The pandemic has affected our community and industry in ways we could never have imagined. Reelworld is so proud of the many ways in which the arts community and our industry sectors have banded together to keep our communities from harm. We hope that you are safe and supported wherever this finds you. 

Reelworld has taken steps to do our part to contain the spread. On March 12th, our staff began working remotely and we continued to follow government and medical guidelines: postponing all upcoming travel, and creating the means to move some of our events to digital spaces. 

For more information on the novel corona virus, COVID-19 itself and for new developments in our government's response, we urge you to first make use of official resources such as your local municipal website and

Reelworld is working towards our 2020 festival in October. We recognize that it is a time of uncertainty which is why we are exploring digital as well as "real life" events to support artists, community, and our partners. Our efforts and sacrifices will pay off and we will get through this together!


We are accepting film submissions now! Extended Earlybird deadline is May 6th

Are you an emerging filmmaker with a great film idea? Apply to our Emerging 20 program.

Know someone in our industry who deserves recognition? Nominate them for a Visionary Award or Trailblazer Award

We know that the event cancellations and social distancing have impacted our industry and community. Please see here where we will continue to share any opportunities or funding initiatives that we receive.


Emergency Funding Initiatives:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

CBC Creative Relief Fund $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries. Canadian creators can apply now until Friday, April 24

TOArtist COVID Response Fund: $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AFC - emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals

#Canada Performs - $1,000 grant to Canadian artists of any discipline to support a 45- to 60-minute livestream performance planned March 19 - 31.

Woodcock Fund Grant - emergency funds for writers mid-project 

nabs Canada - financial assistance for media professionals, marketing, and communications pros

Unison Benevolent Fund - financial aid for musicians 


Glad Day Bookshop Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers


CANADIAN Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund​

If you know of any initiatives that may be added to the list, please contact us to let us know.

Reelworld is a registered Canadian charity: Charitable #873045611RR0001


Address: 20 Richmond St. E., Suite #600, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2R9

Tel:  416-598-7933​.

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