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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.

Events

Narrative Trailblazers

February 23rd, 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET

Narrative Trailblazers

Cicely Tyson once said, "Social transformation is not measured in weeks or months, but in generations." Reelworld programmer Aisha Evelyna is curating a retrospective presentation of Winston Moxam's Barbara James and Sudz Sutherland's Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. Enjoy this free double bill screening online from February 23rd at 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET.

Virtual Conversation with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy

February 28th, 2024 - 7PM

Virtual Conversation with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy

On February 28th, we’ll have filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy join us for a virtual conversation. Together, they will explore the origins of Black Canadian cinema, its current state, and the heights yet to be reached. Reelworld programmer Aisha Evelyna is curating a retrospective presentation of Winston Moxam's Barbara James and Sudz Sutherland's Love, Sex and Eating the Bones.

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

February 28th, 2024

Virtual Conversation with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy

On February 28th, we’ll have filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy join us for a virtual conversation. Together, they will explore the origins of Black Canadian cinema, its current state, and the heights yet to be reached.

February 23rd 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET

Narrative Trailblazers

Cicely Tyson once said, "Social transformation is not measured in weeks or months, but in generations." Reelworld programmer Aisha Evelyna is curating a retrospective presentation of Winston Moxam's Barbara James and Sudz Sutherland's Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. Enjoy this free double bill screening online from February 23rd at 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET.

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