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 7 days in October (October 20 - 27, 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. 

The Reelworld Film Festival is proud to award over $20,000 in cash and over $20,000 in prizes to the recipients of our festival awards this year. We would like to thank TD Bank Group, Warner Media, DGC National, Shaftesbury, Bell Fund, CBC, CMPA, CMF, IPF, WIFT-Toronto, Entertainment Partners Canada, Chargefield and AstroLab Studios for their generous contributions towards these awards. We would also like to thank Pierre Laurent for gifting luxury watches to this year’s Trailblazer, Visionary Award, and Award of Excellence recipients. Last but not least, we appreciate all the audience members who rate the films they watch and contribute to the selection of the Reelworld Audience Choice Award. To see the full list of all the awards, click here.

The award show will 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.

Check out our 2021 Program Guide! Click Here

See the full list of this year's feature films! Click Here

See the full list of this year's short films! Click Here

Get your Passes now! Early Bird Special: Buy one, get one free until September 22nd, 2021



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"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

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