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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.


Asian Heritage Month Film Festival, Programmed by Reelworld

Sunday, May 5 at 7:00pm

Asian Heritage Month Film Festival, Programmed by Reelworld

Reelworld Screen Institute is honoured to celebrate 15 years of partnership with Asian Heritage Month. The Asian Heritage Month Film Festival, held in collaboration with Reelworld Film Festival, presents a curated program about families across borders. The event will feature a Shorts and Series Programme in addition to a Q/A moderated by Zaarin Bushra.

Hot Docs co-presentation

April 26 at 8pm & April 27 at 2:15pm

Hot Docs co-presentation

Reelworld is excited to co-present Wilfred Buck from director Lisa Jackson at the 2024 Hot Docs Film Festival. This hybrid, time-travelling road trip takes us into the harrowing life of charismatic Cree elder, star expert and ceremonial leader Wilfred Buck. Screenings are on April 26 at 8pm & April 27 at 2:15pm. Get your tickets.

Past Reelworld Events

From January 31st to February 2nd, Reelworld staff and selected delegates from the Black Entrepreneurs Program and the Producer Program attended CMPA's Prime Time in Ottawa.

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 on 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 Reelworld Programs & Events

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