REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL
2021 REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The Reelworld Film Festival is proud to award over $20,000 in cash and over $20,000 in prizes to the recipients of our festival awards this year. We would like to thank Warner Media, DGC National, Shaftesbury, Bell Fund, CBC, CMPA, CMF, IPF, WIFT-Toronto, Entertainment Partners Canada, Chargefield and AstroLab Studios for their generous contributions towards these awards. We would also like to thank Pierre Laurent for gifting luxury watches to this year’s Trailblazer, Visionary Award, and Award of Excellence recipients.
The awards to be given this year include: Outstanding Feature Film Award, Outstanding Short Film Award, Audience Choice Award, Standout Feature Film Producer, Standout Short Film Producer, Standout Feature Film Director, Standout Short Film Director, Standout Feature Film Actress, Standout Short Film Actress, Standout Feature Film Actor, Standout Short Film Actor, Standout Feature Film Writer, Standout Short Film Writer, Standout Feature Film Cinematographer, and the Standout Short Film Cinematographer.
2021 FILM AWARDS JURY
We are pleased to host a competitive film festival with a jury of industry professionals who recognize excellence in Canadian and International film. Thank you to our dedicated jurors.
Prior to becoming a media executive, Andrea developed her sharp storytelling & production expertise as a showrunner on a range of award-winning kids’ and lifestyle series for HGTV Canada, Slice, CBC, and W Network. Andrea joins BGM as the Director of Content who is overseeing the development of current productions.
Connie Wang is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actress and creator. Connie stars in the award-winning web series Tokens, May Flowers, and The Boys. Connie’s commitment for herself and others is to re-create the world where every single artist is celebrated, honoured, and supported for being exactly as they are. Connie lives and expresses her every desire by taking inspired action and having full faith in her dreams, her team, and Source.
Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation, Lisa Meeches CM, OM, founded her production company Eagle Vision more than 20 years ago. Her many projects include The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest-running Indigenous television series; Ice Road Truckers; Tipi Tales; Elijah, a Gemini Award-winning MOW; and the 3-times nominated 2-time CSA winner Jack. She Executive Produced the 4-time CSA nominee and 2-time winner We Were Children and worked with Legacy of Hope and as the Director, Events Planning and Artistic Programming for the TRC. Lisa served as Creative Director/Executive Producer for the National MMIWG Inquiry. She was co-creator, executive producer, host, and was a director on the series Taken, for which she won a Beyond Borders Media Award and was nominated for two CSAs. Lisa is Co-Executive Producer on the hit series Burden of Truth. Lisa is Executive Director of the Manito Ahbee Festival and is devoted to her community and culture.
Medhat Hanbali is a composer specialized in music for media. With a wide palette ranging from orchestral to jazz, he scored numerous film and television productions for networks such as the BBC, CBC, and Teletoon. Medhat studied classical piano, pop & jazz composition (Marie-Victorin College), Digital Music (University of Montreal), and a Master’s degree in Film Scoring (Berklee).
Combining a passion for humanist, inclusive stories Karma Film, founded in 2001 by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Anand Ramayya has built an impressive track record with over 40 awards for excellence including 5 Geminis (Canada’s Emmy Award) and 2 Canada Awards for diverse content.
Maissa Houri (she/her) is an Arab-Canadian award-winning independent filmmaker and actor based out of Ottawa, Canada. She is currently the Director of Womxn’s Industry for the Digi60 Film Festival in Ottawa. When she's not on set, you can find her on her Instagram Live segment Moms After Dark interviewing mothers working in the creative field.
Richard Jean Baptiste
For the last 14 years, Richard was the lead partner of all production projects for one of the largest international advertising agencies; Sid Lee. Over the last 25 years, Richard produced more than 50 scripted and unscripted projects. In 2021, Richard decided to leave the world of advertising to fully dedicate himself to television and cinema.