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Congratulations, Reelworld Alumni!

CBC Creative Relief Fund Recipients 

$2.2 million in development and production funding has been granted to 119 original Canadian projects through CBC's new Creative Relief Fund, with 43% of funded projects by BIPOC creators. Congratulations to Reelworld E20 alumni Ian Steaman and Obediya Jones-Darrell who received funding for their projects SNKRHDS and Metanoia. 

SNKRHDS, created by Ian Steaman

If Seinfeld, Donald Glover and Kanye West had a baby, it would be SNKRHDS (pronounced “Sneakerheads”), a half-hour episodic workplace dramedy centred around Elite, a struggling start-up sneaker boutique located in downtown Toronto. Founded by 26-year-old Ethan, a Chicago transplant trying to start his life over, the store represents all of his hopes and dreams for that new life, if the misfits he’s hired to work there don’t sink it first!

Metanoia, created by Obediya Jones-Darrell

In this mystical action-adventure animated series with vivid mythology set to a hard hitting Hip Hop soundtrack, we're taken along an adventure where an artist begins to discover his true calling; uplifting himself and those around him. Metanoia delivers a powerful message of positivity and letting go of negative vibes.

2020 Hot Docs Rogers Audience Award 

Lulu Wei has won the Rogers Audience Award at the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Lulu's award-winning feature length documentary, There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, received funding from Telefilm's Talent to Watch Program through Reelworld's recommendation. 

There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s iconic discount bargain palace, stood at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst for almost 70 years. Now slated to be replaced with luxury apartments, the Toronto landmark closed its doors on December 31, 2016. It was the end of an era—and another warning sign of Canada’s worsening housing crisis. Turning the lens on herself as well as several other longtime residents displaced by the new development, director Lulu Wei captures a unique profile of a community losing access to both the residential and commercial spaces that allowed it to flourish. Their story is another addition to the growing number of Toronto neighbourhoods whose community fabric has been torn by the forces of gentrification. The question skilfully posed by Wei’s film, “Are we building a neighbourhood, or are we just building buildings?”, remains yet to be answered. 

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