top of page

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program

The Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program is a training initiative for Black casting directors, agents, managers, and producers in Canada. This first of its kind program provides transformational business advisory services, training, paid apprenticeship, capital investment, and networking opportunities.

Over the course of 9 months, the selected participants will commit to 3 months of specified training 2 times a week for 2-3 hours, 3 months of mentorship, and 3 months of working with business consultants. This program also supports participants with incorporating their business, exclusive access to industry markets, and networking opportunities.

Beginning March 2024, the cohorts of 16 chosen applicants will participate in a series of workshops focused on structuring a company for success with training in the key areas of strategic planning, finance, human resources, marketing and sales.

Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program est une série d'ateliers pour les réalisateurs, les agents, les managers et les producteurs noirs au Canada. Ce programme unique offre aux entreprises transformationnelles des services de conseil, de la formation, des apprentissages rémunérés, des investissements en capital et des possibilités de réseautage.

Au cours de 9 mois, les participants sélectionnés s'engageront dans 3 mois de formation spécifique 2 fois par semaine pendant 2 à 3 heures, 3 mois de mentorat et 3 mois de travail avec des consultants en entreprise. Ce programme aide également les participants à intégrer leur entreprise, avoir un accès exclusif aux marchés de l'industrie et trouver des possibilités de réseautage.

À partir de mars 2024, les 16 candidats sélectionnés participeront à une série d'ateliers axés sur la structuration d'une entreprise florissante dans les domaines de la planification stratégique, des finances, des ressources humaines, du marketing et des ventes.

All Black Canadians who are looking to build their own businesses as casting directors, agents, managers and producers should apply for this first-of-its-kind program.

Tous les Canadiens noirs qui cherchent à créer leur propre entreprise en tant que réalisateurs, agents, managers et producteurs devraient postuler à ce programme unique.

Applications now Closed

Why Change Matters / Pourquoi la transformation est importante

The lack of Black representation as gatekeepers in these areas is a grievous gap in the Canadian ecosystem of Entrepreneurs.

"The value of having a good agent and manager who looks like you and knows the challenges you will have to face is immeasurable, and to have casting directors who can view talent through a different lens will be a game changer in our industry." - Tonya Williams, Actress, Producer, and Founder & Executive Director, Reelworld Screen Institute.

Le manque de représentation des personnes noires en tant que gardiens dans ces domaines est une lacune dans l'écosystème canadien des entrepreneurs.

"La valeur d'avoir un bon agent et manager qui vous ressemble et qui connaît les défis auxquels vous devrez faire face est incommensurable, et avoir des réalisateurs de casting qui peuvent voir les talents sous un angle différent changera la donne dans notre industrie." - Tonya Williams, actrice, productrice et fondatrice et directrice exécutive, Reelworld Screen Institute.

2024 Agents / Casting Directors / Managers

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Desirée Couture

Agent

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Wayne Samuels

Manager

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Nelie Diverlus

Casting Director

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Shani Mckenzie

Casting Director

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Marc Rutherford

Agent

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Michelle Allman-Esdaille

Manager

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Breanna Warner

Casting Director

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Warda Youssouf

Manager

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Sharon Hinds

Casting Director

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Chloe Coko Toka

Casting Director

2024 Producers

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Danilo Reyes

Producer

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Alice Teufack

Producer

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Ali Kellough

Producer

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Temilola Adebayo

Producer

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Letay Williams

Producer

Linda St Pierre  Headshot.jpg

Kathy-Ann Thomas

Producer

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Pahull Bains at pahull@reelworld.ca

Nous reconnaissons le soutien du gouvernement du Canada par l'agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l'Ontario.

Pour les opportunités de parrainage, contactez Pahull Bains à l’dresse pahull@reelworld.ca

FEDDEVDOUBLESIZE.png
ACTRA National
Shaftesbury
Telefilm Canada

We would also like to thank the following Industry Partners for their support:

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Afroglobal Television
Black Screen Office
Black Academy
Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC)
Channel Zero
CMF
CMPA
Freddie Films Inc
Independent Media Producers Association of Creative Talent (IMPACT)
Independent Production Fund (IPF)
Playback
Meridian Artists
Oya Media Group
Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC)
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

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.

bottom of page