CISS Project Coordinators

José Torrealba is a graduate of Concordia University with a BFA in film production. After finishing his degree, he co-founded an independent video and film production company in Montreal, Canada. He also worked as an assistant director, video editor and camera person as a freelancer for other video production companies to gather experience. Before heading south to New England, United States, Torrealba worked with the National Film Board of Canada directing a documentary project as part of a competition award.

Once in Providence, Rhode Island, Torrealba became the Executive Director of the Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF), and then co-founded the New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (NEFIAC). At the same time, Torrealba was offered a job as Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) as their Outreach Coordinator for his knowledge in Latin American cinema and his community experience. His position as the Festival’s Director not only allowed him to develop the Center’s connections, but also to expand the CLACS’ recognition and outreach to the Hispanic, Portuguese and Haitian local population, as well as the general community all at the same time.

Torrealba moved to Sydney, Australia in August 2013 and started at the University of Sydney’s Centre for International Studies about six months later as a Projects Coordinator. He is currently completing a Masters in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology Sydney.

Raelene Loong has a background in fine arts and communications, majoring in photography, media production and graphic design from the College of Fine Arts, the University of Technology in Sydney, and Design Centre Enmore respectively. She has worked across multiple disciplines including film production, film distribution, marketing and scheduling for television, graphic design and more recently in public outreach for film festivals.

Prior to joining the Centre for International Security Studies in April 2013, Raelene was involved with the Korean Film Festival in Australia as their Marketing and Digital Content Coordinator for five years, where she developed her experience in public outreach, event coordination and marketing. She was also part of the Korean Cultural Office’s weekly Korean film night as their technical coordinator, programmer and graphic designer.

Raelene comes from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she grew up before moving to Sydney in 2005. In her spare time, she works freelance in design, is an avid film buff and enjoys rock climbing.