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    Betty Xie and the Reel Asian Film Fest

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    This is the story of Betty Xie’s exciting journey with the Reel Asian Film Festival. The Fest starts on Thursday, and her brand new short will screen on Monday at the AGO’s Jackman Hall as part of a short film evening called “Rewind, Pause, Play”.

    The Reel Asian International Film Festival is celebrating its 18th year. As usual the fest is celebrating the best of Asia with an impressive 44 films this year including work from China, India, Japan, Korea, Cambodia and many other regions including Canada.

    Betty is a student a U of T and she heard about the “So You Think You can Pitch” competition that has been happening for the last 9 years. The basic idea, show up to the fest and pitch your idea in front a panel of professionals. If you win, cash in your hand to make your movie.

    I spoke to Betty at the Reel Asian press conference and asked her how she got started with so you think you can pitch:

    So picture it. Lots of people at the AGO, judges, and an enthusiastic audience, and it’s your job to convince this rowdy crowd that your film is the one worth investing in. Nerve wracking.

    Betty takes you to the day of the competition.



    That film was made over the last year and it’s called “The Home Promised”. I asked Betty about the what the win meant to her and how she feels about the finished product.

    Betty Xie’s short “The Home Promised” will screen on Monday at the AGO’s Jackman Hall as part of a short film evening called “Rewind, Pause, Play”, more on the festival at reelasian.com

     



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