The Reelworld Film Festival exclusively showcases Canadian artists, filmmakers and creators who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Latinx. We present narrative features, comedies, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content, and VR/360.
Reelworld Film Festival exists to serve the Canadian artistic community, seek out and showcase emerging talent and excellence in underrepresented Canadians, and give audiences the chance to participate in community engaged media art experiences that truly represent the richness of Canadian diversity.
In addition to showcasing artists’ work, Reelworld boasts a longstanding tradition of recognizing and spotlighting Canadian artists. Reelworld is a competitive film festival with a jury of industry professionals who recognize excellence in Canadian film. Each year, we also present 6 Trailblazer Awards to rising media-artists and filmmakers and the Visionary award for lifetime work in equity to one outstanding person.
Alongside the festival we run our popular and free of charge industry panels. These panels feature Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latinx content creators and experts - highlighting their success and talent, and creating opportunities for shared learning among diverse artists.
We Focus on Talent and Content
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