awards & Jury

Reelworld is proud to be a juried film festival which spotlights and honours racially diverse, BIPOC Canadian talent. We prioritize our film selections and awards to include Canadian films that explore current and pressing social issues.

Click below to learn more about Reelworld Film Festival Awards and past recipients.





2019 Jurors

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.

Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia, Canada. His eclectic range of films have common themes, one of which being identity. Having been raised on his home reserve of Tl'etinqox and the neighboring town of Williams Lake, Mack channels his feeling of growing up between two worlds into his work with striking cinematography and experimentation which push the limits between reality, form, and story. His documentary work focuses on inspirational stories around land-based healing and communicating the importance of our relationship to the land.


Trevor Mack

Robyn Citizen, PhD is the International Programmer for the Short Cuts programme at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a programmer for the Human Rights Film Festival. She was a film lecturer at the University of British Columbia from 2012-2017 and has published her work in various journals and edited volumes. (Photo courtesy of TIFF. Photo by George Pimental)

Programmer, PhD

Robyn Citizen

Tina Hassannia is a freelance film critic and journalist based in Toronto. She has written for publications like National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Village Voice, Variety, and others. She is the author of Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema. You can find her on CBC Radio discussing film and television culture on Q's screen panel.

Film Critic & Journalist

Tina Hassannia

Anelle Dehghani has been an avid horror fan since she was a child, her first introduction to horror was Wes Craven’s ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, she’s been hooked on the genre ever since. After graduating from the Toronto Film School Production Program she began interning at Raven Banner Entertainment and was later brought onto the team. She currently handles film assets and deliveries as well as the VOD, Theatrical and Festival aspects of distribution.

Distribution Coordinator

Anelle Dehghani

Al Magee is a producer, showrunner, writer and mentor with over thirty years of experience in all genres. With over 50 feature film credits, Magee grew up as a writer and story editor on independent Canadian feature film breakouts like Roadkill and Highway 61, Rude, Cube and Eclipse. He has worked with many of Canada’s most influential filmmakers including Bruce McDonald, Clement Virgo, Deepa Mehta, Vincenzo Natalie and Jeremy Podeswa. As a television producer, creative consultant and showrunner he has over two thousand episodes of scripted, unscripted and documentary content on series like Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque On The Prairie, Cardinal, Slings and Arrows, Rent-A-Goalie, Kink, Designer Guys, Income Property, and Interrupt This Program. As a showrunner he has won a CSA and been nominated for an Emmy. Digital Productions include the comedy cult hit The Whole Truths, The Webby winning narrative Andy and the Upside, and the award winning I Kill Monsters and Night Chef. Honored numerous times for mentoring emerging talent, Al has designed and delivered hundreds of writing and production workshops. He has won the Alex Barris Mentorship Award from the WGC, and the Banff World TV Festival’s Award for Innovative Producer of the Year. In 2016 he founded the annual Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award and mentorship. He is stupidly proud of his 4.83 passenger rating on Uber.

Producer and Writer

Al Magee

Rabia Khan is a screenwriter, novelist, founder of The Pilot Project and global citizen splitting her time amongst a number of countries including Dubai, Canada, UK and Pakistan. As a result, Rabia’s stories all have a global theme and she writes culturally rich and diverse stories for film and television. She’s a graduate from Toronto Film School, a fan of thrillers, sci-fi and family dramas that dive deeply into the psychology of human relationships. Currently, Rabia is working on a political thriller series and adapting a classic play for the big screen. She also teaches story editing workshops and consults with writer/producer teams for feature films. Rabia’s program The Pilot Project is an academic project where undiscovered writers can have a chance to have their work read by established industry professionals. Generously volunteering their time, and handpicked with great thought, these professional writers and showrunners must have produced work that is or has been on the air. Their goal is to read the work and give honest and crucial feedback. The associated website provides a valuable resource where new and emerging writers can find the tools and information they need to help move their good ideas through the arduous task of adhering to industry standards. Rabia Khan speaks numerous languages including English, Urdu, Sindhi and Spanish.

Screenwriter and Novelist

Rabia Khan

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