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The Reelworld Screen Institute provides year-round initiatives, programs, and events to foster professional development for our Canadian racially diverse talent, to deepen their artistic practice, and to strengthen this creative community and network.  


We create more opportunities by focusing on the research, advocacy, policy, and infrastructure changes needed within our industry and government.  


Reelworld Institute is working to increase the number of Canadian decision-makers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, or People of Colur. When we have real representation at high levels, we will be able to create a more level playing field.

We are creating Access and Inclusion.



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Richard Young

Actor and WGC Member

“As an E20 alumni, Reelworld's speed networking events and panels helped my partner and I refine our package for the dramatic short film "Captive Love", which was necessary to make the film a reality. Through Reelworld's partnership with ACTRA Toronto, this festival showcased some of the first screen projects I wrote, which was a stepping stone for me getting into the WGC Diverse Screenwriters Program and eventually becoming a WGC member writing for television. Most recently, Reelworld premiered "Maternal", the short film I wrote about privilege in the arts. Maternal went on to a highly successful festival run, its lead actor was nominated for an ACTRA Toronto award, and this summer will join the CBC Reflections collection. In Toronto, Reelworld is the home for all ethnically diverse artists, understanding their needs and giving them a voice to show that our stories do matter.”



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