong:Favorite movie is Edward Scissorhands. Guilty pleasure is something too R rated for this bio. Favorite city in BC is Revelstoke because its soooo surreal. Favorite top 3 foods are: Smoked Black cod, Cheesecake and Potato Chips.Fashion statement is to dress in whatever you want because I don’t believe in fashion trends.

Dannie Zhao

Programming Assistant | Dennie Zhao

Programming Assistant | Jennifer Jip

Winnie Tam

Programmer | Winnie Tam

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.

Programmer | Al Yoshizawa

Operations Team

Callan Tay

Volunteer Coordinator – Recruitment and Training | Callan Tay

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.

Lucy Lu

Volunteer Coordinator – Logistics | Lucy Lu

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

Event Coordinator | Mark Oh

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.

Filmmaker Liaison – Position Available

Box Office Manager | Vincent Gan

Creative Team

Artistic Director – Ricky Choi

Photo Director – Lisa Wu

Marketing / Communication Team

Allan Cho

Community Liaison | Allan Cho

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.

Clement Woo

Director of Social Media | Clement Woo

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!

Felix Cheng

Social Media Editor | Felix Cheng

25 things about Felix Cheng. Dreamer. Cinephile. Foodie. Coffee addict. (Bubble) Tea drinker. YouTuber. Web series watcher. Smile generator. Grouse Grinder. Biker. Manic organizer. Amateur cook. Amateur illustrator. Curious. Astrophysicist. Positivity engager. Future Chinese chess champion. TV professional. Speaks eight languages. Designer. Photographer. Not a DJ. Writer. Social media guy. All around good guy.

Communications Coordinator | Imelda Nurwisah

Stephanie Fairall

Communications Assistant | Stephanie Fairall

Stephanie Fairall loves watching films, baking (and sampling) delectable treats, and dreaming about future travel destinations. She also enjoys spending her leisure time reading, writing, and coercing her cat into cuddles. She doesn’t go a day without laughing and is most happy when surrounded by friends, family and sunshine. Having recently entered the blogosphere and hopped on the DIY bandwagon, Stephanie is expanding her creativity and putting her love of food, film, fashion, music, and magazines to good use.

Marketing Assistant / Web Administrator | Ashleigh Withall

Marketing Assistant | Vincent Wong

Graphic Designer | Justin Ray

Director of Marketing | Regina Leung