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 Colour. When we have real representation at high levels, we will be able to create a more level playing field.
Changing the Narrative Report
In 2020, motivated by our mission to eradicate racism by creating more opportunities for Canadian ethnically diverse professionals in the media industry, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute commissioned a report from Communications MDR titled "Changing the Narrative: 2020 Status of Canadian Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada's Screen-based Production Sector".
Reelworld Screen Institute has launched an industry-wide research project addressing stereotypical depictions of Black, Indigenous, Asian and Women of Colour in film and TV. The project will produce a research-backed protocol guideline that will help the creatives, producers and executives in our industry to identify how various roles in the creation of content can contribute to the authentic portrayal of these racially diverse women.
More Reelworld Research Projects to Come
Upcoming Reelworld Programs & Events
May 17 | 1PM EST
Her Frame Matters: Part 2: Showrunners
Reelworld Screen Institute presents Her Frame Matters - a series of programs focused on the depiction of Black, Indigenous, Asian and Women of Colour on Canadian screen. In the first installment of events, we are excited to host a webinar with showrunners of a series featuring a major character who is Indigenous, Black, Asian or a Woman of Colour. Join us on May 17 at 1:00pm EST with R.T. Thorne (Utopia Falls), Mary Galloway (Querencia), Joseph Kay (Transplant) and more on the role of a showrunner in the shaping of a character who is Black, Indigenous, or a Woman of Colour.
Reelworld Emerging 20 Program
Reelworld Emerging 20 (E20) Program has been redesigned. The program has been tailored to support writers and will be streamed into two specific areas: Series and Film. Ten Candidates will be chosen for each stream. The Candidates will be taken through an intense 3-month program to create or polish their idea into a script draft. You will work with story editors and industry professionals who will help guide you through the process and share industry insights into the Canadian screen industry.