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The Reelworld E20 Program

The Reelworld Emerging 20 is tailored to support writers and is streamed into two specific areas: Series and Film. Ten Candidates will be chosen for each stream. The Candidates will be taken through a part-time 6 month program to polish screenplays into a final draft. The E20 program wraps up in September with one-on-one pitch sessions designed to hone their pitching skills and develop their network. The program offers an excellent opportunity to work with story editors and industry professionals who help guide the writing process and share industry insights into the Canadian screen industry.

Applicants must be able to participate in all events which will take place virtually. Some experience in the industry is preferred. We are on the lookout for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or any Person of Colour from diverse backgrounds and perspectives which are underrepresented in today's media.

V. T. Nayani

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I am eternally grateful to Reelworld Film Festival for its support and faith in me, as a first-generation Tamil filmmaker. I've been working in the screen industries for just over 10 years now and it is only with Reelworld's nomination through the E-20 Program, that I was in the position to receive funding for my first feature drama This Place, through Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch Program. For artists like me, who did not go to film school or follow a "traditional" path, Reelworld is a space that creates direct access for marginalized and often-excluded filmmakers to realize their dreams. I entered the program with the hopes that I could work towards making my dream of bringing this project to fruition. Through the mentorship I received, I submitted the project for consideration, which was then championed by the Reelworld team, resulting in our success in receiving funding to finally make the film.

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V. T. Nayani

Artist and Story Teller

Access to Funding

E20 Alumni qualify to apply to Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program through the Industry stream with Reelworld and if selected offers up to $250,000 for fiction feature films and $150,000 for feature length documentaries.

The E20 program provides workshops and mentorships geared towards preparing a final script.

Skills Training

Pitching Opportunities

E20 participants are given the opportunity to meet, and pitch their projects at personal, one-on-one meetings with executive producers, directors, broadcasters, funders, agents, distributors, and union reps.

E20 participants have the opportunity to network with Reelworld Producer Program participants and foster collaborative relationships with the goal to move their script into development.

Networking

2023 Film Participants

Raine LeMay

Raine LeMay

Woman With A Camera

British Columbia

Ganesh Thavarajah

Ganesh Thavarajah

Man Abroad

Ontario

Michael Hwang

Michael Hwang

A Funeral

Ontario

Margarita Valderrama

Margarita Valderrama

Eyes Open

Ontario

Gavin Seal

Gavin Seal

Laughing With God

Quebec

Sara Rangooni

Sara Rangooni

Leveled

Ontario

Alice Wang

Alice Wang

Don't Forget Me

Ontario

Anaïsa Visser

Anaïsa Visser

Ashes

British Columbia

Cole Forrest

Cole Forrest

Fish

Ontario

Zena Schultz

Zena Schultz

Out Of The Bottle

Saskatchewan

2023 Series Participants

Mitchell Saddleback
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Mitchell Saddleback

Lilly's Got A Callback

British Columbia

Rosie Choo Pidcock
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Rosie Choo Pidcock

Esther & Sai

British Columbia

Panta Mosleh
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Panta Mosleh

Pass The Salt

British Columbia

Nick West
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Nick West

Gemini Twins

Ontario

Lea Geronimo
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Lea Geronimo

Adventure Space

Ontario

Jessica Powell
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Jessica Powell

The Rejects

Ontario

Meara Khanna
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Meara Khanna

Little Boxes

Ontario

Amira Anderson
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Amira Anderson

Duplicity

British Columbia

Brishkay Ahmed
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Brishkay Ahmed

Afghan Smoke

British Columbia

Darla Contois
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Darla Contois

In Care

Manitoba

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Upcoming Reelworld Programs & Events

Narrative Trailblazers

February 23rd 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET

Narrative Trailblazers

Cicely Tyson once said, "Social transformation is not measured in weeks or months, but in generations." Reelworld programmer Aisha Evelyna is curating a retrospective presentation of Winston Moxam's Barbara James and Sudz Sutherland's Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. Enjoy this free double bill screening online from February 23rd at 6pm to March 3rd at 11:59pm ET.

Virtual Conversation with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy

February 28th, 2024

Virtual Conversation with filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy

On February 28th, we’ll have filmmakers Sudz Sutherland and Thyrone Tommy join us for a virtual conversation. Together, they will explore the origins of Black Canadian cinema, its current state, and the heights yet to be reached.

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