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During our seven days of dramatic features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos, thousands of people experienced productions by established and emerging filmmakers from Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other racially diverse communities.

Each spring, we offer a true celebration of world-class cinema with red carpet events, invigorating discussions and industry panels, professional development opportunities and an awards brunch that honours excellence and outstanding achievements.

At the heart of all our efforts is a love of film and a belief in Canadian Talent. Our programmers choose more than 50 films and music videos each year and we program between 50% and 75% Canadian content.

Since 2001, we have welcomed films from more than 140 countries, including China, Ethiopia, France, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

We have had the privilege of showcasing:

  • 91 world premieres.
  • 36 international premieres.
  • 251 Canadian premieres.
  • 137 Toronto premieres.


ReelWorld films represent the real world.
ReelWorld opening night films become audience favourites.

Some of the films we've opened the festival with include:

Kamataki (2006), a Canadian-Japanese production from Quebec's Claude Gagnon

A Winter Tale (2007), by Toronto filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon

Spinning into Butter (2008) by Director Mark Brokaw

Gospel Hill (2009), Giancarlo Esposito's directorial debut

Off World (2010), the debut feature of independent filmmaker Mateo Guez

Snow (2011) by Director Rohan Fernando

LUV (2012) Filmmaker Sheldon Candis' film, starring Michael Rainey Jr, Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover.

At ReelWorld, celebrities mingle with festival attendees

In the past, attendees have mixed and mingled with celebrities including Eriq La Salle, Robert Townsend, South Asian super-star Shabana Azmi, Vivica A. Fox, Little X, Nicki Minaj and many more at some of Toronto's most happening and exclusive hot spots.

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