To showcase, give opportunity to and provide professional development to Indigenous and racially diverse filmmakers whose work sparks positive social change.
Tonya Williams founded the Reelworld Film Festival in 2001 and Reelworld Foundation in 2002, to give opportunity to racially diverse Canadian filmmakers and media artists. Reelworld’s annual film festival is a registered non-profit organization, Reelworld Film Festival Inc. Reelworld’s year-round initiatives and programs are operated under the registered charity, Reelworld Foundation (Charitable #873045611RR0001)
Reelworld Film Festival showcases Canadian narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content and VR/360 films that spark conversation and fuel social impact. Reelworld is a juried festival and presents awards and prizes to Canadian Filmmakers. We are proud of our longstanding tradition of recognizing and spotlighting Canadian talent. Each year, we award one outstanding person the Visionary award for lifetime achievement and award the Trailblazer Award to 6 rising stars in the entertainment industry.
Now in our 19th year, we have launched the careers of 1000s of media artists. In addition to showcasing powerful stories, we offer targeted panels, lectures and workshops which deepen the artistic practice of BIPOC filmmakers and strengthen our artistic community and network.
Canada has a rich pool of talented BIPOC artists. We believe it is crucial for these artists to have the means to create authentic stories and for future generations to see varied and powerful representation in film and television and new media.