For the past 20 years, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute have been leading national platforms for Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) in screen-based industries. Reelworld is pleased to present the inaugural Reelworld Screen Institute Emerging BIPOC Filmmaker Award to Bisong Taiwo, director of Time Sleeper, at the 2020 Afro Prairie Film Festival. This award will include $500 which may be used towards film submissions to national and international film festivals. Through this award, Reelworld Screen Institute aims to increase the visibility of BIPOC Canadian films and filmmakers on national and international stages. Reelworld Screen Institute will also be co-presenting the 2020 Black Leadership Award of Distinction to Joy Loewen, CEO of the National Screen Institute in Winnipeg, on behalf of Reelworld and Afro Prairie. 


In attendance to present the awards is Actress, Reelworld Film Festival, and Reelworld Screen Institute Founder and Executive Director, Tonya Williams. Tonya will be a special guest at the 2020 Afro Prairie Film Festival and will be presenting a Masterclass for Industry Professionals, sharing the wisdom gained over 40 years in the entertainment industry. Tonya's numerous awards include the WIFT-T Crystal Award, ACTRA Award of Excellence, Harry Jerome Award, NAACP Image Award and two Emmy nominations. Having worked in front of and behind the camera as a Producer, Director, and Writer, Tonya has a wealth of knowledge about the Canadian and USA industry. Her passion for more inclusion of BIPOC screen-based creators in the entertainment industry has been at the forefront since the inception of her career and advocacy work. Attendees will discover the new initiatives Reelworld has in store for Canadian BIPOC screen industry professionals and the new tools Reelworld is launching to create more jobs and opportunities for talent across Canada. 


Black Space Winnipeg, in Partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group, will present the 2020 Afro Prairie Film Festival in celebration of Black History Month, from February 19-23, 2020. The Afro Prairie Film Festival celebrates Black cinema across North America and promotes the work of established and emerging Black filmmakers in Canada. This four-day festival is filled with programming and education that explores Black narratives on screen and behind the scenes.

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