21st Edition of Reelworld Film Festival
Reelworld Film Festival showcases Canadian films by Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, and Latin American Canadian artists. We look for stories that break free of the negative stereotypes found in mainstream media.
The festival will be held over 5 days in October (October 20 - 25, 2021). Since our inaugural festival, we have gratefully screened at Cineplex Venues. In 2021, we continue pivoted to an online-only festival, streaming all films on a secure online portal available via web browser and Roku TV.
This year, $20,000 in cash and prizes will be provided to award recipients.
This year suggested awards include: Outstanding Feature Film Award, Outstanding Short Film Award, Audience Choice Award (Highest rated film by the audience), Standout Feature Film Producer, Standout Short Film Producer, Standout Feature Film Director, Standout Short Film Director, Standout Feature Film Actress, Standout Short Film Actress, Standout Feature Film Actor, Standout Short Film Actor, Standout Feature Film Writer, Standout Short Film Writer, Standout Feature Film Cinematographer, Standout Short Film Cinematographer
Want to view last years features and award winners? Click here.
Want to submit a film to be featured at Reelworld Film Festival 2021? Click here.
COMING SOON! The 2021 program guide and ticket sales
"Reelworld was one of the first festivals I ever attended and showed work at. In fact, I made a short film (Poor Man's Conversation, 2003) shortly after graduating, just to attend the festival! Luckily I got in, and that's where I met some amazing folks. Not just Tonya Williams, and the gang of well-wishers and organizers, but a group of other young talent, spread across various communities and backgrounds, that gave me the confidence to keep going. I watched films at that edition of the festival that inspired me, and others that angered me (in a good way). All of it was fuel. And by the end of that festival, I made a pact with a small group of artists, to go to India and make a short film. That short, Amal, paved the way for the rest of my career, and those collaborations persist today, 17 years later
Richie Mehta, Filmmaker