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We are Creating Access and Inclusion.

The Reelworld Screen Institute provides year-round initiatives, programs, and events to foster professional development for our Canadian racially diverse talent, to deepen their artistic practice, and to strengthen this creative community and network.

We create more opportunities by focusing on the research, advocacy, policy, and infrastructure changes needed within our industry and government.

Reelworld Institute is working to increase the number of Canadian decision-makers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, or People of Colour. When we have real representation at high levels, we will be able to create a more level playing field.


Reality Check: Thinking Strategically In Today's TV Landscape

11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET l Friday, September 22nd

Reality Check: Thinking Strategically In Today's TV Landscape

In collaboration with Blue Ant Media, Reelworld is hosting an in-person workshop designed for mid- to senior-level TV producers. This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn from industry experts: Sam Linton, VP of Production and Development at Global Media, and Julie Chang, EVP of Business Strategy and Co-Productions. The workshop's focus is to help established producers enhance their strategic thinking about their businesses and the broader industry landscape.

Who Should Apply: This workshop is intended for producers of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour backgrounds who are active in the Factual and Unscripted domains of TV production. Priority will be given to producers who have completed at least two feature documentaries or one series under their company.

Place: Blue Ant Media Office, 99 Atlantic Ave, M6K 3J8

Application deadline: Friday, September 1, 12:00 pm ET.

Past Reelworld Events

On September 24th, the Black Academy's Legacy Awards returns for its second year. Reelworld Founder and Executive Director, Tonya Williams was presented the Visionary Award by Toronto International Film Festival CEO Cameron Bailey. Tonya was awarded or her exceptional leadership, contagious tenacity, innovation, activism, and fierce dedication to uplifting communities of colour in the Canadian screen industries.

Tonya Williams receives a EXNW Global Connector Award

Reelworld at BANFF 2023

Reelworld provided a unique opportunity for its delegation and alumni to connect with industry leaders and stakeholders at BANFF. This gathering facilitated meaningful conversations and connections that will undoubtedly shape the future of an inclusive screen industry in Canada.

Tonya Williams and Tamara Dawit presented an engaging discussion at the 2023 Federal Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference hosted by Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) Canada.

Reelworld at SeriesFest

We want to shout out our E20 alums who participated in this year's SeriesFest Pitch-A-Thon. Qaseem Fazal (@qaseemf) and Mahlena-Rae Johnson (@mahlenasguidetolife) did a fantastic job! Also in attendance were Arshad Khan (@arshadfilms), Mostafa Shaker (@itsmostafashaker), Diane Johnstone (@dianejohnstone1), and our program manager Zaarin Bushra (@zaarinb). We are excited to see what the future holds for these writers!

Reelworld at Cannes

Reelworld has taken nine accomplished alumni to the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival. The delegation includes Jessica Carter, Glenda Clarke, Cara Douglas, Audra Gray, Yasmine Mathurin, Chibie Louis-Okoye, Keda Edwards Pierre, Sheldon Shaw, Sina Sultani, and three Cannes Delegation Facilitators, Tonya Williams, Allison Wilson-Forbes, and Orla Garriques.

Past Reelword Events

Upcoming Programs & Events

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