Joyce Wong is an award-winning director and writer. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus, the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab, named one of CBC’s 17 for 17' great Canadian filmmakers of the future, and described by the LA Times as “a major talent to watch”.
Her debut narrative feature, WEXFORD PLAZA, is an awkwardly humourous film that screened in competition at Slamdance in 2017, was awarded the Comcast Best Narrative Feature Award by the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco, nominated for the Toronto Film Critics Association's Best Canadian Film Award, and nominated for the John Dunning Discovery Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Her previous films include: THE POWER OF LOVE, a short documentary about Celine Dion fans in Kenya that premiered in Hot Docs in 2011; GENTRIFICATION GUILT METER, an interactive installation completed during a residency at Brooklyn’s Uniondocs Centre for Documentary Arts; EMBODYING TORONTO, which won WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award at the Toronto Urban Film Festival in 2009; and SOUVENIRS FROM ASIA, which won Reelworld Film Festival’s Outstanding Canadian Short Award in 2008.
Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Selected Directing Credits
WEXFORD PLAZA - Fiction Feature, 2017
Nominated: 2018 Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television "John Dunning Discovery Award"
Nominated: 2017 Toronto Film Critics Association's "Best Canadian Film Award"
Winner: 2017 "Comcast Best Narrative Feature Award" at the Centre for Asian American Media's CAAMFEST
Winner: 2017 "Best Narrative Feature Award" at the San Diego Asian Film Festival
Winner: 2017 "Best Actress" at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection: Slamdance Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, St John's International Women's Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival
THE POWER OF LOVE (KENYAN FANS OF CELINE DION) – Documentary Short, 2011
Official Selection: Hot Docs Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Shorts Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival.
EMBODYING TORONTO – Animated Short, 2009
Winner: "WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award", Toronto Urban Film Festival, 2009.
Official Selection: Toronto Urban Film Festival
Exhibitions: 2010 01SJ Biennial
SOUVENIRS FROM ASIA – Fiction Short, 16mm, 2007
Winner: "Outstanding Canadian Short", Reelworld Film Festival, 2008.
Official Selection: CFC Worldwide Shorts Film Festival, Hong Kong Film and Video Awards, San Francisco Int'l Asian Film Festival, DC Asian Pacific Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Berlin Women's Film Festival
BANANA BRUISES - Fiction Short, 16mm, 2006
Winner: "Best Fiction Short", Cinesiege Film Festival, 2006.
Official Selection: Hong Kong Film and Video Awards, San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, Dallas Asian Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and NYU's Next Reel International Film Festival