CTFF 2018: Opening Ceremony, Film Screenings and the Return of Angelina Jolie!

Our CTFF 2018 Open Remark Speaker: ELLEN WONG

Ellen Wong is an internationally acclaimed, SAG and ACTRA award nominated actress from Toronto, Canada. Her career began after a global casting search landed her the breakout role of Knives Chau in Universal Studios’ cult classic Scott Pilgrim VS The World. Ellen is currently playing Jenny Chey (aka Fortune Cookie) on Netflix’s Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated show GLOW, which hails from executive producer Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black). Ellen has been cast in numerous other TV shows and films, including her starring role as “Jill Chen” on CW’s Carrie Diaries, along with a recent turn in Audience Network’s Condor. Most recently, Ellen headlined the independent Cambodian film In The Life of Music, which won the Audience Award at the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival. Ellen is currently an Ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey, a campaign dedicated to fighting for gender equality in the film and television industry. She also a Committee Member of the Cambodia Town Film Festival and The Haing S. Ngor Foundation

CTFF 2018 Blessing Dance: KHMER ARTS ACADEMY

Khmer Arts Academy is dedicated to fostering the vitality of Cambodian dance and music across borders. A natural extension of the work of its founding artistic director, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, the organization sees itself as a nexus of arts and culture in a transnational community that is endowed with wonderful traditions and that is looking for ways of using those traditions to improve its quality of life. Through its numerous programs, it seeks to create a continuum of recruitment, training, research, outreach, creation and performance that develops accomplished artists, compelling works of art and diverse, informed audiences.

ANGELINA JOLIE made another surprise return to CTFF. Last year, 2017, Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung and Rithy Panh attended the West Coast Premiere of their film ‘First They Killed My Father’, at CTFF.