ALICE IL SHIN 신일 is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. Since then, she has been working in Japan, Korea, the USA, and Canada as a director, producer and editor. She now resides in Canada as a permanent resident since 2017.
Alice’s work takes an interest in Asian-Canadian experiences similar to her own. Her debut Canadian short film, Haru’s New Year (2018), was shown at film festivals worldwide with numerous awards, though she is most proud of its positive reception among local communities and schools within Southern Ontario, Canada.
The following year, her elegiac short film Signal Fire (2019) was hosted at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham while making its festival run. Her first short documentary, CBC Arts: Emma Nishimura (2020), showcases an artist whose experimental creations demonstrate the human cost of the Japanese internment in Canada.
Continuing on the theme of Japanese-Canadian internment, her documentary Home and Native Lands (on-going) is currently supported by the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Canada Council for the Arts with mentorship from the 2020 Hot Docs X Netflix Accelerator Lab and 2022 Breakthrough Development Lab by DOC Institute.