22nd Edition of Reelworld Film Festival

The Reelworld Film Festival showcases a wide variety of genres in narrative and documentary features and shorts, music videos, animation, series content for web and television, and VR/360 works. As a filmgoer, whether in person or online, you will enjoy the dramatic storytelling, hard-hitting documentaries, witty comedies and thoughtful abstractions that the 2022 Reelworld selections will offer. 

We focus on diverse works by diverse people. We showcase and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and all on and off screen talent. We connect with agents, casting directors, broadcasters and distributors, invite them to the festival, and help them find new Canadian talent. The Reelworld Film Festival programming reflects the strong and authentic voices from across Canada and features 100% Canadian Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour talent. As the country’s largest socially impactful film festival, Reelworld has reached a diverse audience of over 350,000 engaged individuals to-date.

Works selected for the festival will be screened and considered for awards by an independent jury of professional filmmakers and industry executives. This year the festival will increase the cash amount for two significant awards. Films in competition, which are Canadian or Ontario premieres, will be eligible for the cash awards of $25,000 for Outstanding Feature Film and $10,000 for Outstanding Short Film. Reelworld Film Festival is the only film festival in Canada with a mission and mandate that continues to support only Canadian filmmakers who are Indigenous, Black, Asian and People of Colour. It is also a Canadian Screen Award-qualifying festival. 

 

The jury-selected awards granted at the festival include: Outstanding Feature Film Award, Outstanding Short Film Award,, 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. There is also one Audience Choice Award, which goes to the highest rated film by the audience.

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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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