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.

Events

Asian Heritage Film Festival

11AM EST | July 30

Asian Heritage Film Festival

Now in its 13th year, the Reelworld Screen Institute, in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture, presents the Asian Heritage Film Festival.

The festival will begin with a special screening of the feature film, “In the Rumbling Belly of Motherland”, directed by Brishkay Ahmed, and followed by a Shorts Programme focused on Asian intergenerational stories. Asian Heritage Month may be over, but now more than ever, Asian Canadians must be celebrated throughout the year. So in this vein, we’re bringing you Ahmed’s incredible and prescient story of journalists in Kabul reporting breaking news on Taliban and US peace talks, and a series of short films exploring intergenerational conflict across the Asian diaspora.

Emerging 20 Table Reads

July 19TH - Aug. 2ND

Emerging 20 Table Reads

The Emerging 20 Table Reads are an opportunity for our emerging writers to hear their work read out loud by professional racially diverse Canadian talent.

Her Frame Matters: Reelworld Town Hall

5PM EST | Apr 13

Her Frame Matters: Reelworld Town Hall

Reelworld Screen Institute presents #HerFrameMatters - a series of programs focused on the depiction of Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian and Women of Colour on Canadian screen. We are excited to invite you to an in-person town hall with Access Reelworld members from Ontario who identify as women on April 13, 2022. We want to hear your thoughts and receive your input on gaps that need to be addressed in the creation of the Reelworld Protocol Guideline - a guideline for industry creatives, producers and executives to identify how various steps in the film and TV business, can contribute to the authentic portrayal of racially diverse women. #HerFrameMatters is supported by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Level Up 2 Program

Level Up 2 Program

Level UP 2 is an on-the-ground experience developed in partnership with Rogers Sports & Media for Canadian writers and directors. Selected writers will spend four weeks of the program working remotely in the show’s virtual writers room, and one week on set learning about changes made to various drafts of the scripts while experiencing the collaborative nature of television production and understanding the importance of each department.

Emerging 20 Table Reads

July 19TH - Aug. 2ND

Emerging 20 Table Reads

"The Emerging 20 Table Reads are an opportunity for our emerging writers to hear their work read out loud by professional racially diverse Canadian talent.
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2022 Reelworld Producer Program

2022 Reelworld Producer Program

The Reelworld Producer Program is a year-long curriculum that provides mentoring and learning opportunities, and creates pathways to build a career as a producer in the television industry. The program candidates will be immersed in the business side of the Canadian entertainment field. After choosing a project, under a mentor, they will learn valuable skills such as creating a corporation, retaining intellectual property rights, choosing and optioning scripts, creating deal memos, choosing key creatives and casting directors, plus much more.