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Reelworld
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Awards 2021

2022 REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Reelworld Film Festival is proud to present two cash awards: $25,000 for Outstanding Feature Film and $10,000 for Outstanding Short Film. This year’s award sponsors include DGC National, WIFT-Toronto, Entertainment Partners Canada, Chargefield, AstroLab Studios, Lenz Rental and Asian Television Network. Feature and Short award categories this year include Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Writer, Outstanding Cinematographer, Outstanding Producer, and Outstanding Film. Audience members are also encouraged to participate and rate the films they watch and contribute to the selection of the Reelworld Audience Choice Award.

 

2022 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.

FEATURE JURORS

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Howard Adler

Howard Adler holds a bachelor of arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a master of arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is the co-founder/director/programmer for the Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa, Canada.

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TJ Cuthand

TJ Cuthand (b. 1978 Regina SK) is an experimental/narrative filmmaker working with topics of sexuality, madness, Indigiqueer/2S identity and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. He is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, residing in Toronto, Canada.

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Pedro Diaz

Pedro Díaz is the director of Churún Merú, and acts as translator for newcomers from Latin America. He has been incessantly looking after the continuous development of the Group since its foundation. He is a well-known member in the Latin-American Community in Canada's National Region Capital. The Group consider it especially important to interpret their rich musical heritage with a high standard of choreographic work.

SHORTS JURORS

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David Cormican

David Cormican is an Emmy®-nominated producer. He is Co-Founder and President of Don Carmody Television (DCTV) and Washington Square Entertainment, a co-founder of NFT marketplace and blockchain-based studio Mogul Productions, and a member of the prestigious Producers Guild of America (p.g.a.) and the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC).
 

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Nicole Mendes

Born in Scarborough and bred for a career in the arts (whether her parents want to acknowledge it or not) Nicole Mendes is the VP of Scripted Development at Lark Productions where she oversees strategy and development for the company. Prior to that she spent over a decade at the CBC, Canada’s Public Broadcaster.

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Phil Planta

Phil Planta is a BC based filmmaker, film instructor, and VFX artist. He is producer of the indie feature ‘Beyond Redemption’ which sold in over 30 countries, TELUS STORYHIVE’s award winning shorts ‘Akashi’ and ‘Gong Ju’, Crazy8s finalists ‘Gemini’& ‘Parabola, the Harold Greenberg shorts ‘In Loving Memory’ and ‘Duérmete Niño’.

2021 FEATURES AWARDS

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Outstanding Feature Film Actress

Aki Yaghoubi

Sin La Habana

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Outstanding Feature Film Cinematographer

Juan Pablo Ramirez

Sin La Habana

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Outstanding Feature Film Writer

Kaveh Nabatian & Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Sin La Habana

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Outstanding Feature Film Actor

Yonah Acosta Gonzales

Sin La Habana

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Outstanding Feature Film Award

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland

Brishkay Ahmed

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Outstanding Feature Film Director

Kaveh Nabatian

Sin La Habana

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Outstanding Feature Film Producer

Brishkay Ahmed

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland

2021 SHORTS AWARDS

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Outstanding Short Film Award

Baba

Jay Kamal

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Outstanding Short Film Actor

Kingston Gomes

Baba

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Outstanding Short Film Writer

Jay Kamal & Javier Badillo

Baba

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Outstanding Short Film Actress

Trinity Moriah Jones

Stray

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Outstanding Short Film Director

King Louie Palomo

Nene

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Outstanding Short Film Cinematographer

Bongani Mlambo

Stray

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Outstanding Short Film Producer

John Tan and Ivan D. Ossa

In Other News

2021 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

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With Wonder

Sharon Lewis

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