Reelworld in Media 

Over the years, Reelworld Film Festival has attracted the attention of countless media outlets.

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Tonya Williams discusses Reelworld's new initiative, Access Reelworld.  Access Reelworld is an online database that will help industry professionals to find the Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Latinx talent they seek. 

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"We should not have to move to the U.S. to make a basic living," Black Canadian actors, producers, directors and writers, including Reelworld Board Members, Alumni and supporters, urged in an open letter to the federal government.

The Opening Night Gala and Reception on Thursday, October 17 was held at the Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Building, Toronto. Special guests included The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Film director Shelley Niro a member of Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. And Canadian actor Billy Merasty.

“We also have a hand in creating a new and more realistic vision on what being a woman is (and it’s not about being pretty arm candy for men to ogle). We need more female characters that are smart — not pretty and smart, but just plain old smart.”  Tonya Williams sits down with The MUFF Society Blog, a community that celebrates women in film and TV.

I love, love, love, love stories - I was that two year old that needed a bedtime story every night. I started to read when I was three because I wanted to get more stories. My mother would leave me at the library when she did errands. The library was my haven - I loved books and then I found television, and was obsessed, I still am...

First thing’s first, this is not your typical immigrant or OFW story. Becoming Labrador will definitely hit the hearts of the people who’s only wish is to be reunited with their families. Who would’ve thought that there’ll be a small Filipino community in Goose-Bay? A humble little town in the province of Labrador.

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Reelworld Film Festival Returns for its 19th year. The annual Toronto festival puts the spotlight on racially diverse Canadian filmmakers. CTV spotlights Reelworld Film Festival in a discussion with its founder, Tonya Williams.

Since 2001, the Reelworld Film Festival has been showcasing and connecting BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Colour) filmmakers as an antidote to the lack of diversity and representation in the film industry. Founded by actress, producer, and director, Tonya Williams, the festival has been an incubator and champion of diverse filmmakers before the #OscarsSoWhite movement was a part of the cultural lexicon. 

'Because We Are Girls’ chronicles how 3 sisters who were sexually abused by a relative struggle to discuss it within their conservative Sikh family and community. Part of the Reelworld Film Festival, the documentary will be screened on Saturday at the Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas in Toronto. 

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